Let’s get organized!
Let’s tackle that linen closet.
Insert groan here.
I’m telling you though, if you do it…and you do it right the first time, you will want to open it every time you walk by and bask in it’s organized beauty.Wanna see my teeeeeny tiny linen closet?
Mind you this is the ONLY closet besides our bedroom closets in this town home we live in. I have to make this space count!
Organized Linen Closet
- Take everything out.
- Throw out all your old, disgusting, torn up towels…because really who are you saving those for? Guests? (I recycled them by giving them to my husband to cut up for rags to use in the garage, he can now just use them as toss-outs when he makes his messes)
- Decide how many sets of sheets you actually need. Once again I am short on space, but really I don’t need more than 2 sets of sheets per bed, technically I only need one. I wash all the bedding in my house every Tuesday morning and then re-make the beds with the freshly laundered sheets that afternoon…that saves me from folding those dreaded fitted sheets. But I do have a back-up for each bed, and for the rooms that have a little extra space in their own closets, I put those sheets in there. I know that some like to change out sheets with different seasons or bedding options, so yes do keep those…but if you haven’t used a set of sheets for over a year…use the fabric to make something else, or donate them.
- Go through what else is lurking in your linen closet…and decide where it should really go. We are blanket collectors, and it is absolutely the one thing that my husband will not let me thin out. You never know when you might need a blanket. I get that, I do, but it doesn’t mean that all of them have to be in my linen closet (ahem…they wouldn’t fit anyway). I put most in a large trunk, a couple in each bedroom closet, one in the back of my car, and the rest have to fit in the linen closet. I also don’t need extra toothbrushes, soaps, toilet paper, wash cloths and first aid kits in my linen closet. They aren’t used there. I have plenty of space in my cabinets in the bathrooms for these items (as long as they don’t get cluttered with junk), and that way they are accessible. I know this isn’t practical for everyone, but for me…I like to keep things in the room they are used. If a guest stops by and uses the restroom, they don’t have to call out for a roll of toilet paper or wonder where a wash cloth is, or look too far for extra soap.
- Put what’s left back in. If you are short on space in your closet like I am, then I find that rolling your towels, and yes even your sheets gives you more room, and you can still see what you are pulling out. On my top shelf I rolled up those blankets as tight as I could and stuffed them up there. Then on the shelf that is on eye level I rolled up the remaining towels…which are really just our extra towels, nicest on top so that our guests can easily pull one out if I don’t have it out for them already. On the bottom shelf I have the remaining sheet sets, in sets, rolled up on top of their pillow cases.
Whoo! And I don’t even have anything on the floor!
When is the last time you went through and organized your linen closet? What is the most random item that you have found in your linen closet? How many sets of sheets do you have that you haven’t touched in over a year?