Welcome to 14 Days of Organization!
I’m taking two weeks to work on intentional organization to create a more peaceful home. Today I’m focusing on linen cabinet organization. If you’re catching up, start here.
The linen closet is home to many basic household items that need to be accessed on a regular basis. It’s also one spot that can quickly become messy and cluttered.
In our house, we have cabinets in the upstairs hallway that serve as our “linen closet.” I use them to store typical items like sheets and towels, as well as medicine. I also store home decor items that I use regularly, like vases and candles.
Right now, there’s also a mix of other stuff that doesn’t have a better home, and it’s pretty much a mess. My process for organizing the linen cabinet is similar to how I cleaned out the bedroom closet. Just follow the 3 Rs: remove, reevaluate, and reorganize.
1 | Remove
First, empty all the contents of the cabinet. It’s easier to sort things out when you can see what you’re working with. It also gives you the chance to clean the cabinets/closet.
To simplify the process, group similar items together as you remove them. It will be easier to assess items if sheets and towels are separate from medicines and toiletries.
2 | Reevaluate
Instead of just putting everything back, take time to assess which items belong in the linen cabinet. Some items may need to be thrown out or replaced.
Repurpose old towels as rags. Separate stained or torn sheets from linens in good condition. I recently learned you can actually donate all your linens. The charitable organization will send unusable items to a textile recycling company.
Check the expiration dates on medicines and get rid of anything past its expiration. Many pharmacies will accept old medicine for safe disposal. Keep a running list of anything that needs to be replaced.
Find a new home for items that don’t belong in the linen cabinet. If you can’t decide where they should go right now, that’s okay. Create a landing spot to be addressed later. Just don’t wait too long and let the clutter build up!
3 | Reorganize
After cleaning the cabinet and purging unnecessary items, it’s time to put things back in your linen cabinet in a way that will help keep things in order. Here are a few tricks:
Use baskets, bins, and other containers to keep like items together.
Instead of letting smaller items like toiletries float in the cabinet on their own, group similar things together in a container.
Put cleaning supplies in a caddy that can be taken from room to room.
I like to have the extra supplies in their own bin so that I don’t have to haul cleaning products upstairs every time I clean the bathrooms. Again, I’m keeping the cabinet organized and saving time down the road.
Fold sheets, towels, and other linens and stack similar items together.
The next time you’re making the bed, you’ll be able to find the sheets in a snap if they aren’t in a jumbled mess. Not only are you keeping the linen cabinet neater, but you’re saving yourself time in the future.
When you’re linen cabinet is in good order, it makes it easier to find what you need and to know when items need to be replaced. Save yourself time by keeping this space organized.
You can find all 14 days of organizational tips, tricks, and strategies HERE!