I know that last week’s challenge was a big one so you might be feeling like a break from all of this decluttering (like my cat Sam pictured hiding under a blanket!). I don’t want us to lose momentum, so let’s do a smaller category this week – our doonas, blankets and doona covers.
If you whiz through this one and have a little bit of time up your sleeves, you can head back to the clothing category from last week if you haven’t managed to get through it. If you did, yay you! Use the time as “me” time and pamper yourself!
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
Revisit the criteria you created during Week 1 of our challenge to assist you in making decisions about these items.
You might have multiple doonas and covers that are in excellent condition, but how many of them do you actually use or like?
Are any of them looking a bit old, sad or in disrepair?
Maybe you have changed the look of your room and they no longer fit with the décor.
How many do you need?
That is a common question and it all depends upon your household composition, size and number of beds in your home, individual preferences and also available storage space. There is no one-size-fits-all, but I would suggest 1-2 doonas per bed, 2 doona covers (3 as absolute maximum) and 1 blanket per bed. This will give you plenty of variations to account for additional bedding for guests, change in weather and washing cycles.
I have one lightweight doona and one heavy one for the master bed which get changed over seasonally. We also have a doona on the guest bed which can be supplemented by a blanket if required.
What do I do with the keepers?
When it comes to placing items back in your cupboard, always store like-with-like. You will hear us saying this a lot. It is not only a time saver when it comes to finding and maintaining your items, but it also helps other family members do the same – and who doesn’t love that! I will show you a photo of my linen cupboard soon.
If you want to take it one step further, you can make some labels for the shelves too. I did this when my husband made a comment that he didn’t ever put the linen away because he didn’t know where anything goes in the linen cupboard. Well, let’s just say that I haven’t heard those words again!
You can also place things into a vacuum bag. If you do this, write the contents on a post-it note or piece of paper and slip it inside the bag so it is visible. That way you don’t have to undo it to work out what is inside.
We should always use the absolute top or bottom of a cupboard for things that aren’t in regular use.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If they are in good condition, you could sell, swap or donate them.
- Sell or Swap:
o Swap with your friends or family.
o Facebook Marketplace
o Garage Sale
- Donate options:
o Charity shops such as the Salvos or Vinnies
o Green Shed (Mitchell or Mugga Lane)
o GIVIT (check what is needed in your area right now)
o Some animal shelters and related groups will also gratefully accept blankets
If they are well worn, have holes or stains etc. consider using them as rags before you place them in the bin.
How did you go?
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