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Linen Stock Take

We’d all love to have a linen closet worthy of a Netflix special, but despite our best intentions, these spaces often become the junk drawer equivalent for everything bed and bath-related.

With renewed energy and a little creativity, you can say goodbye to teetering stacks of yellowing towels and balls of crumpled sheets.

Here are our tips for  organising a dreamy linen closet.

A Good Purge | 

Be honest with yourself about how often you actually use those mint green towels your mother in law gave you or the threadbare sheets you could read the newspaper through!

Chances are good that you don’t use at least half of what you store in your precious linen closet. Rather than finding a spot for these unused items, donate them. Organising is so much easier when you have less stuff to work with.

Line Your Linen Closet Shelves |

This simple preventative measure goes a long way in maintaining the quality of your linens. Certain wood and melamine shelves can cause fading or discolouring over time, to avoid permanently damaging your sheets and towels, cover your shelves with a liner.

There are endless options available, I prefer unscented and undyed.

Even with lined shelves, I still place an old sheet down as a base or package my smaller linen items in old white pillowcases.

Always Put Things Away Clean |

This should go without saying, but washing your sheets and towels before you stack and organise them is crucial. That way you know you’re always reaching for a clean item when you need to make your bed or resupply a guest room with fresh towels.

Sort and organise your linens by type, size, or location. If you have distinct sheet sets and linens for each room in your home, separating them by space can also be effective.

Gone are the days of pairing cream-coloured pillowcases with your crisp white sheets because you can’t find their match.

If, however, your towel and sheet sets are more interchangeable, you may want to organise them by size, type, or colour.

Keep everything else, beach towels, dish towels, table runners, duvet covers and quilts organised together and label your shelves and white pillowcases so that you can reach for them easily.

Make sure to put your most frequently used items at the front and center of your linen closet and relegate off-season or infrequently-used items to the top shelf or back of your closet.

Use Boxes, Bins And Baskets To Store And Separate Your Linens |

If you have lots of different types and sizes of linens, designate mini storage zones to keep everything neat and easy to locate.

You can use fabric boxes, cloth bins, or lined baskets to separate your different items: bath towels in one, dish towels in another, guest bedroom sheets in another, and so forth.

If you want your linen closet to look straight out of a Marie Kondo episode, invest in coordinating boxes so everything looks clean and uniform and brings you joy.

Don’t Forget About Fabric Bags, Zippered Plastic Pouches And Space-Saving Bags |

For everything that can’t be stored in a box or basket, use old duvet covers that are no longer in rotation. Store duvets, down comforters and feather pillows inside with a dryer sheet and some sprigs of dried lavender.

Extra beach towels, quilts, and pillows can also fit into fabric drawstring bags, which will allow them to breathe a little.

Store Sets Of Sheets in Corresponding Pillowcases |

Gone are the days of pairing cream-coloured pillowcases with your crisp white sheets because you can’t find their match.

Forget frantically digging around in piles of fabric to locate the one navy blue fitted sheet you know is in there somewhere.Instead, fold your sheets neatly, then tuck the entire set inside one of its corresponding pillowcases.

Label Your Linens |

Once you’ve got your linens sorted and organised into different neat piles and storage bins, the labelling can begin.

Being able to distinguish between your full-size and queen-size sheets at a glance will make it a breeze to find exactly what you’re looking for, both when you want to take things out and put them away.

Use An Over-The-Door Rack To Hang Tablecloths And Runners |

A rack on the inside of your closet door is perfect for storing table runners and tablecloths neatly.

Hanging these items doesn’t just make them easy to see and access, it also helps keep them dust- and wrinkle-free so you can pull them out for a dinner party at a moment’s notice.

Be honest with yourself about how often you actually use those mint green towels your mother in law gave you or the threadbare sheets you could read the newspaper through!

Keep Your Linen Closet Fresh |

Nothing destroys an impeccably organised linen closet faster than moths, must, and mildew, you want to protect your beautiful bed linens and towels.

To keep your linens fresh while they’re tucked away, add an open box of baking soda to your closet floor to absorb any moisture and bad odours that creep in. Place cedar blocks along your shelves to prevent moths and bugs. A dryer sheet inside your packaged sheet sets keep them smelling clean.

Lastly a few lavender sachet bags or naturally scented soaps in your linen boxes will help maintain that lovely just-washed smell.

Happy organising and stock take and wishing you all a happy and lavender scented new year.

Karen Reed

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