If you are ANYTHING like me, your linen closet can be one of the toughest places to organize and KEEP organized. There are just SO MANY items that get stored there: blankets, quilts, comforters, sheets, bath towels of all sizes, beach towels, tablecloths, table runners, place mats… I could go on and on. And then how do you fold those things? Can I say, “Fitted sheets come from hell!”? Don’t get me started. Seriously. DON’T GET ME STARTED. So, today I wanted to share 5 useful tips for organizing the linen closet to help you get it under control and keep it that way.
Tips for Organizing the Linen Closet
- Get rid of what you don’t need. You really only need 2 sets of sheets for each bed in your home. (Don’t forget the sofa bed.) One set that is on the bed, and a fresh set for when you need to do the laundry. That’s it. Get rid of all the others. If they’ve been worn thin, toss them or make them into rags for the garage. Have a set of Elmo sheets, yet your kids are teens? Time to go. Have a set that are just too scratchy? Donate them. 2 sets per bed are all you need. Pair down what you have. That includes towels. Any towels you’ve had more than 2 years, need to go. That funky smell just won’t go away after that amount of time, so it’s time for the rag pile, or use them to wash your car or to dry off the dog when he’s had a bath.
- Learn to fold a fitted sheet. Okay… I’m started. Fitted sheets are the bane of any household. Adults can barely fold these things, yet we expect our kids to help with the laundry. Well, I found this AWESOME video from Bed Bath and Beyond that gives you all the 411 on how to fold a fitted sheet perfectly every time. Check it out!
- Store sheets in pillowcases. Once you’ve mastered folding your fitted sheets, a simple yet effective tip for storing your sheets is to store the entire set, both the flat and fitted sheet and any pillowcases, except for 1, inside the pillowcase you set aside. This keeps the entire set together and enables you to pull everything out at the same time, instead of each item individually, which in turn automatically keeps your linen closet tidier.
- Roll your towels. Sounds simple and it is! By rolling your towels instead of just folding them, it makes it easier to pull a towel from the pile. When towels are folded flat, they tend to cling together and when you pull one, you pull them all, so rolling them like a cinnamon roll removes this hassle and looks kind of cute, as an added bonus.
- Put items where they really go. Most linen closets are near the bedrooms and bathrooms, which makes sense; however, we tend to store linens of all types in them, including our dining linens, which can be on the other side of the house, or even on another floor of our home. Instead, store your dining linens in your dining room in a buffet, a drawer, or an antique pie cabinet, somewhere, where you actually use them. If items are stored where they are used, they are more likely to be put away after they’ve been washed, removing the clutter from the equation.
Here’s to RESETTING your linen closet and your life!
“A place for everything and everything in its place.” – Benjamin Franklin
P.S. If you have a favorite organizational tip for your linen closet, I’d love to know the details and learn from you.
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