The Holidays are almost over, and everywhere there are ads for products to organize with. I am always looking for ways to organize my stuff.
Sometimes to organize you must purge…that is to get rid of those items that don’t match or just don’t work anymore.
The easiest place to see that is in the Linen closet. Sometimes this becomes a dumping ground for many things besides the Bed and Bath Linens it was intended for.
Did you have family or friends stay with you over the holidays? Did you find that you could not find matching sheets or towels for the guest…or worse everything you pulled out, such as sheets were the wrong size or badly worn?
Now would be the time to go through and purge those items that don’t work…like sheets that are for a bed you no longer have, or items that are well worn. Also if it is something you have not used is a year, why hold on to it?
Now you have decided what to keep…how to organize.
- Bed Linens – try to organize by size (if you have different size beds)
- Sheets – use 1 pillowcase to put all matching sheets and other pillowcase inside (that way you have everything in one place, plus makes it easier to stack different sets on top of each other, and allows for easy rotation)
- Towels – if you have several colors…stack towels by color, that way it makes it easier for laundry rotation. If you have only one color, such as White, then stack by size ie Bath towels, Hand Towels, etc.
- Other products such as Blankets or Bed Pillows…put on top or bottom shelves, as those are items you don’t change out as often as the Sheets and Towels
My linen closet has a door, so no need to use organizing tubs or baskets for this organization. But it may be a good idea if it is an exposed spaced and you want to give it a more decorative look.
Now what to do with the items that you purged from your linen closet.
- Towels – make good cleaning rags for the house or for your car. Can also be good bedding materials for your pet (if you have one).
- Sheets – most likely the fitted sheets have worn out and you are left with a bunch of flat sheets. These make good drop cloths for painting/cleaning or furniture covers if you are leaving for an extended time. If you are handy with a sewing machine…you can turn 2 flat sheets into a duvet cover for your comforter.
- Pillowcases – can be used to separate laundry, such as whites, delicates etc. Can also be turned into pillowcovers if you are handy with a sewing machine.
And if nothing else, please donate any good/decent items to your local charities. They can always use these items.
After this organization of your Linen closet, it will make it easier to take stock of what you have and what you need before the next Holiday Season.
Good Luck with the rest of your organization.