I've had more than a few questions about where I store all these beautiful secondhand finds. It's true! I can't keep pulling them out like handkerchiefs from a magician's hat!
One of my tricks is using self-limiting containers, like the linen baskets in my armoire.
When the basket is full, I can't buy any more. And when the basket is teeteringly high and in danger of falling over with stuff, I give myself 3 choices:
- Give away (a kindred spirit, Freecycle, or Goodwill)
- Sell (Craig's List for most things, Ebay if it has name value)
- Repurpose (lining a gift basket with an odd napkin, for instance)
I no longer had room (or use) for only two placemats, no matter how sweet the ribbon embroidery. Honestly, the flowers were a little too dear for my guys...
Other things to do with worn or odd linens: delegate them as kitchen cloths, line gift baskets, edge a shelf with a lacy border, use as handkerchiefs, fill with herbs for drawer sachets.
Tomorrow I'll show you where we store our toys and how we figure out what stays and what goes.