I’m still nesting y’all.
If you are just joining us on this organizing journey, it all started as a distraction.
I just dropped two of the cutest blue-eyed, blonde-haired girls at college.
I wanted to spend my days crying.
I wanted to spend my days with the covers pulled up over my head eating Oreos and watching the episode of Gilmore Girls where Lorelai drops Rory off at Yale in her dorm room and doesn’t really leave for two days and buys the entire dorm pizza and coffee.
It’s making me feel better than eating cookies.
I wanted to share with you the best tip (along with six others) that I may or may not have discovered that keeps everything so much better organized in this space we call the linen closet.
Are you ready for organizing instead of cookies, too?
(total aside: maybe we could treat ourselves to one of these after we’re done.)
Here’s what the linen closet looks like now.
I can hear you talking at the screen.
Here’s what you might be saying:
- Where’s all your stuff?
- Where are your comforters?
- I need way more stuff in my linen closet than that.
- I love it.
I get it.
I have lived with a linen closet for YEARS that was FULL, FULL, FULL of linens and sheets and towels and all the stuff.
But you know what?
I didn’t really need all those linens. They were just taking up space and collecting dust and living with the creases where they had been creased for a zillion years because I NEVER USED THEM.
So I took a look.
A LONG HARD LOOK at the linen closet and how it functions and what I actually needed in there and came to a few (albeit controversial) decisions.
Here’s what I decided I needed for the linen closet.
(total aside: this is just for the beds and 2 bathrooms upstairs. The downstairs bathroom and bedroom have their own linen closet).
Also, please note that we have a basket in this space for towels and we wash them twice a week.
- 10 white fluffy amazing towels (I ordered these sets and LOVE THEM. They are really good size 27″ x 54″ made from Egyptian cotton and they have held up wash after wash. Also—they are super absorbent and cozy, too.)
- 10 white hand towels (I ordered this set and LOVE THEM. They are really good size 16″ x 30″ and they look like spa towels.)
- A set of these black makeup removal washcloths for my face. I saw a similar set at Leslie’s house in Waco and thought what a brilliant idea to save on all the make-up stains I was always trying to get out of my washcloths. In full disclosure six is not enough. I need to order another set.
- Bins for sheet sets. I’ll get into that later.
- A large basket for beach towels. I’ll get into this later.
- Several lightweight blankets for summer. I’ll probably adjust this slightly for winter.
- This diffuser from Mrs. Meyer’s that makes the entire linen closet smell amazing. I’ll get into this later, too.
I know it seems like we need more stuff in our linen closet. But I don’t think we really do. Take a long, hard look at all those extra linens taking up space in your linen closet and evaluate. Do you really need everything in there?
Barring an entire troupe of circus performers coming to my house, this is enough to keep us functioning and going and more importantly.
USING WHAT WE HAVE.
Here are my best seven tips to organize the linen closet using this system.
Take everything out of the closet and look at each item carefully.
Are there rips?
Are there tears?
Do you have too many top sheets and not enough bottom sheets? Do you have matching sets? Do you have pillowcases that you’ve not used for YEARS?
Divide everything into three piles.
Decide what you truly need and what you want to keep (we’ll address those in a minute). Then toss everything that’s truly damaged.
And donate the rest of all those sheets and towels to your local animal shelter.
3. Put matching sets of sheets in bins
This is the key to my entire system.
The key is you want them to be sturdy with lids.
Upstairs we have three queen/full-size beds and one twin trundle bed. So in each tote, I put a queen-sized fitted sheet and flat sheet and matching pillowcases.
One extra set in each bin for each bed.
Then I put an extra set of queen-sized sheets and extra pillowcases in an additional tote (you know for when the circus performers come to town).
Usually, I just wash the sheets on the bed and put them right back on. But if I need an extra set of sheets for the bed? I just pull down the tote and open it up and everything is there smelling great (you can add in a little sachet for each tote) and dust-free.
See what I mean?
Why would I need more sheets than that?
4. Make everything smell great
I love, love, LOVE these cardboard diffusers from Mrs. Meyer’s.
The peony is my favorite, but they have tons of other scents, too.
It’s a cardboard tube that you open up and add the beads to it to scent it.
Then you adjust the openings on the cardboard tube to release as little or as much scent as you want.
5. Store beach towels in a large basket
At the very top (you can see it in the corner) I added a large woven basket for beach towels.
I just fold them and tuck them in there when not in use.
I love this basket because it’s roomy enough to hold 5-6 beach towels (especially if you roll them up).
6. Keep towels in one color
I like white.
It’s just pretty and easy and I can use bleach in the load without worrying about it.
If you are looking for laundry tips–I have the POST for you.
7. Fold your towels in thirds
This is the way my mother-in-law showed me and I still fold them like this.
I fold them in half and then fold them in thirds.
It just makes everything stack so well and keeps them fluffier.
So let me know what you think.
Do you like my system?
Could you use it?
Is there something else you think I should have added to the linen closet?
My towels and I want to know. 🙂
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