Organize Your Linen Closet

Your linen closet may become the catch-all for any old and unused linens and towels you may have in your home. To be able to use this space efficiently, you must be able to keep it clean and organized. There are several steps you can take to do a complete cleaning and organization of your linen closet.

The first thing you need to do to completely clean and organize your linen closet is to empty everything out the closet and sort everything according to what they are. Pillows, towels, sheets, linens, blankets, and any other linen should be sorted accordingly. Sorting these out will help you better get a visual inventory of what you have and the age and condition of all of your linens.

The next step is to take stock of what you have and what you need. If you need less than you have, consider donating your excess linens and towels so that others may get use out of them. Another alternative is to turn old linens and towels into rags for cleaning, or make into other household objects. If you have more than you need, now is the best time to get rid of the excess so you may better organize your linen closet to fit your needs and make it easier to get what you need easily.

Now that your linen closet is empty, take the time to clean off the shelves, walls, and door to your linen closet. Dust can accumulate on your linens and shelves, so be sure to get to the very back and sides. This is also the best time to rearrange your linen closet to best fit your need. Arrange your shelves to best fit your linens and towels, making sure to adjust the height to accommodate bulky blankets, comforters, or pillows. You can also take this time to line your shelves with a liner if you so desire. Liners can protect both your linens and your shelves from unnecessary wear.

When rearranging your closet to put your items back in, be sure that everything is folded neatly. Try to put items back in small stacks and not taller towers. This will reduce the tumbling of linens whenever you need to reach for something at the bottom of a stack. Also remember to leave some room in your closet for air circulation so dust and allergens will not accumulate.

Bulky items should be stored at the very top or very bottom of your linen closet. This will make it easier to leave room for thinner materials at eye level. Make sure that everything you fold and place in your linen closet are folded the same way to make them easier to visually pick out and easier to stack and store. You may also want to consider keeping the most used items at eye level or below and the least used items at the top of your closet to make for easier access.

Be sure to check your linen closet often for excess moisture as this could lead to mold or mildew. Keeping your closet clean and organized will keep your linens and towels in their best condition and easier to keep up with. A clean linen closet will certainly make your home easier to maintain and your linens easy to find.

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