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This week I passed a huge milestone in my life.  I was able to cross off the last space in my house on my declutter/purge list.  If you have been following my blog, you know this has been an ongoing project… decluttering every room. It started with my attic a few years ago. I have been going slowly from room to room since then so the job would not be too overwhelming.  The basement purge took a few weeks; this linen closet only a few hours.

Opening drawers and doors and seeing fresh, tidy and organized instead of postponed decisions of what to do with all the un-needed items has energized me. It is a great feeling.

I started my total house declutter/purge when I thought we might be moving.  Who knows if we ever will, living with long-term unemployment has become our way of life, but I know now that if we do move, getting the house ready to sell will be easier.

Decluttering a linen closet before and after budget makeover

When we first moved into the house 20+ years ago, I was so happy to have a big closet for linens and bathroom supplies.  Over the years I kept it semi-organized, but since my daughters moved out on their own, the closet became a dumping ground of old towels, sheets, rugs, and bedding.

I started the purge by removing everything. I bagged up what we didn’t need and cleaned each shelf and then only put back what we use. Everything else went to the trash, thrift store, and thanks to Lynn, a blog reader…I have a bag going to our veterinarian’s office. She told me that vets and animal shelters often are in need of towels and blankets when taking care of animals.

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Since this bathroom is used only for guests, I wanted to make it feel hotel-like. I bought fluffy new white towels at HomeGoods and only kept one extra set of sheets for each bed in the house.

It was really hard to get a good photo of the entire closet. I tried many different angles. I took this one standing on a stool.

I didn’t want this to be a major project and opted not to paint the walls and shelves. I only painted the floor.

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