The Spring Spruce Up is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Make sure to stop by each day for some Spruce Up Inspiration! Several bloggers and I are teaming up to each work on a different room of the house. So be inspired! Best of all, there is a link up on Thursday of this week. So get movin’, spruce up your space, take pictures and write a post!
There are a few fortunate souls among us who have a separate linen closet in their home. I, unfortunately do not. My handy husband installed some wire shelving in my oh-so-tiny laundry room. Without it, there is absolutely no place in this house to store linens of any type. (Mental note for next house: a linen closet is a must with 4 children. And a big walk-in laundry room. These are deal breakers, I’ve learned. Sigh.)
Since my linens are stored in my Laundry Room, I consider them to be part of my Laundry Room Spring Spruce Up. If you have only a small amount of shelving, you have to make every inch count.
Get Your Linen Area in Tip Top Shape
- Remove everything that doesn’t belong in your linen area.
Tote bags, knitting projects, bathing suits and heating pads do not belong in your linen area. So toss out everything that doesn’t belong there and find it a home – even if that home is the trash can. Only when you get down to the actual linens can you see what you have to work with.
- Re-fold items as needed.
If your linens are strewn around the shelf, it’s hard to find the right towel or set of sheets that you need. And when linens are messy, it gives the appearance that they aren’t clean. The cleaner and neater your linens are, the more apt you are to use them. If they are folded well, it also makes your shelving seem more spacious and you can fit more linens on your shelves. I have several how-to-fold posts covering: bath towels, hand towels, and beach towels. And at the end of this week, I’ll have a video tutorial on how to fold a fitted sheet. Nicely folded linens are worth it, even if the only reason is aesthetics.
- When shelving towels or sheets, stack the largest on the bottom.
If you stack with the small ones on the bottom, you know they are going to topple over. And then you’ve got a messy shelf all over again. So when folding, go ahead and fold the big ones first. Then fold the small ones and place on top. The whole stack will now slide easily on the shelf.
- Store like items together.
If you need a washcloth, it only makes sense to look near the towels on your shelf. One naturally goes with the other. Store all bath towels, hand towels and washcloths together, as well as all sheet sets. Simple organizing keeps you from wasting time searching for items that should be readily available.
- Store your most used items at eye level within easy reach.
If you must store table linens, extra mattress pads or your rarely needed formal tablecloth in your linen area, make sure those infrequently used items are stored in the most inaccessible areas. It only makes sense to store the towels, washcloths and sheets within an easy arm’s reach since those are most used. Since you know you can easily reach those items, it makes you more apt to put them away in the first place.
Do you struggle with your linen area? What are your biggest obstacles?
Still Sprucing Up? Need a little more inspiration? Visit the other bloggers that are Sprucing Up this week! Remember that there will be a linky for you to link up your Spring Spruce Up post tomorrow!
Sprucing Up the School Room | Homegrown Mom
Sprucing Up the Craft Room | Many Little Blessings
Sprucing Up the Bathroom | Feels Like Home
Sprucing Up the Playroom | …Life’s About a Dream
Sprucing Up the Garage/Storage Space | A Slob Comes Clean
Sprucing Up the Master Bedroom | Raising Arrows
Sprucing Up Your Homeschool | Jimmie’s Collage
Sprucing Up the Kitchen | So Happy Together
Sprucing Up the Garden | An Oregon Cottage
Sprucing Up the Backyard | Successful Homeschooling