Do you dread opening the door of your linen closet out of fear you many become buried under an avalanche of stuffed in fitted sheets, towels, and 10 extra duvets you keep “just in case”?
At one point or another, everyone goes through the stress of a messy linen closet. You cannot find a towel or a sheet to save your life and somehow your husband’s car parts have managed to find their way into a section of it.
Jo Carmichael, Australia’s leading Decluttering specialist and founder of All Sorted Out, prides herself on making spaces like this in the home not only a joy to behold but functional and efficient. If your linen closet is in desperate need of some TLC, Jo Carmichael’s top organization tips will have you on your way to #linencupboardgoals in no time.
The Clear Out
First thing’s first, you need to empty this closet that looks more like a disaster zone. Start in a small section, whether it be top to bottom and work your way down. Place all your items in an area you can go through everything clearly — a spare bedroom or lounge room area is best for this. Once your closet is clear, dust and wipe down the shelves to ensure your linen is placed back into a fresh and clean storage space.
Declutter and organize.
Once your closet is completely free the fun begins! It’s time to start sorting. Start by making different piles of things, such as towels, blankets, sheets, and so on. This is the time to start clearing/throwing items away that don’t need to be there. For example, start throwing the old towels with stains, the blankets with holes. This also includes items you don’t use. If you haven’t used it in the last 6 to 12 months, then you can probably live without it.
Organize your linen into groups.
The key to a neat and practical linen closet is all about coordination. I like to organize my linen closet by placing items I use more frequently, such as towels and sheets, in the middle so they’re easily accessible and storing things I don’t use as often, such as winter blankets, up the top. Make sure you fold all linen neatly before storing it. Messy, thrown-in linen will be more likely to tumble down on you when you open the door.
Once you’ve grouped the queen bed linen in a pile, single linen in another pile, etc., be sure that everyone knows this by labeling. It really helps, even me, to adhere to placing things back in the correct spot. It’s great for kids, too.
Keep it neat.
Baskets are a stylish storage solution that helps to keep everything neat and tidy inside the closet. Face washers and flannels can be contained in a small basket so they don’t get mixed up with the bath mats.
Once you have finalized the placement of your linen, it’s up to you to keep your space clean. Easy ways to achieve this is by not overfilling it with 20 more towels and sheets. Keep the space practical by having enough of what you need not 30 towels for a house of four. Also, keep in mind this space should be designated to your linen only, not your husband’s car parts.
If you only have ten minutes…
If time is short, apply the “Lower Third Rule” to your linen press. Because we tend to use the same items over and over, you’ll find that the lower third of any stack of clothing or sheets, towels or linen is the least used. So, quickly and efficiently grab the lower third of any stack of items in your linen press and chuck. Chances are you never (if ever) use them and won’t miss them once they’re gone.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Homes to Love.