Organise your linen cupboard in 5 easy steps
It's easy to collect worn-out, mismatched bed sheets and quilt covers when you have kids,so it's common for most of us to have a linen cupboard that is about to burst at the hinges! If you're scared to tug at the pile of towels in case everything will come tumbling out, then it's time to makeover your linen cupboard. Follow these simple steps to whip your linen cupboard into shape!
Linen cupboard makeover step 1 - Sort
Put on your ruthless hat and scrutinise those bath towels, sheets, blankets and quilt covers - are they really worth keeping? If it's too worn, grossly discoloured, or is more holy than the pope, then toss it!
Now put the toss pile in a garbage bag to go to a charity bin - even really worn sheets can be used by charities'' to sell as rags to factories.
HOT TIP - Not everything has to live in your linen cupboard. For example table cloths might be better placed in a dining room side board cupboard and bath towels (if you have room) in a bathroom vanity cupboard. Likewise, kids' bed sheets might be better stored in their cupboard or in one of their tall boy drawers.
Linen cupboard makeover step 2 - Think in threes
Think about how often you wash and how many sets of sheets each member of your brood really needs. As a guide, try not to have more than three sets for each child. This means that while one set is in the wash, another is on the bed and the third is in the cupboard ready for midnight emergencies!
Use the three principal for bath towel sets too. Resist the temptation to hoard extra sets in case of emergencies, and whenever you get a new set of sheets or towels, give the old ones to the charity bin.
Linen cupboard makeover step 3 - Organise
Now it's time to make sense of everything you've decided to keep.
First, divide linens into groups: bedding for each child, towels in sets, tablecloths, napkins etc.
Next separate summer from winter items, and daily linens from those for special occasions. The everyday and the current season should be stored at eye level, and the rest at the back or bottom of the cupboard.
HOT TIP - Store bulky items like blankets in the zippered bags in which they were purchased to keep them free of dust, or pack them in old pillowcases.
Linen cupboard makeover step 4 - Label, label, label!
If you don't own a labeller, invest in one, it will change your life!
Label each linen cupboard shelf so if by some freak of nature, somebody else puts the washing away, they won't mess up your nicely ordered linen cupboard. Label not only the type of linen but what bed or bathroom it belongs to e.g. - ‘King Fitted,” “single sheets” “Kids bathroom” “Summer Blankets etc.
Linen cupboard makeover step 5 - Maintain order
Keep your linen cupboard fresh by making sure you follow this simple principle: Always use sheets and towels from the bottom of the pile and place freshly laundered ones on the top. This way, you're not reusing the same sheets over and over again and wearing them out, but are using all three sets an even ammount.
When you've finished ironing and folding linens, place them neatly in the piles you have created and labeled to keep your linen cupboard oh-so-neat!
HOT TIP - Linen needs breathing space. Fend off mould and mildew by airing your linen every three months, or placing an open container of baking soda in the cupboard to dispel moisture.