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Spring cleaning – linen closet organization

Busted! by Andrew d'Entremont via Flirck Busted! by Andrew d’Entremont via Flickr

It’s time for spring cleaning again! If cleaning your entire house seems like a daunting task, reduce stress by breaking it up and focusing on one area at a time. We’ll help you get started with some quick tips to organize an important part of your home – your linen closet. An organized linen closet will make finding the right sheets and towels a breeze, saving time and effort throughout the year.

1. Start by going through your closet and determine what you should keep, donate, re-purpose or toss. If you’ve been keeping random, mismatched pieces that you “might use” one day and haven’t touched in years, it’s time to part ways. After sorting through your stockpile, wipe down your shelves and let them dry before putting things back.

2. Label your shelves or storage bins by either the size or room that each towel or sheet set belongs to. By having designated sections within your closet, finding exactly what you’re looking for will be a snap.

3. Keep your sheet sets even more organized and easily accessible by folding the sheets, shams, pillowcases and duvet cover into one of the coordinating pillowcases. That way, you won’t have to rummage through everything, causing a mess in the process. Keeping your most-used items at eye level or below will also help prevent neatly folded stacks from toppling over as you take out specific items. Seasonal linens should be stored on the top shelves in dust bags.

Sleeping during allergy season

Sneeze by mcfarlandmo via Flickr
Sneeze by mcfarlandmo via Flickr

If you’ve got seasonal allergies, then you know that in addition to more sun and warmer weather, springtime is also the season of runny noses, sneezing and itchy/watery eyes. Allergy season can also lead to restless nights since symptoms don’t stop at bedtime, but with a few changes and some planning, that doesn’t have to be the case!

1. Use a HEPA filter in your bedroom to reduce the amount of pollen, dust and pet dander in the air. HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters work by trapping debris in a fine mesh filter as air passes through. And speaking of pet dander, it’s best to keep your furry friends out of the bedroom, especially during allergy season. That’s because their fur is a magnet for dirt and pollen.

2. Washing your sheets more often can also help reduce nighttime allergy suffering. If doing laundry at least once a week doesn’t work into your schedule, keep an extra set of sheets on hand. Showering before bed, instead of in the morning, will also help keep symptoms at bay and prevent the pollen collected on your skin and hair from transferring onto your sheets. For even more protection, use anti-allergy bedding.

3. Know when you need a new mattress or pillow. Unlike sheets and bedding, pillows and mattresses are much more cumbersome to clean, but still collect dust, pollen and even mold! Mattresses should be replaced every 7-10 years while pillows should be replaced more frequently.

March goes out like a lamb!

After a very long and snowy winter, we’re excited for milder spring weather! Maine is also a great place to visit in the spring because of its many annual events, ranging from outdoor activities like canoe races to fancy dinners with professional chefs and sommeliers. Check out a few of our favorites below.

April 4 Portland Pillow Fight Day

Join others from 3-4:30pm in Monument Square, Portland for a giant pillow fight!

Pillow Fight!!! by Jessica Lehrman via Flickr Pillow Fight!!! by Jessica Lehrman via Flickr

April 18-19 Acadia National Park is Free

During the first weekend of National Park Week, admission to Acadia is free for all visitors.

Golden Sunrise, Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park by Dave Wilson via Flickr Golden Sunrise, Thunder Hole, Acadia National Park by Dave Wilson via Flickr

April 29 Gulf of Maine Seafood Celebration

Enjoy a variety of Maine seafood while learning about marine life!

Shellharbour Food Photography by Vanessa Pike-Russell via Flickr Shellharbour Food Photography by Vanessa Pike-Russell via Flickr

For more reasons to enjoy spring in Maine, check out this list of 25 spring events at Maine Today. You can also get the inside scoop on the best places in Maine by visiting our Employee Favorites page!

How to choose wall art

coco+kelley by James Stephoto via Flickr

Immediately pull a room together or bring interest to barren walls by adding the right piece of wall art. If you’re not sure where to start, follow our three simple steps below!

1. Size- Use the size of the wall as a guide. A single small piece will look out of place on a large wall and a large piece may overwhelm a small space. You can also use several small pieces to create a collection that carries the impact of a larger piece.

2. Color- When choosing colors, think about the mood of the room. Cool tones, such as blues and greens, evoke calmness and relaxation while warmer tones are usually energizing and inviting.

3. Style- Ultimately, you want to choose pieces that you like and will want to look at. Therefore, whether it’s a modern or traditional piece, make sure it matches your own taste and preferences. Wall art also doesn’t strictly mean paintings and posters; try decorating with mirrors, framed fabric, clocks or anything else that can hang on a wall and interests you. A great resource for unique wall art is Cuddledown.com- we have lots of new wall decor and mirror options!

P.S. When hanging the art, it’s best to keep the center of the image at eye level. And if you’re hanging the artwork above your bed, sofa or table, keep the bottom edge of it 6 to 12 inches above the furniture.

March Sale Event at our Freeport store!

Save 20% off storewide, including clearance items, during our March Clearance Sale Event at our Freeport Outlet Store! Stock up on some fantastic deals and great outlet savings on bedding, sleepwear, slippers, towels and more! Plus, we offer unique gifts and other items not found in our catalog or online. All with the same fabulous Cuddledown quality you’ve come to love! The sale ends Monday- don’t miss it!

Cuddledown March Store Clearance Event

How to keep Bamboo Towels soft and fluffy

If you’re a fan of our Bamboo Towels, then you know how luxuriously soft and absorbent they are. Like any quality linen, you’ll want to keep your towels at their best. To protect your lovely towels from detergent buildup, hard water and roughness, here are some simple tips to try.

1. Do not use fabric softeners- Ironically, fabric softener creates a waxy residue on towel fibers, causing them to become stiff and less absorbent. To get your towels nice and fluffy, try using dryer balls, clean tennis balls or our down fluffer rings.

2. Use the extra rinse cycle- Over time, detergent residue can also build up on towel fibers, especially if too much detergent is used. To prevent this from happening, use the extra rinse cycle and make sure your washer isn’t overloaded so that the towels have room to move freely. To remove detergent build-up, add a cup of white vinegar when washing and don’t forget the extra rinse cycle to keep the towels from smelling like vinegar!

3. Lastly, our Bamboo Towels should be washed and dried on lower settings, as hot temperatures can break down the fibers. We recommend washing with warm water and drying with low heat. Also, take care when using cleansers containing benzoyl peroxide, as it can cause discoloration in fabrics.

We hope these tips help and if you ever have any questions or comments about caring for your Cuddledown products, please let us know!

How much sleep do you really need?

Infographic via the National Sleep Foundation

Since everyone has differences in lifestyles and genes, the exact number of hours needed for sleep varies from person to person, but sleep experts have been able to produce a general guideline to use as a rule-of-thumb. Recently, the National Sleep Foundation updated its recommendations after two years of extensive research and examining more than 300 studies. The Sleep Foundation warns that getting too much or too little sleep on a regular basis is linked to, among other consequences, diabetes, obesity and poor judgment. In other words, make sure you get enough rest! Visit www.sleepfoundation.org to learn more.

Snowed in

Monroe Street After Blizzard by Mr.TinDC via Flickr

If you live in the Northeast, then you probably know that even more snow is expected to come following Storm Juno. After your driveways are cleared, we hope you get the chance to relax and enjoy the cozy, homey feeling that comes with a snow day. Here are some fun, low key activities for your next unexpected day off.

1. Bake or cook- If you’re going to be stuck inside all day, might as well fill your home with the scent of something freshly baked! We love searching Pinterest for baking ideas. Stews are also great to make on snow days since you can throw just about anything into it. That way, there’s no need to go to the grocery store. Click here to learn how to stew anything.

2. Binge watch movies- Since going for your daily run or walk won’t be the safest thing to do (watch out for slipping and impending snow plows!), you won’t have to feel guilty about vegging out in front of the T.V. If you need movie suggestions, here’s a list of Oscar nominated films available for streaming.

3. Read- You can finally dust off that book you’ve been meaning to read but haven’t gotten the chance to. Make it even better by curling up in your favorite blanket with a warm drink and sitting next to the window so you can view the winter wonderland from the warmth of your home.

What are your favorite snow day activities? We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!

DIY- Upcycling Bed Sheets

Love the color or print of your sheets, but no longer have a need for them on your bed (maybe you got a different size mattress or simply found a new set you like even better)? Instead of shoving them into the back of the linen closet, put them to better use with one of these fun upcycling ideas!

Wall Art- You don’t need to be a master painter to create your own beautiful wall art! All you need is a canvas, some staples and any fabric of your choice to create some lovely pieces- you can follow an easy tutorial here. Our customer Jodi did this using our Monet fabric, and they make great accents on her beige walls.

Monet Canvas From Sheets DIY

Monet Canvas Wall Art by Jodi

 

Reusable shopping bags- Another idea for upcycling your sheeting is to turn it into reusable shopping bags. Not only are you saving landfills from plastic bags, but you won’t have to buy the branded ones that everyone else at the grocery store has.

Cloth Grocery Bag by katbaro

Cloth Grocery Bag by katbaro via Flickr

Gifts- By gifts, we don’t mean presenting someone with your old sheet set, but turning it into something one of a kind! Mary, of Mary’s Custom Sewing and Design, turned our Antique Map quilted sham into a beautiful stocking for the holidays.

Antique Map Percale Stocking

Stocking by Mary of Mary's Custom Design and Sewing

Curtains- Fashioning your sheets into curtains is one of the easiest upcycles to do! It’ll also allow you to perfectly match your window dressings to your bedding. Click here for a tutorial on how to turn a duvet cover into lovely curtains.

curtain by Thomas Weidenhaupt

curtain by Thomas Weidenhaupt via Flickr

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