Cleaning, Purging and Organizing Kitchen Linens

Hi everyone!
Sometimes I just look around my home and see a gazillion things I need to get done. And it seems overwhelming at times. I just want to stop the clock and become Flash Gordon and zoom around and get everything done. But, for some reason I seem to have lost my super powers. Do they sell super powers on Ebay?
So, when this feeling hits me I find a smaller project that I know I can work on and finish and see results all in a small amount of time. I get that instant gratification feeling.
I chose my kitchen linens. The drawer I kept my dish towels, dish rags and pot holders. This drawer was just overflowing and crammed full.
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My kitchen linen drawer is in a free standing cabinet and right above this drawer is the microwave.
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First thing I did was to toss everything out of the drawer. I quickly discovered that I had things in there that I did realize were in there!
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I had no idea that so many crumbs fell into this drawer from the microwave. I’m sure when I would swipe down the area the drawer was probably a little bit opened and crumbs fell right in there. And sadly the drawer was so full most of the time it didn’t completely close like it should.
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So starting with a clean drawer was the next step after taking everything out of it.
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The next step, which really is the most important step and the hardest, quickly go through everything that was in the drawer and purge! I honestly didn’t realize how many dish towels I had. So many were buried and I always just grabbed whatever linen was on top. And potholders, I had dollar store Christmas potholders in here from years ago! Why?
The items that were in good condition that I purged (like Christmas potholders!) I tossed in a bag for donation.
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The ones with holes, major stains or fraying went to the “one time use” rag pile to be cut up.
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I cut them up immediately so I didn’t change my mind later! I cut my rags into a couple of different sizes. The picture above is about the size of a disinfecting wipe. I use it once and throw it away. You don’t always need a large rag.
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I divided my rags into 3 separate bags. One to go under the kitchen sink and the other two go under the sinks of both the bathrooms.
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Wow! after I folded my towels and placed them back into the drawer I was shocked at how much room I had left. Which was a good thing because I finally wanted to have ALL kitchen linens in just one place!
kitchen linens cleaned, purged and organized. A simple, easy and quick task. Instant gratification. and its thrifty. No buying special orgaizing tools. at TheThriftyGroove.com
This tote is filled with everyday use cloth napkins and placemats along with an everyday tablecloth. Since I had no room anywhere for these items. they got shoved in this bag and stored in the laundry room. And guess what? They rarely got used because it was such a pain to pull them out!
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Now another quick purge.
kitchen linens cleaned, purged and organized. A simple, easy and quick task. Instant gratification. and its thrifty. No buying special orgaizing tools. at TheThriftyGroove.com
I selected two sets of placemats, two sets of napkins and the one tablecloth to keep.
kitchen linens cleaned, purged and organized. A simple, easy and quick task. Instant gratification. and its thrifty. No buying special orgaizing tools. at TheThriftyGroove.com
The rest got donated!
kitchen linens cleaned, purged and organized. A simple, easy and quick task. Instant gratification. and its thrifty. No buying special orgaizing tools. at TheThriftyGroove.com
I love it! Everything fits nicely and has stayed this way for a couple of weeks. I always try to “live with” something for awhile before I share it.
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I even had room to include my kitchen aprons.
Now everything kitchen linen related is neatly folded and in this drawer. Nothing is crammed or difficult to pull out. It stays tidy instead of what usually happens which is I clean, organize then pull something out and everything gets jumbled and nothing gets put back the way it was suppose to be. Sound familiar?
This was actually a fun project to do, Why? because it had a start, a middle and a finish. Like I said at the beginning of this post, instant gratification!
How are your kitchen linen drawer(s) working for you? Have you purged and organized them lately?
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Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Have a wonderful day!
Diann

8 comments :

  1. Diann, this looks great! I have a drawer that needs a reorganization. I usually do it seasonally when I bring in the decorative towels. (Fall, Christmas, Spring, etc). I have a bag under the sink for towels to use as rags, but I like the idea of cutting them up into use once and toss size. Good job and I know it feels good to get something organized!!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  2. Oh I just did the same thing, doesn't it feel good. Yours looks amazing. I am announcing tomorrow a No Spend, Clean, Purge, Sell, Donate October linky party. I would love for you to join the fun and to link up your great projects.

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  3. Super neat and very handy as well!!! Don't you just feel so good when you organize and clean out clutter? I do!!!

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  4. Can you come clean out my linen closet, please? You are so organized, Diann!

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  5. Diann, I love how your drawer looks now! I need to do the same thing. I love organizing that doesn't take too long and you have the instant gratification afterwards. Good job!

    Dianne

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  6. I have a basket full of dish towels that looks like your before drawer. Had to chuckle at your comment about cutting those frayed and hole filled towels before changing your mind. That is me all over! Good job Diann!

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  7. This is a great idea! I had an idea pop in my head as I was reading this - I have absolutely ZERO storage in my house (which means there has never been a car in our garage) - and I love my seasonal linens. I may get some smaller totes of appropriate sizes and label them for linens for each holiday - including tablecloths & placemats & all those goodies.
    Thanks for writing this post !!!

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  8. Oh wow, you are way more organized than me. Thanks tons for linking up to the party.

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