Hi, Susan here from Organized 31. Anyone else feeling the urge to spring clean and organize? I sure am. With the warm sunny weather, I’ve been busy cleaning curtains, cleaning windows, cleaning the kitchen and washing bed linens. On a recent rainy day, I decided it was time to do a quick straightening of the linen closet and these 4 easy tips for organizing bed sheets made the task simple to complete.
As a military family, I’ve organized more than 20 homes and that means more than 20 linen closets. I have to create flexible organizing systems that will work in any size or shape linen closet (and will even work when we don’t have a linen closet). These simple tips have worked for me and are flexible enough to work whatever your linen closet situation is.
Mark Sheets with Sizes
I have three sizes of beds and bed sheets in our home. You’d think it would be easy to keep them all straight, but inexplicably, it’s a lot harder than it should be. I prefer white and cream colored sheets and have the same colors in all three sizes of sheets, so that adds to the complication. After years of having to refold sheets because someone pulled the wrong size sheets out or the sheets were put away in the wrong area, I finally found the answer. I mark the size on the corners of the sheets with a Sharpie. Now it’s simple to identify sheets when they’re put away and when they’re taken out to be put on the bed. This simple tip is saving me many minutes of needlessly refolding sheets.
Keep Sheet Sets in the Pillow Case
Simply slip the folded top and fitted sheets into the pillow case and the entire set will stay neatly together in the linen closet. No more lost items from a sheet set. No more unintentionally mismatched sheet sets. Every piece of the set stays neatly together in the pillow case.
File Sheets Vertically
I used to stack my sheets on top of each other. Since I rotate my sheets sets (you know First In, First Out), I’d have to pick the pile up and put the clean sheets on the bottom of the pile week after week. The piles always seemed to fall over, no matter how neatly I stacked them. It seems like a small thing, but I’m a busy mom of three and every second I can save is a second I can put to good use elsewhere. Several years ago, I discovered that filing my sheets rather than stacking them made life so much more organized and much easier. Now I simply slip clean sheets in and pull out the next set just like you do with file folders.
Keep Different Sized Sheet Sets on Separate Shelves
In addition to marking the sizes of the sheets on the sheet sets, I keep the different sized sets on separate shelves. It’s easy for each family member to know where to find their sheets without tumbling through my nicely organized sheets. It’s simple for my children to find the sheets they need and slip them off the shelf, no mess, no fuss.
I can’t tell you how much of a difference these simple tips have made in keeping our bed sheets neatly organized. These tips also make it easy for my family to be independent in making their own beds each week and in putting clean sheets away as part of their weekly chores. What tips do you use to keep your linen closet neatly organized?
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