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Straighten Out Your Linen Closet {28 Days to De-Clutter}

Posted Feb 13 2013 12:01am
De-Cluttered Linen Closet We’re going through the house and de-cluttering the closets one by one. Yesterday was the coat closet , and today is the linen closet. If you’re keeping up with these challenges, join our  28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page  and share your excitement with the rest of us as you accomplish each task! If you’re just joining us now, you can .

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Sort through everything and set aside all items that are ripped, stained, threadbare, and hopelessly outdated (especially in the case of tablecloths and other stylish elements).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!

If you completed today’s 10-minute task, I’d love to hear about it! Tell me all about it – and show me a picture – on the 28 Days to De-Clutter Facebook Event page . Bloggers can grab the badge below and write a post – I’ll link to it in my next post and pin it to my 28 Days to De-Clutter Pinterest Board , and share on Facebook and Twitter.  And everyone can join in on the Twitter conversation by using the hashtag #28daystodeclutter .

Clutter-Free in 28 Days!

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