It takes a short amount of time and once complete will make you feel like you’re the king or queen of organisation. On top of that, once it’s done you’ll feel like a real ‘adult’ who has got his/her life under control. A big reward for a small job.
Here are four simple steps to help you conquer the linen cupboard.
1. Unload what’s there
First, pull everything out and bring it to the nearest bed. Don’t be surprised to find items that have been missing for years or that you have no idea where they came from.
Start making piles of like items: Think towels, doonas, sheets, pillowcases. You may need to divide up those piles even further (for example, separate bath towels from beach towels, etc.).
2. Say goodbye to what you don’t need, use or want
Now spend a few minutes carefully examining each of those piles. Generally there will be one or two of them that are really a bit out of control. Dig into those areas first. Are you really ever going to use that stained, ugly, torn, hot pink sheet set? With your kids grown and gone do you still need those single bed sheets?
Be ruthless and discard as much as you reasonably can. If you feel like you’re having trouble getting rid of stuff, remember that there are stray animals in shelters in your town who would love to cuddle up against some old linen of yours.
3. Keep like things together
Once you’ve sorted out the stuff you no longer need or use, fold the remaining things up neatly. Assign a shelf for similar items: Blankets on the top shelf, towels on the second shelf… you get the idea!
I’m not going to tell you how to fold your towels as in my experience everyone has their own correct way of doing it. Whichever way makes you happy is great. Think about how great folded towels look in a home goods store and just make sure they all look like they’ve been done the same way.
For the sheets, make sure you fold the entire sheet set so that each of the pieces fits neatly with one of the set’s pillowcases. This simple tip will keep sets together and those little parcels filled with sheets make the linen cupboard look super organised; and, on top of that, they’re very easy to grab to take to the bedroom when making up the bed.
4. Don’t overload the space
Finally, when putting things back, don’t overload the shelves or stack items too high. The higher the stack, the more likely it is that you won’t use the stuff at the bottom (to get the best use out of your sheets and towels, you want to rotate through them regularly).
So, after you’ve laundered and folded sheets or towels, put them back on the bottom of the pile. The other reason not to stack too high is that high piles tend to fall over and pretty soon you’re back in the same position you started from.
Believe me when I tell you that it won’t take more than an hour to completely tame your linen cupboard. And trust me when I tell you that you’ll feel so proud of your accomplishment, it will give you such a good feeling of zen, that you’ll think about grabbing your phone and updating your Instagram account showing the world exactly what you’re capable of doing!
Linen cupboard conquered – what’s next?