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Simple Organizing Ideas—That Last—for Your Linens

Simple Organizing Ideas—That Last—for Your Linens
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Photo by Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved

Photo by Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved

Find Ways to Streamline Shelf Storage

Many of us live with closets that provide very limited shelving. To make the most of that real estate, our resident stylists suggest taking visual inventory of everything you have, need, and don’t need. Group items by use, and throw out any ratty pieces. Here’s how they recommend diving in:

Edit for shelf life. “Toss pieces that are damaged beyond repair, discolored, or stained; if you’re uncertain when you’ll use a set of worn linens next, cycle it off your shelves. Then make sure what is stored is always fresh, clean, and folded nicely.”—Anthony Santelli, head stylist

Stack strategically. “I use organizing bins and containers that can be grouped and stacked, and I arrange everything vertically on my shelf. Less-used sheets, extra blankets, and larger soft items for guests are stacked on top shelves; everyday linens and towels go in fabric baskets on middle ones; then weightier glass and silver canisters for soaps and bath accessories go on the bottom.”—Michelle Wong, stylist

Designate and divide. “I love the idea of mounting shelf brackets upside down on shelves to create dividers for stacks of towels, sheets, etc. It’s an easy way to create order and keep stacks from toppling over.”—Anthony Santelli

Bonus scent tip: “Scented sachets are great! And if you can hide a small box of baking soda in the back of one of the shelves, it can help absorb odors and moisture that might accumulate in the linens, especially if you keep your linens in the bathroom.”—Erika Engstrom, stylist

Photo by Manuel Rodriguez. Design by Megan Pflug

Photo by Manuel Rodriguez. Design by Megan Pflug

Get Creative with Storage Areas

There’s no need to store blankets and towels all in one place, especially if you live in small quarters as our stylists do. Get creative with stylish storage tricks that use every drawer and nook (and even hallway closet). Here’s how they suggest spreading out your linen storage:

Consider what to show and what to stow. “Since I live in a 300-square-foot studio apartment, I organize my everyday towels rolled in a basket that’s tucked under the sink in the bathroom. But I also have more sheets, blankets, and throws than I need, and I store these pieces folded in drawers in a chest.”—Anthony Santelli

Think bed versus bath. “I’m guilty of hoarding tons and tons of blankets and throws of different weights; I have sheets and duvet sets in different fabrics to go with the seasons, and I store those in my bedroom closet. Separately, I store my towels on a shelf in my bathroom, neatly folded and stacked by type of towel—I like to have all three basic sizes of towels for myself and for guests.”—Erika Engstrom

Take to the hallway. “I’d love a bath with sleek modern built-ins, but until then I have my hallway closet to keep my linens tucked away: towels on one shelf, bedding on another, all in tight folded stacks.”—Michelle Wong

Photo by Tony Vu

Photo by Tony Vu

Make for Diminished Visual Clutter

According to our stylists, half of the battle to more-organized linen storage is minimizing the visual frenzy that stacks of towels, pillows, and blankets can easily become. That means going the extra mile to fold, roll, and neatly flatten your linens before putting them away. Here’s how they suggest stashing, rather than stuffing, your linens:

Store bedding in bedding. “I fold my sheets and tuck them inside one of the pillowcases for the set. Keeping everything together looks neater and is easier to store. Not to mention, the pillowcases act like a nice little pouch that has everything you need when you’re changing the sheets for your bed.”—Michelle Wong

Fold it, align it. “Learn how to properly fold a fitted sheet—it’s well worth the time! Also, fold and stack everything so that patterns are clearly visible and aligned when you look at them straight on; it does wonders to keep everything looking clean, neat, and effortlessly organized. This also saves you a mess when pulling from the stack.”—Erika Engstrom

Hang right. “If you have solid doors, you can use the inside of closet or armoire doors by adding smaller hooks to hang miscellaneous items rather than folding them. This is a good solve for soft accessories that fold bulky, like robes and bath blankets.”—Michelle Wong

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