Have you ever found yourself tugging at a towel from the linen closet only to have the whole stack fall on your head?
Is it a struggle to find a matching set of sheets because the whole closet is jammed with so many linens you hardly use that you can’t find the ones you need?
Welcome to my world. A world after three children are grown and gone and have left behind an accumulation of stuff.
The universe (and my own well being) is telling me it’s time to get organized!
So, I’ve done my research and found some great tips along the way that I thought I’d share.
This is my dream linen closet…(not to be confused with my existing closet).
Isn’t it beautiful? A free standing glass front cabinet so all your pretties can be easily viewed!
(This of course would almost make you keep organized if everyone that walks by can see your stuff!)
So where do we start?
Make finding your linens an easy task by paring your linens down to the essentials.
Take inventory and toss those mismatched sets, place your worn-out towels in the rag bin, and donate these sets you no longer use.
A good rule of thumb is to have two sets of sheets per bed – one for the bed and one for the laundry.
Unless you change towels daily (which never happens at our house), three sets of bath towels per person and a couple of sets for guests is ideal.
Sort your linens according to what is used by each bath and bedroom. (My sorting stack isn’t near this pretty!)
Set aside extra pillows, out-of-season bedding and such since you won’t need them on a regular basis.
DESIGNATE STORAGE SPACE
Where you store your everyday linens depends on the closet space in your home.
If you don’t have a central linen closet, then you may want to store your linens right where you use them.
For example, in my daughter’s apartment below there is no linen closet so we have her towels stored in baskets on the wall.
Other storage options might be an armoire, a storage bench, an etagere, or even a cute laundry basket.
Store your seasonal and bulky items in storage bags to keep them from getting dusty and place them on the very top shelf or under the bed, so they’re out of the way.
Your everyday items need to be stored front and center in your closet.
Now, how you fold them is up to you.
1) fit a set of bed linens in one of the matching pillowcases
2) tuck and fold the fitted sheet and pillow case inside the fold of the top sheet
3) bundle the sheet set together with a pretty ribbon.
(This looks beautiful, but really???? This bow tying probably won’t be happening at our house!)
Although, I do love the label on the front of the shelf indicating which sheet set is placed where.
If you like you can even fold your towel sets together – if they match of course.
Regardless of how you organize your towels, remember to fold them in thirds lengthwise and place them on the shelves with the folded sides facing out for a neat appearance. If you’re short on space, you can always roll your towels too.
This makes me want all new matching towels, how about you?
Now, you’re almost finished!
All that’s left is to create a system that helps you STAY organized.
Here are some great tips I learned along the way:
1. Use baskets to group like items together.
2. Use labels to make it easy to guests to find a spare towel or to teach the kids where to put something back in the proper spot.
And last but not least…remember to regularly rotate your linens, so they become equally worn.
So, are you ready to tackle this organization project?
What better time than a cold winters’ day? Then you’ll be ready for those beach guests this summer!
Best of luck purging and cleaning!