After making quite an effort to clean up the house and organize all of my belongings according to the precepts expounded by Marie Kondo in her popular book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" I hit a wall. When I got to paperwork and money, I just couldn't get it done. I'm still waiting for the courage (or the impending disaster) that will move me toward paper control, but in the meanwhile I found another category that needed my attention. My linen closets were a mess, especially the one that I keep my tablecloths in. After scrabbling about in search of something that would work on my latest table I realized that it was time for a purge. I took everything out of every cupboard in the laundry room and dumped them in the hall ...tablecloths, napkins, sheets, blankets...everything... and subjected them to the joy test under Wiki's supervision. Lots of bedding didn't survive, but most of my tablecloths and all of my napkins did. It became a matter of better storage for those items, remembering that Marie advises never stacking anything on top of something else. Unfortunately, I didn't want to fold my cloths into packets because that is too much folding for them, so I did end up stacking them up. Sorting them by type and size and laying them so that each one can be seen will keep them neat, I hope.
I had been keeping some of the napkins in plastic boxes, but I didn't have enough and the overflow was as jumbled as the rest of the closet. The boxes work well to keep ironed napkins tidy enough to use without touch-ups which is really valuable when I am in a hurry. I went out to shop for more boxes, but of course, couldn't find any to match which mattered because I wanted to stack them up. I ended up buying something similar on-line and now the closet looks much better.
I'm hoping the changes will last as well as the clean-ups I have done in other areas. My closet, dresser drawers, bookcase and dish cupboards are still tidy after months of use. The ribbon drawer has devolved back into a mess, so I guess I didn't solve that riddle, but overall I think Marie's ideas have made a real difference.