It is so much easier to organize your home if you give yourself manageable tasks. Suburbs 101 contributor, Maura Fitzgerald is making organizing less overwhelming with her monthly column: How to Tackle Your Whole House Throughout The Year Without Becoming Overwhelmed. This month, Maura shows us how to organize your linen closet.
It’s summer and therefore time to organize your guest spaces such as the linen closet…because they are coming!
Dispose and Donate
This is always the hardest step no matter the space or project. The best way to begin is to pull very single item out of your linen closet. Go in remembering that each bed needs 2 sets of sheets MAX. Guest rooms really only need one set per bed. Old sets should be donated when in good condition. People also tend to keep cleaning supplies and a backstock of toiletries in their linen closets. This a great time to dispose of expired cleaning supplies and toiletries. That way when guests arrive this summer the items they may need are fresh and easily located.
The most functional (and pretty!) way to organize a linen closet is to organize sheets by bed size. Fold each set neatly into one of the sets matching pillow cases. The end result is that it looks like a single pillow but is really the full set of sheets inside. One single “pillow” is a lot neater looking then a bunch of stacked sheets. There are a ton of videos on You Tube to show you exactly how to do this. While each set can also be stored in a basket or bin, this method looks beautiful, makes each set easy to grab and doesn’t require any investment.
I recommend labeling the shelf by size “King, Queen, Twin,” or by room “Master, Charlie, Jane” so each set has a permanent home to rotate in and out of. Towels and guest towels should also have a permanent home and labeled shelf. Lastly, make tissue paper, first aid items, cleaning supplies and toiletries easily accessible by categorizing into bins and labeling.
Bins & Labels
Any baskets or bins that are pretty and match your space will work. For toiletries, I like white metal bins as they are easy to clean if something leaks. These are items that do not need to be visible – in fact they look a lot better hidden away and labeled.
For linens, hand towels and washcloths, I’m partial to the Montauk Baskets or any other white basket from The Container Store with a Bin Clip and label attached. Pottery Barn also has several canvas bin options that are great looking.
While We’re not the topic of Guests….The Guest Room
It’s also a great time to purge your guest room of YOUR clothing. Chances are you don’t need what’s in there if it’s overflowed that far. Wink, wink.
About Maura Fitzgerald
Maura Fitzgerald was born in NYC and raised in Bronxville, NY. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and worked in Print and Digital Advertising Sales for 20 years at Forbes and Time Inc. Now Maura is the founder of Fitz Just Right (FJR), a Luxury Organizational Design Company servicing Westchester County September through June and Annapolis, MD in summer months. She recently launched a new label business, Labelize It. Offering Luxury, Custom Cut Vinyl Labels that keep your home and business organized – one label at a time! Maura and her husband love working for the weekends where they have non-stop action and fun with their 3 children….and everything isn’t always organized. She lives in Bronxville, NY with her husband and three children. Website: www.fitzjustright.com Instagram: @labelizeit and @fitzjustright
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