Sunday, January 10, 2016

An Easy Way to Organize Your Linen Closet

Photo by Funkthishouse.com
If Opening Your Linen Closet Causes Heart Palpitations, It's Time for a Spring Sort!

If you have a big family, and many different sizes of beds, as we do, then this practical linen-sorting tip can help.

Here's How I Solved the Problem of Mixing Up the Various Sizes of Linens for each Room in the Home:

In our washroom we have a closet we're currently using as a Linen Closet. It doesn't matter where your linen closet is located, so long as it's large enough to use sorting bins.

We have five bedrooms and four sons. Each bedroom has a different sized bed; double, queen, single, king ... so my linen closet was ALWAYS a disaster! Plus I also found myself unfolding and re-folding sheets after grabbing the wrong sized sheets for a bed!

One Day, I HAD Enough and decided to find a way to organize the closet so that finding the right sheets for the right bed wouldn't be such a hassle!

NOW Each room has it's own storage bucket with the respective sized Bedding in it. You could also put their bedding in their bin in their bedroom closet, but that doesn't work for us.
By Funkthishouse.com
First of all, I know the sheets would end up in a heap, and second there wasn't any more space to do it that way.

You can see by the photo that each child has it's own storage container with their linens in it, with the second shelf reserved for towels.

The extra containers have pillow cases in them, divided up by size - One container has 'double/queen sized pillow cases' and one of container has 'king sized pillow cases'.

Our master bedroom actually has two containers - one container holds the 'flannel sheets' and the other holds the summer 'cotton sheets'. Also, on the very bottom of the closet I keep a laundry basket for the boys to put their dirty clothes in.

I've lightly written the boys names on each of their respective containers so that I can quickly find the sheets for the bedroom I need.

It's working out very well. Although, sometimes I do put the wrong sheets in a bucket and have to correct it.

It is a bit of a pain to take the buckets out that are on the very top, but they're the ones I use less frequently. Plus I prefer it this way over the mess that it once was.

This was easy to do; just measure the width and depth of the shelves, decide how many containers you need and then be sure you pick containers that will fit nicely on the shelves.

PS: Keep the containers OPEN to easily reach in and grab bedding without having to open and close them each time

by Barbara Tremblay Cipak
Owner - Funkthishouse.com

Added Bonus: Check out creative laundry room sorting tips for a small space here !


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10 comments:

  1. What a fabulous closet! I seriously need to do this in my own linen closet. I have recently just started washing the sheets and putting them back on the respective bed the same day just to avoid my linen closet. I am a serious pack "mouse" (not rat). Plus, we also have several bedrooms and beds, all different sizes. It is even worse now that we have one bed that requires deeper sheets due to a pillowtop mattress. I really love this idea!

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    1. it's the only thing that's really worked for me, but I do have to occasionally go through the baskets to tidy them up, (but not too often)

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  2. Great idea for multiple beds and several sizes of sheets. I could have used something like this when there were 5 living in the family. Now that they are all grown, it's down to just three beds, so I've reduced my linens to just two sets per bed! Easier to keep track of these days (but not as much fun as when everyone was still at home). :)

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    1. You're right, reducing linens is also an excellent solution :)

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  3. Wow! So organized! Storage bins are excellent for keeping like things together. I also like to use a pillow case to keep sets together, as I've struggled with that in the past too. Thanks for sharing your tip!

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  4. I love an organized closet, so I got very excited when I saw your photo. We only have two beds now, both of which use the same size sheets, so we don't have the problem. However, in our old house (pre-fire) we had a very difficult-to-manage linen closet with an accumulation of blankets and quilts in addition to sheets and blankets. Oh, wish I would have seen this back then!

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    1. It's amazing how many linens we collect over our lifetime isn't it!

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  5. I love an organized closet, so I got very excited when I saw your photo. We only have two beds now, both of which use the same size sheets, so we don't have the problem. However, in our old house (pre-fire) we had a very difficult-to-manage linen closet with an accumulation of blankets and quilts in addition to sheets and blankets. Oh, wish I would have seen this back then!

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  6. We've recently purged -- after all when there are only two living in a home, you don't need linens for four plus potential guests, LOL. Makes organizing a simpler task and your method would finish the job.

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