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Keep the towels in your linen closet organized with these three easy steps.
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I am a firm believer in donating excess stuff to simplify your life, therefore the first step to organizing your linen closet is to declutter. It is impossible to organize when you simply have too much stuff. How many towels do you really need, and do you use all the towels in your closet? In this instance ‘too much’ is defined as more than you use or need.
As a rule of thumb, I would say the least number of towel sets you should have is three for each bathroom. One set that you are using, and two clean sets, one for swapping on wash day and a spare that is ready for guests.
In writing the ‘Simplify Your Life Challenge’ I completed all of the steps and decreased the amount of unnecessary stuff in my life and it feels great!
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After sorting thru the towels, cutting some older towels up to use as cleaning rags, and then donating other towels to the local veterinary clinic, (and those animals are now recuperating on high-quality gorgeous towels I might add), this picture shows what is left in our linen closet which serves the two upstairs bathrooms.
Step #1: DECLUTTER! Donate extra towels to a local thrift shop or animal shelter. Cut up the older towels into usable sizes for household cleaning rags, the craft room, and the garage.
I can’t seem to stress this enough. I hear all the time from people that they just can’t get organized and after I chat with them for a bit, I often find that the main stumbling block is simply that they have TOO MUCH STUFF.
Since I tend to change my home decor color scheme fairly regularly but usually not back to the same colors, I gave away our towels that don’t match my current color scheme. Was it hard? Yes, it was. Did I feel better afterward? YES I DID and you will too! And let’s face it, some of them had seen better days. After you declutter, if you realize that it is time to invest in some new towels, check out the Shop4You list at the bottom of this post. It includes quality, plush towels in some of my favorite colors.
After the declutter, the main colors I am sticking to are teal and seafoam. Choose your main color scheme and donate the rest! Chances are if you don’t like the colors you are not going to use the towels anyway so what is the point of them taking up space. Once you have settled on your main color palette then add in one or two complementary colors. The white and chocolate-brown work well for us, as these towels are simple to pair up with any of our other towels to make a cohesive set. Quick and easy is the key!
Try to buy the same towel style or pattern in your main decor color and your accent color, this makes it easy to mix and match while maintaining a streamlined clean look. You can see two examples of this in the first photo of my linen closet above. On the top shelf, the white and white towels with a stripe all feature the same square dot pattern in the fabric. And on the middle shelf, the white and seafoam towels both have the vertical stripes. Of course, being me, I had to keep a few towels in the bright teal green to add an occasional pop of color. They really do look great with the chocolate brown towels.
Okay, now that I look at this picture, I am kind of laughing because two of these colors are also my blog branding colors. Teal and Seafoam!
Perhaps I should add in a chocolate-brown, I am going to have to play around with that thought and see what I come up. What do you think? Should I add a rich chocolate-brown to my blog color scheme and where would it be best to use it on the site? Leave me a comment to let me know at the end of the post!
Step #2: STREAMLINE. Coordinate your linens by purchasing the same style/brand in two colors.
Once you have fewer color choices, it makes it simple to group the similar colors and styles all to one shelf. No more digging around looking for the face cloth that matches the bath and hand towel because you now have them on one shelf. When possible, try to place the hand and face towels on top of the bath towels. I say when possible because of course, this depends on the size of your family. If you have five people then likely only the bath towels are going to fit in one pile on a shelf and if this is the case, then place the coordinating hand towels and face cloths in both your main and accent color directly beside the bath towels. There are still easy to find and pull out as a group when it’s time to wash and freshen up your linens.
Watch this video by Timur so you can fold your towels like a pro! >>‘How to Fold Your Towels’.
Step #3: SIMPLIFY. Store complete sets together and on the same shelf if possible.
Really, that’s all there is to it. Follow these three steps and your linen closet will stay tidy and organized always.
Bonus Tip: To extend the life of your towels, rotate them by placing the freshly washed linens at the bottom of the stack on the shelf. Yes, this takes a minute or two longer than throwing them on top of the pile, and no my husband doesn’t do this if he puts the towels away. Give it a try to prolong the life of the entire set of towels as you will not repeatedly be pulling out and using the same towels from the top of the pile, and therefore the set will wear evenly.
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