During the gray days of January is a great time to focus your attention on the spaces in your home that are often used but rarely seen. Let’s talk about linen closets. Whether you have a large closet or a small nook or set of shelves that function as your “linen closet”, these tips will help.
How many should I have?
Sheet sets: 2 sets for each bed, potentially 1 older extra set to use for painting or other household projects
Blankets: one for each bed plus an extra for each size of bed that you have for guests
Pillow cases: 2 for twins, 4 for full, queen and king sizes
Towels: 2 sets per person plus an extra (in case you have guests and need to do laundry at the same time). A set includes: bath towel, hand towel, and wash cloth.
What else goes in the linen closet?
Surplus of toiletries (travel size products for guests or to pack for trips)
Extra toilet paper
Bathroom cleaning supplies
First aid/medicine **Check expiration dates on all products & toss the old ones
How to store:
Store sheets by size. Fold the flat sheet and fitted sheet as neatly as possible, then store them inside one of the pillow cases. Consider labeling the spot on the shelf where each specific size sheet set goes, to avoid confusion or having to un-fold the sheet set to find the size you’re looking for. You could use cloth storage boxes to keep sheets free of dust.
Stack or roll towels. Sort by size and color, or by particular bathroom in which they are used.
Use large baskets or bins to hold extra blankets & comforters or sleeping bags. This will keep them off of the floor & avoid dust.
Enjoy a few lovely examples of orderly linen closets…