Not every home has a dedicated linen closet so that means you have to find alternative space to store towels, bedding, and kitchen linens. Borrowing space in existing closets like bedroom closets, pantries, hall closets, and the laundry room or bathroom cabinets can afford a surprising amount of storage space. Especially with Tailored Living® closet systems that customize storage and organization for any closet you have. Here are some helpful tips for maximizing linen closet storage anywhere in your home.
Storage cubbies can create ideal linen closet storage that keeps contents neat and easily accessible
Tip One: Linen closet space in wardrobe closets
Storing bedding in the room where it’s used is always a good idea and it eliminates hunting for the proper sheets, pillowcases, and blankets for the resident bed or beds. With a custom closet design of cabinets, shelves, and drawers, designate one area for bed and bath linens, separate from the clothes. A large walk-in closet could easily afford to share space with linen closet needs and even a small reach-in closet with floor-to-ceiling custom closet storage solutions will be able to accommodate some integrated linen closet space.
Borrowing some closet space to store linens is an easy solution to no household linen closet
- In a reach-in closet, the highest shelves can become linen storage, leaving the lower, easily accessible part of the closet for daily use tasks like getting dressed and wardrobe management.
- A walk-in closet with cabinetry and drawers has options; assign lower drawers to linens or showcase pretty sheets and towels in the glass-front upper cabinets.
- Incorporating a storage island could create space devoted entirely to linens storage.
Tip Two: Pantry space-sharing for kitchen and holiday linens
Custom pantry design captures all available space with floor-to-ceiling storage solutions to accommodate everything from the smallest spice jars to large serving platters and kitchen linens like towels, napkins, and tablecloths. Stored close to where they will be used, it’s logical to have kitchen linens stored in the pantry. Potholders, hot pads, kitchen towels, and aprons will be close at hand for meal prep and cooking.
Dedicate pantry space to all your kitchen linen storage needs for ease of use
- Adjustable pantry shelving systems mean no space is lost since shelf height can be customized to fit storage.
- Drawers will keep kitchen linens neatly organized and out of sight but easily accessible.
- Baskets or bins on the shelves are other options for storing and organizing kitchen linens.
Tip Three: Utilize laundry room storage space
Laundry rooms are often designed to have ample general storage capability for such things as extra pillows, blankets, beach towels, and bedding. Linens can be grouped so each person can quickly find their own sheets and towels, or have all bedding stored together and bath linens in their own space.
Linens stored in the laundry room make putting everything away quick and easy on laundry day
- Linens in the laundry room make it easy to swap out clean sheets and towels for used ones that can go directly into dirty clothes hampers.
- Store sheets in sets with flat and fitted sheets and pillowcases folded together.
- Make separate stacks of bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, or roll them to save space.
Tip Four: Think outside the closets for storing and organizing linens
When storage space is at a premium, you can create linen storage with furniture pieces like an armoire or cupboard as well as storage and organization containers to hold everything. Underbed storage can keep linens clean, ready for use at a moment’s notice, especially useful for seasonal linens that you only access occasionally. Placing sachets or scented dryer sheets inside bins and cabinets with scents of lavender, cedar, rosemary, lemon balm, and mint can repel bugs and keep fabrics fresh smelling.
Take charge and create the storage space you need to make your home work better for you
- A free-standing cabinet becomes a very serviceable linen cupboard.
- Underbed storage can keep sheets, blankets, and pillowcases in the rooms where they will be used.
- Vacuum storage bags can multiply storage capability for bulky blankets, duvets, and pillows.
Tip Five: Get rid of excess linens of every kind
Don’t have more towels and sheets than your family can ever use or enough kitchen towels for a small restaurant. Over time and with redecorating, we can end up with a glut of textiles, including faded and torn linens and colors that no longer work, yet we hang on to them. Go through all your household linens and do a purge. A good rule of thumb is to have two sets of sheets for each bed (one in use and a clean one in reserve). Bath towels may be swapped out daily or weekly at your house, so determine how many you really need to have on hand and donate all the excess to a homeless shelter or thrift store.
Tip Six: Fold everything for neatness and efficiency
Folding is going to keep all your linens wrinkle-free and ready to use, and folded items take up less space than just tossing things into a bin or on a shelf. Folding like-items and keeping them together will maximize your storage space and make it easier to find what you’re looking for, eliminating rooting around looking for a specific, but buried item. Folded stacks and storage bins allow you to use every bit of space and large folded towels can happily coexist next to smaller washcloths corralled in a basket.
Adjustable shelves and shelf dividers let you customize shelf height and keep stacks neat
- Use labeled baskets, bins, and drawers for smaller items like washcloths and napkins, and use bins on the floor for bulky pieces.
- Fold or roll towels for a très chic look and place folded edges facing out for a uniform look.
- Store sheet sets inside their pillowcases, and if fitted sheets defeat your best efforts at neatness, check out How to Fold A Fitted Sheet.
- By placing freshly laundered items at the bottom of stacks and pulling from the top, everything gets equal use and regular washing.
Keeping the family’s linens organized doesn’t have to be an impossible or frustrating task. Your local Tailored Living designer can help you find the system and space in your home that works best for you. Call 866-712-3404 to schedule a free, in-home, or virtual* consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you who will empathize and make it better. With a place for everything and everything in its place, your family will suddenly be more self-sufficient and organized. And won’t you love that!
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