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how to organizing bed linens? Answered



Is that a statement or question?

You have that much you need to organise.

FILO stack in the airing cupbord.

what the devil is an "airing cupboard?" It literally has ventilation?

Most British houses have a low pressure water system, (although this is changing over to tankless high pressure systems in newer houses,) as a result they have a hot water tank in a cupboard - often down stairs. It usually has shelves in it for storing linen and clothes to finally dry & warm before putting away (vernacular = "airing").

Oh...Cool. erm...warm. That must be especially nice during the winter, to have warm towels at your disposal. Thanks for the lesson.

Oh YES!!! When I was but a youngster my parents had a Victorian house with an old kitchen range, the oven was perfect for warming nappies (pre disposable diapers)

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Whoa... beautiful piece of iron work, but from watching the PBS "this old Victorian house" episodes, it must have been a pain to fire up.

lol, I'm not that old. My younger brothers (and myself and my older siblings presumably) used 'nappies', back in the day when diaper services were as common as the milk truck

Before electricity & gas, a very large number of people burned coal. If you could afford servants they'd light fires, otherwise it'd be mother. And mother would "black" the the range you see there.


Even after. In the US, a whole lot of the country was still heated by coal well into the 1950s. As the first-born, my dad was the "coal tender" for his immediate family when he was growing up. It was his job to ensure the furnace was clean and stoked, and keeping the house warm and cozy, back in the late 1930s and through the 1940s, as I recall from his telling, from about the time he was ten until he left for college in 1948.

I still have about 100 lbs of coal in a bin, left over from the early mid 1950s when this home was switched over the natural gas. I guess the guy who lived here just couldn't bring himself to discard it...Make me wonder what people did do with the leftovers when they switched.

(kids these days have no clue how things were until very very recently re: a green world, although I suppose a trip to the heartland of China might give them a glimpse of the world before natural gas...seeing that they're currently burning more coal than the USA ever did)

If you're looking to get rid of the coal, you might look for a local knife maker or blacksmith. There are a lot of guys that are making knives and other metalwork using coal fired forges. Good anthracite isn't easy to find these days.

A good idea if I ever sell the place, but I'll hold onto it for now...who knows, maybe I'll get into smelting at some point, or the world will come crashing down and I'll need to huddle next to a tiny chunk burning in the fireplace on a cold winter 's night. (ok, the second one's pretty unlikely, but since I spent the winter three years ago living in a 50 degree home due to lack of work and being bedridden, maybe not so unrealistic...And fortunately the fireplace was originally built to burn coal, so...) - yes, it has been cleaned since

I actually bring home pieces when I find them. I dug a couple of nice pieces, albeit small, out of my dad's yard this June when I dug a new vegetable garden. Apparently, back at the turn of the century, someone used to dump tailings from the furnace out there, and they apparently weren't very frugal about their coal usage. If nothing else, they're pretty rocks.

Have you thought about pyrolysing some coal?


To make my own coke? Naw. Too much work, (and due to where I live, I'd probably get into trouble for doing so) although it does sound like an interesting and potentially useful skill to have. Maybe some day, if I ever move to a farm like I planned inn my youth...

I do have a nice sized chunk (~1-1/2 lbs) that I found while walking the train tracks a few years ago near the local steel mill and probably could have picked up quite a bit if I'd thought about it. I still do sometimes, but I never seem to get going in the wee hours to avoid the hoods that often hang out there. Things have been getting violent with the economy in the dumps and I'd prefer to avoid another 6 months of bedrest if possible ;-)

A bit dirty but otherwise a once a day job. My Father worked on the railways and so coal was more or less free. The oven made excellent bread as well.

FWIW I worked on the original project to make a machine to manufacture Pampers Diapers in the 80's My how they have come on since then!

Erm...I meant "I'm not that YOUNG"....I'm plenty old enough to know what nappies are.

In our house, we place the fitted sheet, the top sheet, and one of the pillow cases inside the other pillow case. That way a complete set of linen is packaged together. The linen sets are then placed in our linen closet by matress size (King, Queen, Full, Twin, etc).

That's clever and I think I'll take it to heart. My method has pretty much been "wad 'em up and stuff in drawer." Effective, but not so nice when a valued member of the female persuasion takes a look in the linens drawer (which they always seem to inevitably do).

You are certainly welcome. I found very early in my dating career that a clean house and a well cooked meal did more for my social life than anything else.

heh...I'm ok at the good cooking part, and I try to take a shower every day, but I just stink when it comes to providing a "White Glove" house.

Thanks again.

Shout at them like a Sergent-major!



Monica Geller (Friends) is an 'ible member!

1) By quality/thread count - give the scruffbags the old stuff while keeping the good stuff for visiting Royalty!

2) By room - (my way) - a lot less work and all bedding is to hand for the bed it is meant for.

3) By size - then you know straight away which bedding fits what bed.

4) By colour

5) By age of linen

6) By theme (yes, theme, I have Disney Princess bedding, you know - it just won't do for my 4yo g/daughter that this isn't looked after properly!)

7) By any criteria that satisfies any peculiarity that pleases you or significant other (see note 6 above).

8) By any combination/permutation of any criteria - examples listed above.

9) Have a cup of tea and decide if life is really so boring that organising bedding is an issue ;-) Go and make something instead or get a maid...