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Rotating clean house linen

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grandMattie Fri 22-Apr-16 09:56:06

As I was putting the clean linen away this morning, it struck me that I am following my mother's system (and, presumably, my grandmother''s, ad infinitum) of putting the most recent clean bedding at the bottom of the pile, and taking the top one off or vice versa.
I have never understood this - surely if you do that, all your 'stuff' (bedding, table cloths, tea towels, etc.) wears out at the same rate and at the same time. The replacement of the whole lot would then be prohibitive Is it a sort of puritanical thing of keeping your favourite for 'best' or what?

wot Fri 22-Apr-16 21:15:12

I also put things in plastic under bed boxes with lids. I haven't got an airing cupboard unfortunately.

Cherrytree59 Fri 22-Apr-16 21:17:31

yogagran. I use a ottoman as a linen box for extra bedding

grannyactivist Fri 22-Apr-16 21:22:56

I have four double beds, one kingsize bed and three single beds - I have two enormous linen cupboards and several other places I stash towels and linens - so I'm not counting! grin
Actually I just gave away one of the single mattresses and the accompanying bed linen to a gentleman in need so I suppose technically I now have only two single beds until I replace the mattress.

tanith Fri 22-Apr-16 21:24:19

You'll be surprised how much duvets will squash down, I have a feather King size and I fold it so its 3 thickness's then roll very tightly squashing all the air out have an old belt handy to put around it so it doesn't unroll then it goes easily into a bin bag and into the top shelf of my floor to ceiling wardrobe.

Christinefrance Fri 22-Apr-16 21:34:08

Yes I agree vacuum bags not all they are cracked up to be. I'm with Wot bin bags in the loft.
Clean bedding is a pleasure to use, even though retired I seem to have trouble finding enough time to bed change and do laundry.

wot Fri 22-Apr-16 21:41:54

Changing beds is exhausting ?

Newquay Fri 22-Apr-16 22:38:59

I've always found it satisfying folding towels and bedding and stacking it neatly so you can see each edge.
When our DD1 was born at home, when I got up it looked liked there'd been a jumble sale! I recounted this to a friend and she said she always thought of me after that when putting linen away and I always thought of her too.
She died just a year ago after living successfully with kidney cancer for years.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 22-Apr-16 22:46:48

OMG! Has no one got an airing cupboard like my mine? A topsy turvy chuck-it-in-when-it's-dry mess? No chance of rotating anything. I can't get the stuff at the bottom of the pile out!

There is nothing better in the Summertime than being able to put a sheet and duvet cover through the wash and on the washing line, and get them back on the bed the same day. Makes the job seem so much easier. Same with towels.

I remember Maggie Thatcher saying once, how she used to enjoy turning out the airing cupboard at Chequers. Wish I felt the same way about mine. hmm

I am not an ideal housewife.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 22-Apr-16 22:49:52

wot! You label* spare duvets?! You mean you don't necessarily ^have to do the unfolding and checking the tog value every time, thing? [shock} Who'd have thought it.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 22-Apr-16 22:50:52

My posting is leaving much to be desired. I need my bed. moon

wot Fri 22-Apr-16 23:05:58

Jings, I just write on the white (branantia) bin bags with a thick marker pen. I am naturally quite a messy person who is always trying to be more organised. It's an on going thing with me, but I never quite get there???

wot Fri 22-Apr-16 23:08:35

I'm no Anthea Turrner, although I did adopt her towel folding method haha!

harrigran Fri 22-Apr-16 23:37:42

I keep bed linen in a cupboard in each bedroom as beds are all different sizes. I use a 4.5 tog duvet all year round as I keep the house at a constant 22 degrees.
I have a cupboard either side of the shower which take all the towels. I do not have an airing cupboard as I do not have a tank.

Marelli Sat 23-Apr-16 08:37:40

My house is tiny and there's not much storage space. I do rotate towels and bed linen by putting clean stuff at the top of the pile and pulling out stuff to be used from the bottom. I also use a pillowcase from the clean duvet set to store the set in, saves having to look through a toppling pile.
However, I never, iron any of it! blushgrin

Marelli Sat 23-Apr-16 08:38:42

Didn't mean to put that extra comma in there confused

glammanana Sat 23-Apr-16 09:06:55

It has to be white/cream bedding for me no bright colours or patterns as the bedroom is too small even though our bed is kingsized,I have 7/8 valanced sheets I had to buy the deeper mattress size sheets when we bought a new bed as the standard sheets wouldn't stay on the bed,that was an extra expense which I hadn't thought of when changing from a double bed and standard depth mattress.

dizzygran Sat 23-Apr-16 09:21:06

Oh dear... Where do you all find the time to look after all that bedding. I have a lot of white bath sheets and towels - I always buy Egyptian cotton and they last forever. There are other colours in the other bathrooms so no muddling up. I sold a huge pile of duvet covers and sheets (including unopened sets) at a knock down price at a car boot sale (they sold out really quickly) when I realised that I really only used my favourite cream cotton sets of duvet covers and pillowcases. I have spare bedding for the other bedrooms - but find I can manage with two sets for these. It was lovely not to have piles of bedding taking up space.

peaceatlast Sat 23-Apr-16 09:30:08

Goodness knows how many bedding sets I have bought over the years, often very expensive ones too. The two double beds each have four drawers bursting with bedding for that bed and the single is the same, with two drawers full. The airing cupboard is full as are two huge chests of drawers, with more bedding and towels.

I get so bored with what I have and am forever changing the décor anyway so have to have something that goes well with the walls, curtains etc. I am always pleased to pass things on to my grown up son or daughter as that way, should I be fond of the items, I get to see them when I visit.

My friends' sons and daughters also have been known to benefit.

I put it all down to the fact that we didn't have that much when I was young and nothing was ever new or co-ordinated. My excuse and I'm sticking to it.

nosnibor3 Sat 23-Apr-16 09:31:48

I emptied my airing cupboard earlier this week, it was absolutely packed with linen and etc . After going through everything there were 3 black bin bags of towels, sheets, duvet covers etc for Oxfam. When I put back the linen I wanted, the airing cupboard was full again! What is the science behind this? On a slightly different subject; some years back, after many duvet struggles at night I replaced our double duvet with a king-size one. Less fighting, also it looks better on the bed. I have since up-sized with all the beds, including a double on the single.

wot Sat 23-Apr-16 09:40:38

I've got a single duvet on my double bed as I sleep alone. I use a single as its easier to change often. I lay a double bedspread over it though. I've got double duvets but struggle to put them on and I always sleep on one side of the bed (not the middle!)

Gaggi3 Sat 23-Apr-16 10:03:46

I love buying sheets and towels. Just bought an enormous bath sheet in Debenham's sale £12.00 reduced from £30.00. My airing cupboard is a shambles and I tend to just alternate 2 sets of bedding for us, guest beds too.

Theoddbird Sat 23-Apr-16 10:22:06

I don't have a duvet. I made a patchwork quilt many years ago and I use that with sheets and blankets. I have two sets of sheets/pillow cases so one set on one set in the wash. Quilt and blankets...wash, dry back on bed. I am in process of hand piecing another quilt so in a couple of years I will have one to 'rotate' smile

grandMattie Sat 23-Apr-16 10:27:24

Although I'm very disorganised, all my bedding is in sets, put into the right pillowcase, and all i have to do is pull one out - job done.
Bed changing is exhausting, but it's SO nice to get into a freshly made bed! When I'm rich, I shall have someone to change my bed every day grin
I have no airing cupboard, but the previous owners, when they removed the hot water tank, had some shelves pur in - so I've enough space. Also, very fine quality cotton takes up as much space as a largish jumper...

jinglbellsfrocks Sat 23-Apr-16 10:54:43

Having read this, I'm wishing I had king sized duvets on our double bed. But, having spent a fortune at the start of last winter, on Siberian down ones, I can't justify it. Unless I gave these ones away to one of the kids.... shock (very tempting)

sallyswin Sat 23-Apr-16 10:54:49

I changed from cream to white duvet covers but the tops have changed to cream where the light has hit them, ???