Organise the Linen Cupboard

I love organising days! You all know now that I get a thrill from organising something, even if it is the cutlery draw…lol.  So much so, that I want to see your end results.  I have set up a new feature, enabling you to link up your blog post showing your beautifully organised area.

Organise the Linen Cupboard

I would like you to set 30 minutes aside and organise your linen cupboard.

Depending on the space you have, dedicate a shelf to each of the following.

  • Top shelf – seasonal linens you don’t regularly use i.e. blankets, winter sheets, etc.
  • 4th shelf – bed linens
  • 3rd shelf – bath towels
  • 2nd shelf – beach towel, tablecloths
  • Bottom shelf – Buckets and larger items that don’t fit on shelves

Perhaps you may find it easier to store tablecloths in a drawer or cabinet closer to the table. Therefore, freeing up space in your linen cupboard or possibly bath towels in the bathroom.  Organise your cupboard to suit your family.

We keep the kitty litter tray and her food and water bowls in the laundry. This way we can store all other items, like medication, brushes, litter bag, etc., in the linen cupboard too.

Video Tutorial folding sheets and towels

My camera is away getting fixed. When I get it back, I will do a video for you on how I fold my towels and bed linens (super easy and so not how Martha Stewart does it, really who has the time to or desire to fold a fitted sheet perfectly, sorry Martha love ya, but I do it super dooper quick and it still looks neat).  Stay tuned for those videos, sorry for their delay 🙂

Video: Link to video tutorial on folding sheets.

My Linen Cupboard

Sorry I couldn’t get a full length view of the cupboard as the laundry is narrow there was no room.

Top of my linen cupboard.  I have been using these Ikea boxes to store seasonal linens, eg. flannalette sheet sets.  I would prefer to change these boxes at some stage to plastic storage containers.  Next shelf down is all the bed linens, then bath towels on a shelf easy for the kids to reach along with some cat ‘things’ and toilet paper, usually tissue boxes are here too but i need to buy some.

Bottom shelf stores handy housework carry container, rags, cat food, kitty litter and pet carrier.  Shelf above keeps the kids beach towels handy along with tablecloths and turbo vacuum head.  Aah, just noticed the tablecloth is all messy, this is from the cat sitting on it, you will see below

I use old containers to store our cats litter bags, medication, brush etc.  Also in a container is a few packets of travel sized tissue packets.

Millee is a Ragdoll, she’s beautiful and very snobby 🙂  She stays indoors which I love as she keeps very clean and her fur is just so soft and lush.

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30 comments

Chelle March 10, 2011 - 7:39 AM

Yeah – I can wait to link to this post – I am following in your steps and writting about everything I do. Thanks for the inspiration.

I am not sure how to post the button – but I paste the picture and then link to the page..? Is that right?

I am loving what you are creating THANKS

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Katrina March 10, 2011 - 10:17 AM

Chelle copy the code above, then when writing up your post switch to html tab, then paste the code back, then go back to the visual tab and you will see button inserted.

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Bec March 10, 2011 - 11:27 AM

Oh my gosh, that’s one neat linen cupboard…mine looked like that 12 months ago when I moved in…hasn’t been the same since. I keep the kids linen in their built-ins in their room so our linen cupboard just has ours. I keep toilet paper in the cupboards in each bathroom.

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Regina March 10, 2011 - 1:48 PM

http://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/70193383 Wow I have linen cupboard envy. On my next trip to Ikea I am going to buy some more of these to store out of season linen in. I bought some to store the kids clothes in that they have grown out of etc and they are great.

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Kirrily March 10, 2011 - 3:04 PM

I love the Martha method for folding fitted sheets. I find it to be very quick and easy, but I’ve been doing it for 10 years now and may have modified her method a little. I particularly love to fold the fitted flannel sheets at the end of winter into a very small parcel.
I only have 2 shelves for linens in my little linen cupboard, so everything is folded as small as possible and stacked precisely. It’s one of the few areas of my house that is always well organised!!

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Kelly B March 10, 2011 - 5:59 PM

Okay Kat. You NEED to teach me to fold fitted sheets. I roll them up in a ball and scrunch them in. Look forward to meeting you at the conference…

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meg05g February 3, 2012 - 7:22 PM

oh know!! There are some great you tube clips that can teach you. It is easier with a helper and a flat surface eg bed. My very patient hubby helps me every fortnight and tries very hard not to roll his eyes or comment.

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Brandymon May 1, 2012 - 4:18 PM

I do it the Martha Stewart way… I love looking at a flat sheet ppl don’t believe me its a fitted sheet

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Becci Sundberg March 17, 2011 - 7:17 AM

Oh yay I found the comment button. Didn’t get mine done in time to get the linkup but here’s the link to my blog
http://beccisdomesticbliss.blogspot.com/2011/03/linen-cupboard.html

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Ange April 15, 2011 - 9:56 AM

I was sick last week and going a bit stir crazy at home with the little bloke at creche and terrible day time TV options. I did my linen closet. I don’t remember where I found it (probably YouTube) but I remembered seeing a video somewhere that was about this same thing. They suggested getting a ‘set of linens’ together (either doona cover & sheet set and all the pillow slips, or JUST the Doona set or JUST the sheet set) and laying out ONE pillow case. Then fold all the other bits up so they are just a bit smaller than HALF the pillow case. Then once folded, pop the IN THE PILLOW CASE, fold over and pop in the linen closet. Then your set is all ready to go! I made mine up in DOONA & SHEET sets with the european and tri-pillow cases included so I just grab one parcel out of the closet and go. SO TIDY.
I also used a pull out basket to store folded tea towels and hand towels. Much tidier looking for me.
I now also have 2 wheel out tubs in the bottom and the smaller picnic blankets and camping linens and spare doonas, etc are stored in there. I LOVE my new linen closet and all the space I now have!
Thanks for sharing this post. It saved me from daytime TV itis!
:o)

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Vikkiwensley February 3, 2012 - 9:49 AM

Why does your cat choose to sit on the tablecloth….the one thing she should NOT be sitting on! Do you wash the tablecloth before using it? Surely you don’t use it straight after the cat has been nesting on it? Oh, I can’t bear the thought of your family sitting around the table & eating their meals from a table cloth that has been sat on by the cat. Sorry to go on about it, but cats carry terrible diseases. Don’t get me wrong, I love cats, i have two, one of which is a ragdoll

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naomi moran May 1, 2012 - 3:19 PM

Cats who stay indoors their entire lives have practically NO chance of having diseases, most cat related diseases are caught from digging in dirt, treading in another cats urine / fecal matter, flees and sex.

My kitties are indoor kitties only and sleep in bed with me, sit on my lounges etc etc and sometimes climb on my benches.

Pretty sure my child is more likely to catch illness from the dirt outside or another child than my quarantened kitties

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Bek Cheb February 3, 2012 - 11:06 AM

Can I ask where you store tea towels? I have a huge pile that take up a section of my linen cupboard.

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meg05g February 3, 2012 - 7:19 PM

i have a slight obsession about linen cupbaords. Mine are as close to perfect as possible. I love opening the doors just to check. Very sad I know lol. i store my teatowels in a basket inside one of my kitchen cupboards – works better than wasting a drawer.

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netty March 14, 2012 - 10:17 AM

Love your idea of the tea towels Meg05g – I am going to steal that one!

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Lisa Robins May 1, 2012 - 3:07 PM

I also love the idea of the basket in for tea towels! I am also going to steal that one as I need my drawer for other things. I only have 4 drawers but loads of cupboards!

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Pf1977 February 3, 2012 - 7:25 PM

wish i had a linen closet to organise. My sheets and towels and blankets etc are just shoved in random empty shelves around the house. boo hoo

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multibloggingmum February 4, 2012 - 9:44 AM

wish I had a linen closet !! When one of the owners renovated this house before our days, they thought it best to remove the damn closet!! So currently we have one of the cheapie two door cupboards to store the linen in and I really loathe it!!

Love looking at yours!!

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Marita May 1, 2012 - 3:06 PM

Your linen closet is huge! Ours is so tiny and filled with stuff that we have no where else to store. I cull our towels and linens each year as Annie likes to donate towels/sheets to the cat protection society for her birthday. Anything that is starting to get worn goes in that yearly cull, but there is still so much.

One thing I found when I moved to Melbourne from the Gold Coast was I suddenly needed twice as many blankets and they had to be thicker as it gets chilly down here in winter. Also we need blankets for in the lounge room, especially in winter / spring. I’d rather everyone snuggled under a blankie when watching TV /reading than use the heater, especially on days that are cool but not cold.

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Jodlee72 May 1, 2012 - 3:26 PM

NOICE! I keep the face washers and extra pillows and quilts in ours too. I keep the tea towels in the pantry as that’s usually where I am when I want a clean one

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Emily May 1, 2012 - 3:36 PM

Haha – we fold our towels the same way. Hubby thinks I’m OCD in that I don’t let him fold the towels. He just can’t seem to nail it although he’s so sure that he has. Funny stuff really 🙂

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Julie May 1, 2012 - 5:14 PM

The easiest way to fold fitted sheets Martha Stewart method is to do it straight off the clothesline! Dry on line with half on each side, when dry, flip half over the line so it’ll unpeg easily, then you can get the corners together whilst it’s still hanging.
Now unpeg, put hands into folded corners & fold in half again, then again flip corners so all 4 corners are together.
Now you’ll have a rectangle of flat sheet with fitted frill on 2 edges, which folds beautifully, and you’ve folded it straight off the line so saves double handling and crushing between line & cupboard!

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Maxabella May 1, 2012 - 5:20 PM

Yep, that’s my linen cupboard right there… ah huh. x

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Katrina May 4, 2012 - 10:00 AM

LOL 🙂

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Patti June 1, 2012 - 10:08 AM

I love how you broke down just what was needed. I am off to declutter the linen closet. Way too much stuff

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Sharon Young September 5, 2012 - 2:57 PM

Oh for a linen cupboard this big. Next house….next house.

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ashley January 17, 2013 - 6:45 AM

Do you not keep any spare pillows? I find they take up the majority of my small linen closet 🙁 but we need them for guests and do not have a guest room. Any advice?

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Katrina January 17, 2013 - 8:40 AM

No we don’t keep them in our linen cupboards, but we do have decorative (spare) pillows on a few beds. Eg. Pillow that is being used to sleep on and a pillow with a cover that matches the quilt, which is just used for decoration. When guests visit we use these pillows. Saves a lot of room.

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Helen Eastcott May 30, 2013 - 12:56 PM

I have a linen room, which some may think a blessing, but you actually just end up hoarding stuff! A couple of times a year I do a thorough clean out, but it gradually goes back to being a mess, as I just shut the door and forget about it! This time, it’s going to stay tidy! I have the day off work today (2 sick children) so I took a “before” shot and have been at it for 90 mins so far. Will have a break and finish later and take the “after” shots!! Thanks for inspiring me, once again!

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Vicki April 27, 2017 - 12:34 PM

I have a single, double, queen and king beds in my house, help? How can i identify or mark them and keep my linen closet organised?

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