I’m happy with owning the sheets on my bed and a spare set that sits in the cabinet. I can strip the bed and put on a new set while the others are in the wash.
I don’t have a spare bedroom and so I don’t need sheets for guests. If I did, I’d probably only have the set on the bed that I’d wash and replace. You may enjoy switching from cotton sheets in the summer to flannel sheets in the winter.
If the fitted sheet wears out, do you replace that alone, or do you get a new set of sheets, toss the worn fitted sheet and keep the flat sheet and pillowcases just in case? Have you ever used these just-in-case-sheets?
Sheets are a functional item and so keeping things that you can’t or don’t use can clutter your linen cabinet and make it more difficult to access the items you do use.
Check with local wildlife rehabilitators or animal shelters to see if they can use worn-out sheets.
If this doesn’t apply to you: Give away a knickknack that you’ve been displaying for years even though you no longer like it or find any meaning for keeping it.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.