If you’re lucky enough to have a linen closet, make the most of its space by getting it organized.
The first step is to pull everything out of the closet, sorting into categories (such as towels, sheets, blankets, and pillows) as you go. You might also find bathroom necessities, such as cleaning supplies, paper products, and medications. That’s okay, but remember that the linen closet should not be a catch-all! Once you can see your categories, consider the quantities you own, and begin to downsize. See if you can narrow down your sheet sets to two per bed (one on the bed, and one in the closet). Donate old, ratty towels to your local animal shelter. Get rid of extra blankets and pillows that you no longer use.
Next, begin returning items to the closet. Placement is key! Store bulky items that you use infrequently (such as beach towels or heavy blankets) on the very top shelf. Place items that you use most often at eye level so you can easily reach them. Fold towels neatly and store either by size or set. Or, roll the towels for an eye-pleasing, easy-to-grab storage method. Sheets sets can be slipped into their coordinating pillowcases for easy retrieval, stacking similar sizes in the same row. If you’re storing bathroom supplies in the linen closet, be sure to contain them in pretty boxes or baskets, rather than leaving them to fall over. Stash bathroom cleaning products in a handled tote so you can “grab and go” on cleaning day.
Finally, be sure to label the shelves and containers so that items return to their correct “homes,” ensuring an organized linen closet for years to come.
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