Happy Tuesday, friends 😊 Today we’re talking about how to organize your linens. I don’t know about you, but I live in an apartment and don’t have room for a “Monica” level of linens (11 categories…check out “Friends” Season 4 episode 12. You won’t regret it.). In a linen closet you should really only have two main categories:
Typically, there are bath towels, hand towels, washcloths and rags. I am all about matching sets. Keeping a set together (2 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 2 wash cloths) is going to be key. Ideally you should have 2 sets/bathroom. This allows for one to be out/in the bathroom while the other is being washed. For guests, it’s a little different and you can look that up in a previous blog, Guest Bedroom Organization.
If you have others out of the set think to yourself, do you ever have them out? Are they useful or have they been sitting in this closet for a long time? Would they serve a better purpose as a rag? If the answer is yes, they are utilized, set them aside. If the answer is no, they’d be better utilized as a rag, put them in the rag bin. If they have rips or stains, I’m here to tell you they are now a rag.
Again, the Guest Bedroom Organization Blog has some good tips on this, but for the rest of the rooms, I suggest having two sets of sheets per bed. Same concept as the towels, that when one is being washed the other is on the bed. No more stalling bed time because your sheets are in the dryer! If you live some place with cold winters like me, having a third set of flannel sheets will be nice!!
So now we have all the things we need sorted and have donated the rest, now what?
I got four cloth pouches, normally meant for sweaters, at the Container Store. One of the employees gave me the idea (thanks Janelle!) to put one set of sheets in each pouch. This keeps them clean and smelling fresh. It also makes changing the sheets a lot smoother when you can just pull a pouch from the shelf and not have to think if you have the fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillow cases! I always seem to grab either two fitted sheets or two flat sheets; anyone else?! From there I got four bins. Two were large -- one for the master bed’s sheets and one for the guest bedroom’s. They are different size beds, so no more grabbing the queen sheets when I’m changing the full bed’s sheets and vice versa! The third is a medium size bin and I put the extra duvet cover and shams in there. The last bin, a small size is for extra pillow cases. We have lots of pillows…
For towels, I bought a start-a-stack Elfa drawer unit from the container store. The bottom drawer is for all our rags. Both middle drawers holds one set of towels. The top single drawer holds the extra hand towels that are not part of a set, but we wanted to keep.
Last but not least, labels!!
All the steps alone sound simple, but you can see the difference that sorting and labeling makes. Start today by, 1) evaluating what you have 2) sort into what you need, what you can donate, and what needs to now be considered as a rag 😉. Then get the bins, and tailor them to your style. I was going for a clean sleek look, so I knew I didn’t want the bins to be clear. What is our style? Clear? Plastic? Wicker? Linen finish? Handles/no handles? Make it your own!
Try it out and share your experiences with me! Have any other tips that I didn’t touch on? Comment below! I’d love to hear it! 😊 As always, Happy Organizing!!
Emily has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University. There she learned how valuable organization can be in being productive. She chose to use this knowledge and help others achieve this productivity and optimization in their homes and small businesses. Read & Enjoy and as always, let us know if you have any questions!