Is that tangle of fitted sheets, pillowcases, bath towels, and cleaning supplies making it impossible for you to find everything you need in your linen closet? Use these tips to clear out the clutter and organize the mess into a fully functional storage space.
Start With a Purge
Begin the cleaning process by throwing out all the damaged, stained, or soiled linens. Check the expiration dates on cleaning supplies (yes, they do have expiration dates!) and discard any that are past their prime. Simplify the process by removing all of the contents of the closet first. Group similar items together, then decide which ones to keep by category.
Wash, Fold, Arrange
Run your remaining linens through the washer if you haven’t cleaned your closet in a while. Fold each item to a uniform size to ensure they fit neatly in their allotted space. Keep bedding sets together by placing the entire set into a corresponding pillowcase.
Clean, Repair, Replace
Closets are some of the most neglected parts of our homes. After clearing out your linen collection, take some time to wipe all the dust from shelves and walls. Consider adding liners to protect your wooden shelves from long-term damage. Use a broom or vacuum cleaner with an attachment to suck up cobwebs and hidden dirt in corners and on the flooring. Fix any shelves that are broken or out of alignment. If it can’t be easily fixed, you may want to have them replaced.
Build an Organizational System
Before you load all of your belongings back into the closet, make sure each type of item has a designated storage area. Use separate fabric storage cubes for hand towels, bath sheets, kitchen linens, and other small items. Open baskets work well for spray bottles, scrub brushes, and other small cleaning items. Hang hooks on the inside of the door to hold hand tools or frequently used items. Wire trays are great for keeping backup grooming items neat and accessible. You may need to install more shelves or use a store-bought organizer to accommodate all of your belongings.
Put Everything Back In
Working from the top of your closet space to the bottom, put everything back in. Fold bulky comforters and blankets and place them on the top shelves. Use the middle shelves for bedsheets and bath towels. Place extra grooming supplies and toiletries on the bottom shelf. Put heavy items and cleaning chemicals on the floor to avoid accidents and injury. Zippered storage bags are a great way to keep freshly laundered linens clean until they’re needed.
Move On to the Rest of Your Home
Many families use the linen closet as a catch-all storage space for all the things they don’t need regularly. Break that habit by taking some time to find proper storage places in your home for all the art supplies, board games, and sports gear you may have stashed in your linen closet.
Repeat this process once every 3 or 4 months to keep your linen closet tidy, or make a call to your favorite Atlanta maid service to keep your home well-maintained, even through your busiest times of year!