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Re: How much is too much, what is the needed amount....

On 4/24/2014 DeePa said:

I have to admit that my eye always catches a good price on linens. It seems that there is so much more choice to the quality and style and material of linens now and I do sucker for it a few times a year. I have limited storage space so here is the method to the madness in my house. I use the canvas under the bed storage bags to hold the sheets for all seasons except winter. I store the flannel sheets in the guest room closet. I have at least 3 sets of sheets in two types of fabrics for the three seasons and the same for the flannel.

The towels have to be stored in the bathrooms and the two drawers that I have in buffet for the kitchen. As I buy new I either put the old ones in a donation box for the pet shelter/vet's office or keep a few in the garage/laundry room. The bed linens and bath towels go in the same donation box.

I do have some vintage linens and those I keep in the guest closet.

I have a king and queen bed so the blankets get out of control so easy. I have all of those in the guest closet. The extra comforters, etc are also in there. I have a weakness for bed sets when I find them in my color scheme so I have to remind myself of the storage fact. I like to have different weights for the different seasons. Easy pay always suckers me on that one. The older ones that are still decent go into the cedar closet for when company stays and the other ones go to the donation box.

This is the method that finally works for my storage issues and my budget.

I have started taking all my old towels and sheets and blankets to the vet as well. They board and groom animals there, as well as need the items for the ones that have to stay in the hospital. They are always so grateful for the new items, and I love that it is helping out animals. We had a local cat shelter burn here this winter, and I was sure to donate what I had going out to them at the time as well.

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Re: How much is too much, what is the needed amount....

On 4/25/2014 Luv2Decorate said:
On 4/25/2014 bigsister said:

Actually, I stop buying when I no longer can shove any more items in my linen closet. lol

{#emotions_dlg.laugh}

I'm the same way! I have a ton of dish towels for the kitchen, I just can't get rid of them.

For the kid's rooms they like what they have and I just have one set per bed. I wash and put them right back on the bed. But for our bed, I have several different coverlets, shams and pillows. I love good linens, it's a weakness for me! Love Yves Delorme and Peacock Alley, they are both great quality, I have to keep them.

bigsister, I've got the "shove" thing down to an art. My linen closet is really small, and I tend to try to store way to much in it. I decluttered it this winter so it is now socially acceptable, but the blanket closet.... lets just say you have to open it at your own risk.

Luv, I'm going to check out the brands you mentioned. Like I need another obsession, but thanks!

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I'm the only person besides my mother who has more than one set of sheets/bed. Everyone I know thinks I'm nuts because I can't bear to toss the 10 sets I have for my bed, but most were wedding gifts, and a few others were ones my late dh loved. So, can't bear to part with any of other, either.

I have 3 sets for each other other 3 beds in the house, but that's because my son's in HS and it's like a fraternity house here all summer long plus weekends and breaks with 3-6 boys doing sleepovers non-stop.

Towels: 12 sets (see frat comment above - everyone takes a shower here every day).

Quilts: 20

Complete comforter sets: 8

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Mine are everywhere, have tons of vintage dish towels, pillowcases, chenille spreads and throws. Along with the new, they're in bathroom drawers, bathroom cupboard, a cabinet in the bathroom, closets, under the bed, a cabinet in the bedroom and containers in the shed. Oh yeah, in a couple dresser drawers too, yikes. I do rotate though, when something comes in, something goes out. Don't have tons of towels at least, ha, ha. I control myself somewhere.
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Two great sets for my king bed; one great set on the guest queen bed. Four Hotel Collection towels for DH's bathroom; 4 sets different colors HC towels for my bathroom (doubles as guest bath which has only be used about 10 times). My kitchen towels: 3 micro fibers and 3 hand towels which are placed side by side on oven door. All my old tea towels have become shelf liners in bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Simple to toss them in wash when annually de cluttering!!!! All the linens in the condo we bought went to the Naples veterinary clinic -- almost a vanful. The really nice items went to Goodwill there.
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For me, I have two sets for each bed in the house which is three, mine, my daughter's and my son's. I have no desire to have a fortune in bedding sitting around for no reason, it is too expensive and there are so many other things to spend money on.

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On 4/25/2014 bigsister said:

Actually, I stop buying when I no longer can shove any more items in my linen closet. lol

This describes me.

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Thanks ladies! I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who likes linens and tends to overstock.

Admire those of you with the restraint to have just enough, without going overboard, maybe I'll get there someday!

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I've never been good about knowing when enough is in reality too much...


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