I am so excited to dive into our first organizing project of the New Year today. 2016 is going to be great! And even better, you are going to have a home that’s organized from top to bottom. We are starting with organizing the linen closet for our week 1 organizing project because it is a small and manageable space that will provide immediate motivation and encouragement to continue on our journey to a clutter free home.
If you haven’t checked out my posts on planning for organizing your entire home or a run down on the basics of my organizing method, I would encourage you to hop on over to those posts to ready yourself for what’s to come. Now, lets get organized!
Take a picture of your space before you start (and when you finish!). Viewing the fruits of your labor is SO encouraging, and will serve as a reminder in the future when it is tempting to let your space get messy again!
1.Remove everything from the linen closet. I mean every last sheet, towel, bin, and basket.
2. Quickly SORT each item into one of three categories: KEEP, DONATE, or TRASH. You can use sticky notes to designate categories if you would like. As you place items into one of the three categories, inspect towels, washcloths and sheets for holes, stains, rips and tears. DONATE those that are worn and make a plan to replace them if necessary. TRASH those with rips, stains, or tears OR transition them to be reused as rags in your home.
- KEEP: items that you intend to use and are in good condition
- TRASH (use a trash bag or LARGE trash can!)
- DONATE: Give away sheet sets for bed sizes you do not have. If you don’t use it, lose it!
BONUS TIP: If you find items that you wish to keep, but do not belong in the linen closet, set them aside in a separate category to deal with at a later time.
3. Further SORT your “KEEP” pile into the following categories:
- Wash cloths
- Hand Towels
- Paper Products
- Sheets: Check each sheet set to make sure its complete with a fitted, flat, and two pillow cases
4. CLEAN: At this time, wipe down all shelves and vacuum/mop/sweep the floor. It is so much easier to deep clean an empty space than one cluttered with stuff.
- Designate one shelf (or one spot) for each item.
- If you find it hard to keep towels and sheets straight you can purchase baskets that fit on each shelf, and are appropriately sized for each item. Make sure to measure each shelf prior to purchasing the baskets.
- Sheets: Use one pillow case from your sheet set and place the rest of the sheet set inside each case OR cut up an old sheet into ribbons and place a tag on the ribbons designating the size of sheet set, then wrap the labeled ribbon around the designated sheet set.
- Towels: Roll up towels decoratively or fold neatly and stack.
- Paper Products: Remove toilet paper plastic when you purchase the items. Then place neatly on the shelf or in a labeled basket.
- Toiletries: Designate a bin for toiletries. Discard old and expired toiletries if you have not already done so.
6. MAINTAIN & ENJOY
- Keep sheets in their designated pillow cases.
- Replace old and dirty towels as necessary. Be sure to get rid of the old towels or transition them to a rags bin.
- Remember the get one, give one policy. If you buy a new towel or sheet set, give away an old one.
- Take time to stack towels neatly when putting them away after they are cleaned.
- Label the bins and baskets so that everyone in the family knows where items go.
How do you feel about implementing the organizing process? What was the hardest part of organizing the linen closet? What was the BEST part of organizing your space? We head to the home office next week so get ready to tame the paper! And, if you like what you see, please share it with your friends.