Buckle up buttercup.
I have the BEST idea for you today.
It all started with a messy drawer of tablecloths and placemats that wouldn’t shut.
It was too full of messy, wrinkled, disorganized stuff for your table.
I tried everything. I tried kicking the drawer. I tried pushing all of that wrinkled, unorganized mess down with one hand and shutting the drawer with the other. I tried scooting everything to the back and shutting the front.
I came up with an idea that was so simple I wasn’t even sure it would work.
But it DID.
It worked perfectly.
And I reorganized the entire linen drawer with this.
PAPER TOWEL ROLLS.
I know, right?
Are you impressed?
Can you even believe it?
And it was so easy, too.
Step 1: Start collecting empty paper towel rolls
I used about 12 to organize my drawer.
(total aside: I also used the inside of a gift wrap roll and the cardboard tube that a rug came on. I just cut them down to the size of a paper towel roll.)
Step 2: Spray your table linen with wrinkle spray
Some of them were ready without any spray.
But TONS of my linens were wrinkled.
If they were, I just sprayed a little bit of wrinkle spray on them and waited for it to dry before I rolled them.
(edited to add: to make sure the cardboard doesn’t stain the linens—for rarely used linens—make sure to wrap the roll in cloth or acid-free paper before you roll up the linens..)
Step 3: Place the empty paper towel roll at the end of your linen
The paper towel holders were the perfect size for table runners.
For tablecloths, I folded them in fourths and rolled them.
For placemats, I stacked them in stacks of four and rolled them together.
Step 4: Start rolling your linen
Have you ever seen anyone so happy to organize their linen drawer in your life?
It’s so easy.
All you do is start at one end and roll.
Step 5: Finish rolling
Keep rolling the linen until you have the entire table linen on the paper towel holder.
It’s best if you work on a flat surface because it keeps the linen straighter when you roll it.
Step 6: Add the rolled linens to the drawer
All you need to do is all the linens to a drawer like this.
I stacked two layers of them and added a stack on the side and they fit perfectly.
I used to fold my tablecloths over on a hanger and store them in a closet, but they always had that crease in the middle.
This is SO much easier and keeps them ready for use.
I wish you would have seen this drawer before.
I wish I had a video of me trying to shut it.
It’s closed and organized and ready to celebrate summer.
And we are ready to ROLL.
(Pun totally intended.) 🙂
A giant shout out to Kenna Lynn Photography for these amazing photos and for bringing me joy every day.