The first thing to do in any area that you’re going to work on is to empty it completely. Yes, completely. Everything out. This is important as this allows you to see everything that was initially in there and determine what should and should not go back there.
Once everything has been emptied out of the closet, sort everything into categories. For example: all the towels in one place, all the sheets in another, etc.
Now it’s time to purge. This means that anything either ripped or stained or no longer in use needs to be thrown away. If you still have twin sheets but no longer have a twin bed, it’s time for those linens to become rags or be donated. By the way, a great place to donate used linens is pet shelters.
The fun part is putting everything back in an organized way so that you can see what’s there and get to it easily. Before you start putting things back, take a minute to think about how you want this space to look when you’re done. There are two ways that I recommend organizing linens:
- One is to tie a ribbon around a set of sheets so that they’re all in one neat package.
- The other way is to put a set of sheets into one pillow case so the entire set is in one easily accessible bundle.
I suggest keeping two sets of linens for each bedroom so that there’s always another clean set. You can also change linens without having to do laundry right away.
As for the towels, there are several ways you can organize them.
- If there are several people in the house, I recommend assigning each member of the family a certain color so that everyone knows which towels are theirs. If this sounds right for your family, assemble sets so that each one includes two towels, one hand towel and a washcloth.
- Another way is to just put all the bath towels together, all the hand towels together, and all the washcloths together.
Put the items you don’t use frequently on the highest shelves, like your extra blankets and pillows.
Then begin putting the rest away by grouping similar items together; sheets on one shelf and towels on another.
You may want to invest in shelf dividers. Having the ability to divide blankets from duvets and comforters is a nice touch and will help make everything easier to find as well as just make everything look a lot neater.
Finally, don’t forget to label the shelves so that anyone can find what they’re looking for and put them back where they belong.
Call us at (310) 560-5060 to schedule a ½ hour consultation.