Linen Closets: An Endangered Species

2014-11-07 15.39.42One of the strangest things about retirement residences is that they don’t all have linen closets in their suites. At first glance it makes sense that they are left out, after all, a person living in a place with weekly linen service would only need two, maybe three sets of sheets and a few towels, so why would you need a linen closet right? Think again!

Not only are linen closets a classic hiding place for extra toilet paper, household supplies and knick-nacks, they are also a tradition. A household fixture. Although linen closets are typically cluttered and disorganized, most of the elderly clients we move expect they will have one in their new place. Sadly, at least 75% of the suites we move clients into do not.

With that in mind, we have developed 5 tips to keep linens in their proper place.

  1. It’s time to pare down: Choose two or three sets of your most comfortable, nicest sheets and towels, and donate or dispose of the rest. If sheets are not torn or stained, most charity shops will be glad to receive them. In Victoria, Anney’s Closet is always in need of twin, double or queen sized sets in good shape.
  2. Evaluate your table cloths: Will you still use them? Do you find it difficult to wash, fold and iron them? Now might be the time to gift them, sell them or donate them.
  3. Pillow talk: extra pillows take up valuable space in small spaces. Perhaps you can pick out two of the very nicest, most comfortable pillows you have and re-purpose the rest. Good Housekeeping Magazine says if you can fold your pillow in half, it’s time for a new pillow! Read more about how to know when it’s time for a new pillow here.
  4. Knick-nacks need a home: You’ll need a place for all those loose odds and ends, such as light bulbs (keep one or two for emergencies), air fresheners, dust cloths, spare picture hooks, tape, etc. A few small but sturdy baskets from the Dollar Store will keep those small items tidy on a shelf in your clothes closet or under the sink.
  5. Don’t keep it together: It might be time for a new approach to storing linens. Consider keeping your towels in the bathroom cupboard or shelf and your linens in your bedroom closet. You might find it strange to split everything up at first, but having a fresh towel at your fingertips in the bathroom can really come in handy. This way you can utilize your storage spaces more efficiently and streamline your life at the same time.

Anney’s Closet on CBC

Anney’s Closet is a project that improves the lives of girls and women in Victoria by connecting people who have too much with people who have too little.beth n patty

Using household items donated by downsizing seniors, friends of Soroptimists, and other donors, we’ve created a “free store” in a storage locker kindly donated by West Shore U-Lock.

Girls and women who are referred to us from  advocates at our partner social service agencies have the opportunity to select items from Anney’s Closet that will transform their new apartments into functional and comfortable homes.

Volunteers work to sort and arrange donated items in the Closet, build relationships with social agencies and the community,  and help the visitors pick out items for their new home.

I was interviewed this week by Jo-Ann Roberts on her show All Points West on CBC. It was a great chance to spread the word about this amazing project. Click here to listen to the interview.

Moving Mom and Dad Workshop

We’re giving a workshop on Saturday, February 15 at The Wellesley in Victoria. It’s purpose: to help people with elderly parents to prepare for their future move. Patrick and I are looking forward to delivering a fun and helpful workshop, class size will be kept quite small so we can be hands-on with individual situations going on with people in the workshop.bld4

Recycling the Hazards in Your Home

pat-smallBy Patrick Fagan

Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services 

One of the least-loved part of a move is saying goodbye to expired paint, tomato fertilizer and various cleaning sprays that will need safe disposal before moving day. Products like these that collect over the years are likely categorized as hazardous household waste (HHW) and will require some special attention when it comes time for disposal. Continue reading

Donate Things That Take up Space

pat-smallBy Patrick Fagan

Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services 

Here’s a challenge for you: Fill 5 bags of clothing from the closets and drawers in your home and donate them to charity. This 5 bag challenge may not sound fun but I promise, if you take it on, you will reap the rewards of downsizing your wardrobe and you’ll feel great about doing it.  Continue reading

Great Places to Donate in Victoria

Anney-smallBy Anney Ardiel
Move Manager, Act Together Moving Services

If you need to get rid of something that you really love (or spent lots of money on), why not feel good about helping someone less fortunate?

Here are my  top ten places to donate in Victoria, in no particular order:
St Vincent de Paul: They can send a truck to pick up clothes: shoes, pants, shirts, coats, blouses, belts, jeans, hats, dresses, socks, etc. in good condition, household items like dishes, pans, pots, cutlery, small appliances in working condition, furniture that is not broken and needing repairs and has no tears, stains, or wear marks. Whew!  Continue reading