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Saturday, October 13, 2012

31 Days of Organizing Tips: Day 13 (Linen closet)

Welcome to Day Thirteen of the 31 Days of Organizing Tips series!  I'm so glad you've joined me.  Throughout this series I'll be sharing organizing ideas that I've found around the web that I love and that will help you on your journey from overwhelmed to organized.  You'll find a complete list of all the posts in the 31 Days of Organizing Tips tab above, or at the end of this post.

Are you getting overwhelmed with all the amazing ideas in all the various 31 Days series?  I know I'm finding it hard to keep up with all the ones I want to follow.  If you're finding that too, please know that I do not want to overwhelm you in any way with this series!!  These tips will always be here and you can come back to them whenever you want to work on any of these organizing ideas.  :)  I'm making a plan to catch up with some of my favourite series in November!

OK, so on with this series!  Today's tip is to help you organize your linen closet.  Linen closets can often become a dumping ground for anything that doesn't have a home (you know... that place where you quickly put things when you're tidying before someone comes over!).  So, as you organize your linen closet, think about what you want to store in it and what should be relocated to others places in your home.  Here are some overall tips for your linen closet:

  • De-clutter any items you haven't used in awhile (extra sheet sets, older towels, excess toiletry items, etc.).  
  • Take the opportunity to wipe down the shelves while they are empty.  Closets don't get dirty as quickly as some areas of the house but they don't typically get cleaned as often either.  
  • Group like items together.  
  • For containers in the linen closet, some people use baskets for towels, wash cloths, etc.  Others use shelf dividers to help keep stacks of towels from falling over.  You can decide what will work best for your space and the size and depth of your shelves.  

Here are some simple tips for keeping your linen closet organized:

1.  Keep your sheet sets grouped together in a pillow case.  This keeps all the pieces together so you're not rummaging around searching for missing pieces (and in my house that search would leave a messy pile behind!).  This way looks pretty!

Closet Organizers

2.  Use baskets to group like items together and have a more organized look and feel.

Organizing the Linen Closet

3.  Group towels by colour or family member.

Organized Linen Closet
4.  Roll your towels (especially large ones).  This makes it easier to get one out without making a mess of the pile.

Tweaking & Organizing the Linen Closet

5.  Here's a quick tutorial on how to fold your towels the same way a fancy hotel does.

How to fold towels

Please remember to pin from the original source for all these fantastic pictures!  I'm happy to share them with you but I should not get credit for them :)

For Day Thirteen, organize your linen closet.  If that sounds overwhelming, choose one of the tips from this post and do that in your linen closet (like put your sets of sheets into their pillowcases or roll your towels).

Tomorrow we'll continue looking at tips for organizing various spaces in your home.

And just a reminder that as the series progresses, I'll be sharing tips for various organizing challenges.  Feel free to leave a comment with any particular areas you'd like me to cover.  I look forward to going through this series with you and hearing your tips too!

What's the best organizing tip you've implemented?

Have a great day and happy organizing!

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  1. Have you been peeking at my linen closet?? I was just looking at that darn thing. I'll be using your tips for sure!

    1. Peeking is one of my secret powers Janel :) Glad these tips will help you out. Good luck organizing your closet!

  2. Really happy to see you featuring my "how to fold towels" post here! It really does keep the linen closet neater and more organized if you do it properly, but most people I know think I'm crazy for caring how they're folded :-)

    1. You're not crazy Angela! I love your towel folding tip and it really helps keep the linen closet organized :) Thanks for sharing the idea!

  3. I love putting my sheet sets inside pillowcases. that was one of my original pinterest inspired organizational steps! I think I may try rolling towels too - thanks for the idea!

    1. You're welcome Dara! It's fun when an idea you find online makes a difference isn't it?

      I started doing the rolled towels thing this summer with our beach towels (after I saw it online!) and it really helped keep them neater. I don't know why someone always wants a towel from the middle of the stack but when they pulled one out before it always left a mess and now it doesn't. That's my idea of a tip that works :)

  4. Rolling towels is a great idea. My linen closet is in need of a makeover. Thanks for sharing such great resources. I think I fixes my no-reply problem. Thank you for bringing it to my attention and showing me how to fix it.

    1. You're welcome Karri! Glad to help. Glad you are no longer a "no-reply-er" :) Good luck with your linen closet makeover!


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