If your linen closet is like ours, it becomes the catch all for anything bed and bath. And, opening the doors leaves you wondering what is inside. If so, it is time to reorganize! According to professional organizers, we use 20% of the items in our linen closets 80% of the time. The rest is just stored.
Linen Closet Organization
First, remove everything, wipe down the shelves with a damp cloth, and allow them to dry completely. Then, line the shelves for added protection. We suggest unbuffered, acid-free tissue paper that won’t discolor fabrics over time. Organize and purge as you replace items. If you haven’t used something in a year or more, consider donating it.
- Put the items you use most – towels and sheets – in the front of the closet.
- For small closets, roll the towels to take up less space.
- Keep sheet sets together by using one of the pillowcases as a bag.
- Purchase sheets of different colors for beds in different rooms so they are easily found.
- Hang tablecloths and antique linens on non-wire hangers. Or, fold them flat and stack them on the shelf.
- Group dinner napkins and table runners together. Keep those you use infrequently on the sides or at the top of the closet. Or, store them in the dining room.
- Store bulky items like comforters, quilts, and pillows that are rotated seasonally in vacuum-sealed bags. These keep out moisture and bugs and can be stored in a bedroom closet.
Extend The Life Or Your Linens
Linens and towels, like all clothing, can become stale and musty with underuse and storage. Follow these tips to prevent this from happening.
- Rotate your linens. Put clean towels and sheets at the back of the closet shelves. Bring less recently used ones forward.
- Dry clean and store wool blankets in vacuum-sealed bags.
- Place lavender sachets on the shelves.
- Dry clean or launder all linens at least every six months, even if they have not been used.
From bedding to table linens, at DELIA’S Cleaners, we will keep your home fresh and inviting.