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Weekend Assignment: The Linen Closet

Thursday, June 25, 2015

You might want to go ahead and cancel Sunday brunch or Saturday flea-ing right now, cause I’ve got the hottest weekend invite just for you.

Just the motivation needed to finally tackle that linen closet!

Where it is: your linen closet. Linen drawer. Linen cupboard. Wherever you keep whatever you’ve got–no judgment.

Who’ll be there? Well, there’ll be you. And the trash bags you’ll come equipped with! And. Well, this is really more of a solo party, to be honest.

The activities: Hum to yourself while you gather every scrap of linen from around your quarters and collect them in a central sorting spot. 

Play the matching game, in which you put all the beach towels with the beach towels and the duvet covers with the duvet covers and the sheets with the sheets. I can feel that you’re going to be a winner!

Pick your prize(s). Sort through each pile and discard the linens that are haggard, stained, have gaping holes, have pills so large they’d act as exfoliators if ever you rubbed your body against them, no longer reflect your style, make you sweat the bed, remind you of your ex’s snoring problem, AND SO ON. The prize is yours for the picking! Pick the ones you love out of the ones you don’t. 

Warm up those guns cause you’re about to get your fold on. Grab a partner if you need to, but fold those linens so tenderly I’d swoon.

Put them back beautifully and then it’s time to say your goodbyes. The only thank you’s required will be to the departing linens, which you’ll put into a bag and send on their way. Away from you. Most humane societies accept linens and pillows and blankets for donation, FYI.

Did you enjoy your time? Well then, be sure to tell your friends and send ’em on down our way. We throw one hell of a Live Simply part-ay.


Psssst, for more help with how to organize that linen closet, check this out. 

If you’re hung up about potentially disrupting linen sets this guy is for you. 

Don’t forget that towels need love too

Image credit: Country Living



Why Bamboo Sheets Are Better

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Recently we talked about that bamboo drawer organizer, and I alluded to the fact that I had more to say on the matter of bamboo as a material.

If I told you a set of sheets had changed my life, chances are you wouldn’t believe me. And if I followed that up with a “No, really, they have,” you probably still wouldn’t. But lets just, for the sake of things you know, elaborate.

I am a hot sleeper. I always have been. Hot as in extremely sexy, and also as in if anyone actually took the time to wake me up in the middle of the night to shove a thermometer under my tongue, they would find I was sporting an alarmingly high fever.

This has presented a number of dilemmas over the years, the most notable being that individuals who reside under the same roof as you don’t appreciate when you have the windows wide open in the dead of winter on a below freezing night. And even then, you’re still the hottest you’ve ever been (besides the night before).

I’ve tried altering blankets, thinking that opting for a lightweight coverlet over a down quilt would certainly remedy the situation. Fever. I desperately blast the AC in the summer, turn off any and all traces of heat in the winter. Blistering fever. I blast the AC, sleep under a paper thin blanket, and point a fan on its highest power setting pointed directly at my sleeping body and still a fire red hot fever, and a sore throat upon waking (do fans have the same effect on anyone else? Must have something to do with the dryness of the air).

A number of months ago I did a little Google-ing a la the “cures for dangerously hot sleepers” query. Upon doing so, I found the bamboo. Review after review claimed that bamboo sheets were the best thing since self-tanners: touted as being softer than Egyptian cotton, far, far more breathable, with anti-microbial properties, and, most importantly, able to regulate body temperature by way of moisture wicking, which vastly reduces the humidity in between the sheets that causes one to become extremely hot or cold. Sold.

And then on some holiday some lovely kind-hearted person gifted me my very own set of bamboo sheets.

Here is how the past six months have gone:

Bamboo sheets every night.

They get washed, then immediately put back on the bed.

The other linens I own have all but ceased to be utilized. Ever since bamboo acquisition, they’ve been sitting neglected in the closet all forlorn and heat-trapping. Having discovered the glory of bamboo sheets I just can’t go back. These are magical fibers I tell you.

On the few occasions I have had to revert to the cotton sheets (because the bamboo weren’t dry in time for bed) I have had markedly uncomfortable sleep. Each time. In comparison to the bamboo sheets, they seem to literally conduct heat.

For anyone reading who gets overheated at night or excessively chilled, who routinely sweats the bed, who prefers soft fabrics to sucky ones, you must buy yourself a set of set (a few options for solid colors: bamboo sheets by Egyptian Bedding, Bamboo 300 Thread Count Sheet by Kassatex Fine Linens, BambooWeave Sheets by VivaTerra, and for a bit of pattern: Casablanca Bamboo Bedding, and for wee babes: Cloud Bamboo Crib Sheet)

The moral of this story is that 1. I can’t vouch for these zealously enough, and 2. It appears it’s really time to for me to buy another set or two.


Image credits: 1. unknown, La Tavola Linen, 2. Oly Studio via MASHDecorology


Tips for Hosting Houseguests

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tis the season, as they say, when house guests abound. That may not be how they’d finish that sentence, but it is nonetheless true. With that in mind, I thought it only appropriate for us to review some houseguest guidelines.

– Do have a clearly appointed room/ area in which you guest will lodge. That room should be clean, free from clutter, bad smells, the kitty litter box, and whatnot.

– Do make sure you’re well stocked on the essentials your guest might require such as toothbrush, toothpaste, cleansing potions for body and hair. Also: cotton pads, Q-tips, tissue. Might as well throw a loofah in there cause really, who doesn’t enjoy a loofah?

If you’re really hoping to WOW your houseguests (a term I’ve just learned is an official one in the hospitality industry), you’ll be Martha-enough to assemble those essentials into a little houseguest welcome pack. Relish in the presentation. Go nuts.

– Do have the linen and towel situation on lock before guests ever step foot into your humble abode. Guest beds should be made up with clean sheets (with optional turn-down service available, still don’t know what that means), and be sure to provide extra blankets and pillows because beds are like coffee and you never really know how people take them.

– Do deliver additional linens and towels to your guest upon arrival, or brief them on where they might find your supply.

– Do provide your guests with a place to put their dirty laundry. Because laundry.

– Do leave space in a closet for your guests to hang their things.

Houseguest Tips // Live Simply by Annie

– Do attempt to discover foods and drinks your houseguests are partial to, and have these items on hand whilst they are in your stead.

– Do give your guests a tour of the facilities available to them at casa de you, “Here is the pantry, we encourage late night snacking,” “Here is the laundry room in case you pee the bed and need to wash the sheets, which some guests prior to you have been known to do,” “Here is our bedroom should you have bad dreams in the middle of the night and need someone to cuddle you,” and such.

– Do alert your guests as to any trends which are prevalent at your residence, and which they are likely to encounter upon staying with you (i.e. the dog always barks when the mailman comes, little jamie is going through a major tantrum phase, everyone in the family walks around the house in their underwear).

– Do impress upon your houseguests that they should feel comfortable in your dwelling, that your food is their food (except for the Luna Bars which are strictly off limits. Oh, and those Honeycrisp apples… you should ask about those before you go diving right in), your books are their books, your seltzer is their seltzer.

Do add in any of your own tried and true houseguest tips, it behoves you.

Image credits: Sunset, Real Simple, Martha Stewart, Martha Stewart, One Kings LaneHouse and Home, House and Home, A Country Farmhouse, unknown