Picture this: you’re having some guests stay over a couple of nights. One of them gets a bit chilly and asks to borrow a blanket. They open your linen closet and get buried under an avalanche of disorganised blankets, sheets, and pillowcases!
Okay, that may be a bit of an over-dramatisation. However, one portion of it probably rings true: your linen closet is a mess.
Sorting is one of those things you either love or hate. It is, unfortunately, a necessity.
Your linen closet can escalate into becoming the ‘junk closet’, where you end up just shoving random, miscellaneous things. By clearing out everything that doesn’t fall under the category of linens, you’ll be able to get a better picture of how much stuff you need to organise and get a better visual of the space available to you.
The first step is to clearly define the space as a place to store sheets, duvet cover’s, blankets, pillow covers, and maybe even a few towels. As we change out our winter bedding for summer sheets, we eventually come face-to-face with poorly folded sheets, extra blankets haphazardly smashed in, and maybe even a bunch of items that just don’t belong in your linen closet.
The best way to organise your shelves for your linen closet is by season.
Whether it’s thickly woven wool blankets for winter or cool, light sheets for summer, they should be allocated their own section. Sections can be shelves or drawers. You may notice one season may have more items than another (looking at you, winter), which means one shelf or drawer will end up overstuffed—this is where an Innovative Interiors custom storage solution can come in handy.
If you know that you have a bunch of heavy winter blankets that take up a lot of space, they can be incorporated into your custom storage design so you can maximise the space.
Sort out all the multiples
Bedding almost always comes in sets, and if it didn’t, we often create one. For example, when you added that new duvet cover to your collection, you possibly got two more pillowcases and another sheet. Sooner or later, your linen closet gets overrun with a bunch of multiples you really don’t need.
During your organising, sort out your fitted sheets, pillowcases, and duvet covers to see how much of each you need. If you’re a household of two and have 12 pillowcases, you can probably do without a few.
You could always keep a few spares for yourself, your family, and guests, but beyond that, consider donating any unneeded multiples to your local hospice or another charitable op-shop.
Turns out, there are a ton of folding tutorials out there, guides from unnamed gentlemen and college kids to the Queen of Sparking Joy herself, Marie Kondo. Wherever you get your folding inspiration from, make it the same for every sheet, blanket, towel that you have. By folding everything the same way, you utilise space more effectively, and it looks better!
Don’t forget about the door
It maybe sounds a bit crazy, but the door is the most under-utilised space.
Hanging extra sheets off towel racks or even special cleaning items off the back of the door is a great way to maximise the space available to you. This is especially useful for those annoying miscellaneous items you want to keep, but you don’t know what to do with.
Make it yours
Your linen closet should be distinctly yours. If you’re struggling to keep your linen closet tidy, it’s likely because it’s not designed to meet your specifications.
Innovative Interiors can help you design and install a custom storage solution that is structured to fit you and only you. Get in touch with our design experts to see how we can help you like the look of your linen closet.