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Quick tips to re-organise untidy linen & clothes cupboards

Single Mum time-savers tips!

Alisha Webb | 22 June 2013

Re-organise your cupboards - stock photo

How to make more space

for your linens, towels and clothes...

This is what a well organised linen closet looks like...
...but if you're anything like me, your linen closet probably looks like this.

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The problem is that I've got a lot of stuff knocking around my house, and not a lot of storage space for it. I especially seem to accumulate towels and sheets, and the hoarder in me means I hang on to clothes for way too long as well. Rather than throw anything away, I decided to get organised and actually fold things rather than stuff them in drawers and cupboards. After a bit of organisation I was surprised at how much room I actually had. Here are some tips you might find helpful if you want to make more space in your linen closet.

  1. Separate and organise

    Click on the photo to enlarge

    First things first, organise your fabrics and linens so you know what's what. Pull everything out of the closet, and then get rid of anything tatty, or that you can do without. Then, once you know what you're keeping, sort it into different rooms; a shelf for the bedroom, a shelf for the bathroom etc. This means everything will be much easier to find at a glance, and once you've organised it this way once, you never have to think about it again.

  2. Not everything has to go in the linen closet

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    If you have limited space in your main linen closet, not everything has to be stored in there. A great way to save space if you've got room in your kitchen is relocate your tablecloths and tea towels to the kitchen cupboards. Not only will this save space in your linen closet, it will all your kitchen bits and pieces will be closer to hand when you need them.

  3. Folding fitted sheets

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    Fitted sheets are a nightmare to fold, and I never used to know how to get to grips with the elastic. Because I couldn't fold fitted sheets, they ended up just getting thrown in the cupboard in a big heap. I've since discovered that it's actually not that hard to fold a fitted sheet into a tiny package. This youtube video shows you exactly how to do it like a pro. Another tip is to keep matching bedspreads in their pillow cases, so that they're always together.

  4. Roll towels

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    Simple but effective, rolling towels saves space and makes them far easier to organise by colour or pattern. They're easier to find than when they're folded flat, and you can pull them out of the closet without bringing everything tumbling out with them.

  5. Organising your clothes drawers

    Go to the t-shirt folding youtube

    Now you've got the linen closet organised, you can turn your attention to your drawers. My best tip is to fold your clothes and then store them vertically rather than horizontally. This youtube video shows you the best way to fold and store t-shirts so you can easily arrange them by colour and see at a glance exactly where each of your t-shirts are.

  6. Speed Folding

    Go to the speed folding youtube

    Sorting and folding linens and clothes can be a boring task, so anything that speeds up the whole process can't be bad. Check out this youtube video as a starting point to have you folding t-shirts in seconds. There are plenty of other videos on youtube that will have you folding all your clothes and linens like a ninja.

It's well worth the initial effort so you can be safe in the knowledge that once everything is organised really well once, it will be easy to keep that way. If you get around to sorting out your linen closet/pile, just follow these tips and you'll be organised in no time.

By Alisha Webb. Alisha is a British writer for Volga Linen - a specialist in luxurious natural linen.

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