May 19, 2014
4 Quick Tricks to Organize Your Linens
This week’s organizing focus is your LINENS or LINEN CLOSET. If you haven’t grabbed May’s FREE cleaning and organizing calendar yet, you can go here to grab it.
Your challenge this week is to take a little time to sort and organize your linens or linen closet. Regardless of your linen closet’s state of organization or lack there of, take a couple minutes this week to organize the space. Here are 3 things you can do easily to make organize your linen closet or linens.
- Repurpose or donate any linens that haven’t been used in the last year. Do you really need 6 sets of sheets? I keep one extra set for each bed and I find that this not only keeps the laundry down it also makes it easier for storage.
- Use a pillowcase to store your folded set of sheets. Fold your fitted sheet into a small square, wrap your flat sheet around the fitted sheet, tuck one of your pillowcases in between the flat and fitted sheet, and then put that “package” into one of the pillowcases from the set. This keeps the set together and looks much neater on the shelf.
- Use a basket or bin for overflow storage. Contain your linens and linen closet items with a basket or two is a great way to keep the closet organized. If your folding is a little haphazard (see above) or if you have too much stuff on your shelves, baskets are a great alternative.
- Group towels by type and fold them in the same direction to keep them looking neat and tidy on your closet shelf. This really doesn’t take any more time once you concentrate on doing your towels this way. You’ll love the neat look and it’ll be easier to locate your towels as well.
Looking for more? Here’s my towel tutorial (how to purge, store, organize, and launder your towels) and how I spring cleaned my linen closet this year.
Have a great idea for organizing your linens or linen closet? Leave it in the comments!
Amber Courreges Says
In our house each bed has two sheet sets so while I wash there is a clean on on it. But our linen closet does not house those. I keep them on a shelf in each rooms closet so they are easy access. Our linen closet consists of way to many blankets. This is a great posts.
I know, this is probably not worth mentioning for org-savvy folks, but I got myself fitted sheets that match all of my linen sets. (Let’s just say it – they’re black: Match-all, stain-forgiving, easy to freshen up with a dye).
So if I need to change the sheets in the middle of the night – as it goes when you have kids – I can just grab one and it will match. (Miraculously, I often get to change only the fitted sheets and the rest stays blissfully untainted.)
Goes without saying that I store my fitted sheets separate from the rest of the linen sets for that reason.
Oh, I forgot (ad black): perpetually elegant.
I used to have floral sheets. When the bottom sheets wore out before the top sheets or pillow cases, I bought solid color bottom sheets to mix and match. Now I just buy solid color sheet sets, but I still like to mix and match, so it works better for me to store all the bottoms together, all the top sheets together, and all the pillowcases together. My kids are grown and out of the house, so all I have to worry about are queen size sheets. To each her own
Rachel Seavey Says
I especially like the tip about putting the set in the pillowcase, I’ll have to try that!
I’ve done that forever. Works in my household.
We have extra pillows on the beds. I use 3 to sleep( a poly filled, a down and a pillow to lay under my hips), my husband uses 2 as does our daughter. King sheet sets only come with 2 pillowcases so I buy extras in various colors to go with any sheet set in the house.
I do keep 2 extra sets of sheets new in the packaging for each bed in the closet. I picked them up at clearance sales and off ebay. I’d hate to need a new set only to find good quality sheets are priced out of our budget.
I do need to warn that white and ivory sheets are not a smart choice for people that have outdoor jobs. My husband has permanently stained the ivory sheets we own even though he showers before bed!
Do you have any tips for linen storage NOT in a closet? Our house was built in the 30s, and we have very limited closet space, so sheets and towels don’t really have a good home…
I like to store sheets in an under the bed container in each room. Sheets are handy and the correct size. Makes for extra available space in linen closet!
b r SaysPost author
I saw where you can put a shelf over the door for each bedroom to store extra blanket and sheets for that room.