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If you are reading this, the sheets in your linen closet are likely a little out of control, and you could use a step by step guide to get it sorted and organized. If that’s you, you have come to the right place.
If you missed part 1, please take a moment to read it >> here. Once you have completed the three easy steps in part one, be sure to pop back and let’s get those sheets unjumbled.
For me, the biggest challenge in organizing the closet was how to fold those darn fitted sheets. Is this a problem area in your linen closet and does it cause an unsightly mess? Well, our closet use to be there, but not anymore!
I made an attempt to write out the steps ‘how to fold a fitted sheet’ but found it darn near impossible, so I am sharing two short YouTube videos which illustrate the technique I use to fold fitted sheets.
In this first video, Susan demonstrates how to fold a smaller size sheet, the video is worth watching as she gives clear and easy to understand directions. Check it out >> How to Fold a Fitted Sheet.
To see how this same technique is applied and works beautifully on a larger size fitted sheet, watch this short video from Crane & Company >> How to Fold a Fitted Sheet.
Great tips and tricks hey! If you take this technique and apply it to your fitted sheets, your sheets take up a lot less space in your linen closet and have a lot fewer wrinkles.
Now back to getting those sheets out of a jumble.
Remove all the sheets from the closet.
Sort, and match up the sets.
Donate all the sheets you haven’t used in the past year, especially sheets for which you don’t have any mattress the same size!
Cut up sheets that are torn or worn, use them as rags in the garage. The lint-free cotton squares work especially well to clean up little paint spills during your DIY projects.
Re-Fold the sheets that are out of control, looking lumpy, and like the cat dragged them in.
TIP: Simplify by having fewer styles & colors. When you find a quality brand that you love, stick with it. So many times in the past I purchased sheet sets for their cute color or pattern, only to be disappointed with the fit or wear. Sheets are expensive enough, don’t spend any more $$ on sets that you won’t use, or will likely be tossed in the rag bin after a couple washes.
Now that you have the sheets unjumbled, let’s get those sheets organized in your linen closet. Some people prefer to store all the fitted sheets on one shelf, flat sheets on another shelf, and pillowcases in another pile on yet another shelf in their linen closet. Over the years, I have found what works for me, and I recommend that you give the following a try.
TIP: Place and store the flat and fitted sheet, along with the pillowcase(s) to make a complete sheet set together all on one shelf. The main reason being, (after you follow the simplify guidelines shared in an earlier post “Organize Your Linen Closet,”) you only have a select number of colors and it can be tricky to find the set.
For instance, if you have a double and a queen sheet set in a similar color and fabric, you can easily grab the wrong size and now have to go back to search out the correct size sheet. Not only using your valuable time searching for the right size but you also have to re-fold the other sheet that didn’t fit the bed.
Save time and frustration by knowing that you have taken the complete set all in one size, out of the closet to begin with. Of course, it is still a personal preference which method you follow but since I am writing, let’s do it my way. Do you hear me giggling?
After folding the sheets using the technique shown in the YouTube Videos, they look tidy and take up way less room on the shelf so go ahead and grab the entire set: fitted sheet, flat sheet and matching pillowcases and place in one pile on the shelf. But wait a minute, now for the best tip ever.
It only took me many years as a homemaker, mom, and wife, to learn and listen to my mom. It’s embarrassing to admit by true, I didn’t always think my mom had the best tips or advice. Are you the same? In this case, it took ‘losing’ the pillowcases to my favorite sheet set for me to take heed! Yup, I think they were donated in one of my cleaning binges….and nope, my closet wasn’t organized like this at the time.
Here it is, the most time-saving and useful tip (with two options) I can pass along from my mom to you.
Tip: Place the folded pillowcases within a fold of the flat sheet or place the two sheets inside one of the pillowcases. This really couldn’t be simpler, yet it keeps them organized and save times. No more searching for the matching pillowcases when you change the linen. Just grab the two sheets and go.
Continue placing all the same size sheet sets on a shelf. I like to fill each shelf with just one size of sheets when possible, the simpler, the better.
Start with the size of sheet used most often in your home, and place these on a shelf that is eye level, then work your way up filling the shelves.
Towels tend to be stored on the lower shelves in most homes. In our home, the king sheets are changed most often so like to keep them handy. On the next shelf up, I place the queen sheets that fit the bed in our guest room and finally, the double sheets and mattress covers on the top shelf. The sofa bed in our den is a double and is not used very often so I store them on the higher shelf as I don’t need access to them as often. Store yours in a similar fashion by what size you need the easiest access to in your home.
Tip: Placing sheets in similar colors above each other on the shelves give the closet a tidier, cleaner and definitely a more organized look too. Simplify by streamlining.
There you have, easy peasy right?! Now hop to it so you can relax on a bed that looks like this one in no time flat!
What is your best tip for keeping your linen closet organized? Leave it in the comments below.Until next time, don’t get your sheets in a jumble!
Until next time, don’t get your sheets in a jumble!
Smiles from Lisagirl xo
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