Organizing and Storing Linens

May 3, 2013

organizing and storing linensIs your linen closet a disaster? Do you have piles of wadded-up sheets and towels hanging off the shelves with set-in wrinkles? It’s probably time to go through your linens, fold items properly, and put them away so that they don’t attract dust, silverfish or moths. Organizing your linens will also save valuable closet space and make items easier to locate. Take a minute to read these tips on storing linens so you can keep your towels and bedding looking good and smelling dryer fresh.

If you have a linen closet, there are some handy techniques to fold sheets and towels to help save space and look more organized. When storing towels, you have two options: folded or rolled. Finding the option that is right for you will depend on the number of towels you have and the size of your shelves. Try both options to see which one works best for you.

folded OR rolled towels

If you don’t have a linen closet, you are going to have to get creative with other storage options. I don’t have a linen closet in my one-bedroom apartment, so I purchased a wire shelving rack that is about three feet tall for my bathroom. I keep folded towels and washrags on that. You could even class that up a bit by putting rolled-up towels in baskets on the shelves. I also have a storage ottoman in my living room where I keep my spare bedding and beach towels.

Now that you have your towels organized, you can solve one of the world’s greatest mysteries: how to fold a fitted sheet. I don’t know about you, but this is a task that could put me in a straightjacket. A while back Oprah had Martha Stewart on her show and they tackled this linen monster.

If you want to keep your matching sheets together, a great idea is to fold the set and slide them inside one of the matching pillowcases to make a “bed sheet bundle.”

Space BagsMost people keep their blankets in the linen closet with their spare sheets and towels. One of the best ways for storing linens like blankets, quilts and comforters is by using vacuum storage bags. You can shrink an armful of blankets and pillows down to the thickness of the seventh Harry Potter book and put them away until you need them. When you open the bag, they puff back up in seconds.

With your linens folded and put away neatly, you’ll want to keep them smelling like they are fresh out of the dryer. I don’t know what it is about storage containers and closets, but they can sometimes leave your linens smelling musty and stale. To solve this problem, layer scented fabric softener sheets in between your linens. Another fun idea is to take the perfume samples from magazines and tape them to the underside of your shelves.

If you feel really ambitious, you could make your own potpourri sachets. Check out this tutorial for instructions.

If you have any creative tips on how to organize your linens and keep them smelling fresh, let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!


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