by MICHELLE GUERRERE from MYDOMAIN.COM
This year, I've taken it upon myself to organize all the little things at my place that usually just fall to the wayside—under-the-bed storage, the bathroom vanity, my bottom dresser drawer that is always a black hole (you get the point). I've said this once and I'll say it again: Decluttering my place makes me feel as though I'm decluttering my mind and linen closet organization ideas will help you do just that. We can't control everything in our lives—trust me, the control freak in me has tried—but when you keep your home in order, everything else just kind of falls into place.
Okay, now, back to linen closets: They're where we keep some of our most intimate things (sheets, bedding, towels), but for one reason or another, a lot of us don't really maximize the space for ease or convenience. But that stops now. We tapped Monica Leed, the co-founder of Los Angeles' Simply Spaced, a lifestyle company that's "focused on transforming cluttered spaces and minds" to get some organization tips. (Fun fact: Leed actually spent a decade creating rooms for film characters, so she's a total pro when it comes to expressing your personality through design). "Our homes can be vessels of inspiration or stagnation," says Leed. "I realized that I could help people get their homes to a place that reflected where they wanted to be in their lives." Below see the linen closet organization ideas Leed uses in her clients' homes on the regular. Now let's vow to have a less cluttered 2018.
EDIT, EDIT, EDIT
"One of the biggest issues with messy linen closets is too much stuff," Leed says. "After you edit, it's much easier to maintain." Going through and getting rid of (or donating) old linens is easy for some, but it can be difficult if you have a hard time letting go (just enlist a friend if you need some moral support or read a little Marie Kondo). The rule of thumb? If it's stained, worn, torn, or mismatched, toss it. And the same goes for linens you've never used. "In every linen closet we've organized, someone has pulled out a set of sheets that they say they may use someday but never have," muses Leed.
CONTAIN WITH CONSISTENCY
"Most linen closets are simple shelves, overflowing and uncategorized with no containers or homes for anything so everything gets stuffed in, topples over, and becomes a mess," says Leed. By adding baskets, bins, and dividers, you're able to establish a home for each grouping. Leed swears by shelf dividers, and linen storage bins are her absolute favorite for separating linens by category. By sticking to matching baskets, you're able to conceal chaos and create cohesion, she says.
RELY ON LABELS
Label bins or shelves to keep family members, visitors, housekeepers (or yourself) accountable. Now there should be no reason that someone "doesn't know where something goes" (including your older children). A professional label-maker is worth the investment and can be used throughout your home.
LEARN THE ART OF FOLDING
Leed says the biggest mistake she sees when organizing linen closets is that most people do not know how to fold. "If you learn it once, it becomes a habit," she says. "Folding with consistency keeps everything in check and keeps slippery things like sheets and pillowcases from toppling over." When it comes to towels, fold them to the size of your shelves with the fold on the outside facing you (this will ensure they stay plump and unwrinkled). Also, learn how to fold a fitted sheet.
DESIGNATE A SHELVING HIERARCHY
Leed suggests keeping heavy, dark, and bulky items on lower shelves and putting bedding linens—those items with the most "slip"—on the middle shelves at eye level (so you can keep tabs on them). If you happen to have larger, deep shelves, you can add shelf risers to maximize space and keep your piles from toppling over.
CREATE A REPLACEMENT SCHEDULE
If you don't stick to some sort of routine, you'll end up with a cluttered closet again in no time (not cool). Leed says she personally replaces her towels as soon as they start to wear… just make sure not to keep the old ones. "It's not a terrible idea to set a reminder to replace things like pillows, towels, and linens every year or so, depending on use," she says. We suggest setting a Google calendar update for a year from when you finish organizing, at least until you get into the habit.