towels, blankets and sheets: the linen closet
I know I did a post on the bathroom closet already, but I thought I should go one step deeper into the linen closet. If you are lucky enough to have a linen closet, it can be a serious catch-all, for any fabric related item we aren't sure what to do with. But with a little time and energy, you can create a functional storage closet. Try these tips and let me know how you do.
1 >> Rotation is key. When you are washing bedding and towels and have more than one set, put the newly washed items at the bottom of the stack. This will force you to use all of your collection and you'll have even wear and tear...giving you a little more life from each set. This will save you money in not having to buy replacement sheets every season. If there is a set that you keep skipping for some reason, consider donating it, since you are clearly not using it anymore. If you do need to buy new, save yourself some money and keep your eye out for white sales, usually near January in most retail stores.
2 >> Every towel has an expiration date. Most of the time, you get what you pay for. But even expensive towels over time, will fade, thin and rip. This is when I get out the scissors, cut them up into smaller squares and use them as dusting or painting rags. I do this same thing with old t-shirts. I got this idea from my mom. T-shirts are especially great for dusting. Plus, you'll save a little money in not buying rags and you can feel good about recycling.
3 >> Give yourself some rules. When I am deciding on what to keep and what to give, I draw the line at anything that is not part of a set. Single old flat sheets can be used as a drop cloth for painting. Single old fitted sheets are great to cover the car seat if you have something messy to haul (like a pet to the vet). Anything that has a stain or hole can be set aside for donation or to be used as part of a household project. Think arts and crafts, on the floor for painting nails in the bathroom, camping or for drying off the dog.
4 >> Divide and concur. Once you decide on everything else you are keeping, you'll know how to divide out the space in the closet. Keep heavy blankets at the bottom. Store sheet sets together in a stack. Separate by sizes (king, queen, twin). Extra towels can be on a separate shelf. Separate by type (body, hand, washcloth, beach). Make sure you aren't shoving anything way in the back. If other things must be stored in this closet, keep them separated on their own shelf and out of the way, so you can see and have full access to your most used items. This will save you time and energy in being able to access what you need easily and quickly.