A couple of weeks ago, I had a client who needed help with her closets. She is a caretaker for her mother and works full time, so things got out of hand and she didn’t have time to take out of her day to pull everything apart and start from scratch.
This was her linen closet when I got there. It was full of towels, sheets, and cleaning supplies and I could tell she was just shoving clean linens in the front to put them away. At first glance, this can seem overwhelming especially if it’s your house… but luckily I enjoy detailed things like this. I thought I’d share my process with you.
First, I start by cleaning the area around the closet so I feel comfortable laying clean linens on the ground or on counters. Next, I take EVERYTHING out of the closet and clean up any dust or trash hiding away. Now that everything is out of the closet, I take the time to organize it and put like with like. I make a pile for towels, hand towels, wash cloths, queen sheets, twin sheets… etc. While I’m organizing, I go through and get rid of old linens that aren’t good to use anymore – to downsize just a bit. Then it’s time to fold. I fold everything to see how much room it will take before I try and figure out where it will all go.
A little tip on folding sheets: use the pillowcases to your advantage. Most sets of sheets have a fitted sheet, a top sheet, and 2-4 pillow cases. That’s a lot of pieces that can get knocked around and look messy. So my favorite way of putting sheets away is to use one pillowcase from the set and put all the folded pieces inside of it. Then you can see what set you’re choosing but if something gets toppled over, you don’t have to refold everything.
Once everything is folded, I start stacking in the closet. As you can see in these pictures, I put cleaning supplies on the bottom. Towels have their own shelf, bath mats are all the way at the top with the twin bedsheet, queen sheets have their own shelf, and double sheets went on the bottom shelf with the rest of the cleaning supplies. Every closet is different and sometimes it takes some wiggling around to figure out where everything fits.
Closets like this are why I do what I do. They seem like a big project in the beginning, but once you get going the stress just melts away. And of course, the best part of my job is watching my client relax a little when they see their space feels a little clearer. I hope this inspires you to reorganize your linen closet! 😊 As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea