Ah, the linen closet. You knew we were headed there next to organize, right? The good news…it’s a small space to organize. The bad news…well, there is no bad news. You organize it quickly, in 30 minutes or less, then you can find your stuff. So let’s get to it.
I’ll tip you off right now that the secret to a pretty linen closet is folding. If you can figure out how to fold, you’ve pretty much nailed organizing the linen closet.
- Empty off the shelves, perhaps to a nearby bed or the floor.
- Sort like items together. Towels with towels, washcloths with washcloths, and bed linens together.
- Now, fold your towels- and here are the two big tips- so that they fit the size of the shelf, and there is only on curved fold facing you, like this. If you have the loose ends facing out, the space will look messy.
- For bed linens, you could just stack them, or you could do better. Locate entire sheet sets, and either fold them all together and tie with a ribbon (as on the right), or place the sheets and extra pillowcases inside one pillowcase (as on the left).
- Are there other things you need to store in the linen closet, like suitcases, gift wrap, TP, or maybe craft supplies, like I have? A few fabric bins in the same or coordinating fabric give you a tidy place to corral those little things all together.
- For extra blankets and quilts, I just don’t have extra room in my closet. I prefer to store them on the guest bed or on a quilt rack.
I’m going to go out on a limb here (just a bit) and say there is probably at least one category that you can pare down. If you haven’t used something in over a year, and your closet is stuffed, you can probably donate or toss it to make more room for things you use all the time. It shouldn’t be a wrestling match every time you need to get into the linen closet.
My reward for keeping my closet organized is seeing all of my towels. I like to take advantage of seasonal white sales and replace all of my hand towels and replace a set of bath towels every year. It’s a little luxury, but it’s only two bath towels, so it’s no big deal.
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