Organize Your Linen Closet In 4 Steps
The secret is out: Shabby bedding and frayed towels are spilling from your linen closet, and you can’t ignore them any longer. It’s time to confront this chaos with an easy, foolproof plan you can put in place today. You’re only four steps away from loving your linen closet.
1. Pare down
Start by removing everything—yes, everything—from the closet. Create a pile on a nearby surface, and let the trimming begin. Toss the ragged, bleached-stained sheets and towels, and don’t be afraid to let go of pieces that no longer suit your style. “Most people have too many linens,” says organizing guru, Donna Smallin Kuper, author of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness. For those who really want to go minimal, she suggests two sets of bedding and towels for each family member. But you don’t have to go that lean. Keep only what you truly love, and donate the items that you don’t.
2. Build the bones
A few tools will set you up for tidy success. Use shelf dividers to separate stacks of linens and keep them neat and straight. Install a towel rack inside the door to hang blankets and tablecloths. Have unused real estate near the ceiling? Place a row of tension rods between the walls to store extra quilts. If you store toiletries, like bathroom tissue and paper towels in this area, figure out if you can place them in baskets on the floor or somewhere more creative. “An over-the door organizer is the perfect storage solution for smaller items,” says Smallin Kuper. “If you have deep shelves, a large turntable works well for holding extra toiletries.”
3. Map what goes where
Designate some shelves for towels and others for bed linens. “Keep every day, in-season linens between waist and shoulder height for ease of access,” says Smallin Kuper. “Stash out-of-season or less frequently used items on higher shelves.” Also, keep towels and sheets in sets to help prevent mismatching and lost items.
4. Label shelves
Can’t tell if sheets are queen or twin size at a glance? Place dry erase or chalkboard labels with a description of the item on the shelf. It may feel a little superfluous at first, but you’ll be happy you did it when you’re in a hurry. You’ll also know exactly where to put things back. That’s one surefire way to stay organized for good.
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