Just like the coat closet, the typical linen closet holds a lot more than is required for its intended purpose: medications, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and more often fill up all the spaces left over once the collection of sheets and towels is in place. But today we’re going to get focused on the sheets, blankets and towels since I have no way of knowing exactly what is in your linen closet besides that. (For the record, my linen closet also houses my candle collection, a baby potty seat, and all the extra toiletry supplies.)
Open the closet doors and ignore everything but the linens for a moment. Then set your timer for 10 minutes, and…
Remove all the linens from the closet, including blankets, sheets, towels, tablecloths and cloth napkins.
Sort through everything and set aside all items that are ripped, stained, threadbare, and hopelessly outdated (especially in the case of tablecloths and other stylish elements).
Fold everything else neatly and place it back on the shelves, grouping by type and/or size. All towels together, all wash rags together, all blankets together, etc. I like to keep blankets on the top shelf because they’re so bulky but light enough they won’t hurt anybody if they fall off the shelf onto an unsuspecting head.
A super easy way to store sheet sets together is to fold them all as neatly as possible and slide the whole stack into one of the pillowcases. That way you don’t have spare sheets floating around the space of your linen closet.
Now sort through the items you set aside and determine if you want to take the time to repair any damaged items or not. If so, set them in your mending pile (or laundry basket, depending on what they need). If not, see if you can recycle or upcycle what’s left into anything. Finally, anything you’re left with that is just no more use to you should be carted off to the Goodwill (or thrown on the trash heap if it’s just that bad.)Ready for more? Read on!