Sunday, January 13, 2019

31 Days To Organization - Day 13: Your Linen Closet, Revived

Happy New Year! January is a time to start begin again with a fresh, clean it is only appropriate that January is National Organization Month! And since many people make a New Year's resolution to become more organized, I'll be posting organization tips every day for the month of January.

Day 13 - Your Linen Closet, Revived

When a linen closet is organized and items are in their proper place, you won't be ashamed to open the door wide when retrieving some bed linens for an unexpected overnight guest. The kids will be able to tell which are the "good" towels and which are the ones used for drying off the dog.

A little planning and a few ideas are all you need to make the organized linen closet a reality.

Labeling "zones" will help everyone young and old to quickly find (and replace) items in a linen closet. Label areas for sheets by size. 

Linen closets can be used to free up so much space by storing bulky items that would normally fill bedroom and bathrooms. However, they are notorious for becoming the "junk drawer" of closets. They quickly resemble a a jumbled mess of towels, bed sheets, overstock of shampoos and conditioners, as well as all sorts of things that cannot possibly be categorized as "linens".
  • Pull everything out and start over.
  • Dispose of the things you don't need or don't want.
  • Put odd items aside to be relocated elsewhere (tools, light bulbs, batteries, etc). This is a linen closet so if it's not made of cloth (clothing not included) or is not being used to store items, set it aside. If you have tablecloths or cloth napkins, relocate them to a side table, buffet or kitchen drawer closet to the dining area.
  • Label "zones" such as "sheets", "towels", "guest linens", etc. 
  • A shelf basket can neatly house excess shampoos and conditioners.
  • Wire shelves can be used to separate stacks of sheets. Place a label on the shelf for each stack. You can label by size or by family member (this works well if you have a lot of printed gender-specific sheets for children).
  • Fold sheets as a set - you can keep the flat and fitted sheets inside the pillowcase or just tuck the flat sheet and pillowcase within the fitted sheet
  • Keep stacks of towels from becoming one big messy heap with shelf dividers. You may want to consider rolling your towels instead of folding.
  • Use large storage baskets or bins on the floor of the closet to store extra toilet paper, blankets, or other bulky items.
  • If you frequently have guests over, designate a shelf for guests sheets, blankets and towels. This would also be a good place to keep a basket of all those miniature hotel-sized bottles of shampoo.
  • If space limitations require you to store items other than linens in your linen closet, try to keep only those items relating to the bedroom and bathroom stored here. An over the door basket unit can store overstock of items such as extra tissues, baby wipes and diapers, cotton balls, cotton swabs, etc.

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