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Tips and Tricks for Linen Cupboard Organisation

Are you tired of opening your linen cupboard only to be met with a chaotic mess of towels, sheets, and pillowcases? Fear not! With a few simple tips and tricks, you can transform your linen cupboard into a well-organised oasis of calm.

 

As a professional organiser, I’ve encountered countless linen cupboards in disarray. But I’m here to share the secrets to linen cupboard organisation success with you. From maximising space to maintaining freshness, and drawing inspiration from home organising online courses, you can achieve linen cupboard perfection!

Expert Tips for Linen Cupboard Organisation

Tips and Tricks for Linen Cupboard Organisation

1. Declutter Unwanted Linens

When it comes to linen cupboard organisation tips, the first step is to declutter. Take a cue from professional cupboard organisers and purge non-essential linens. Bid farewell to those mismatched pillowcases and faded towels that no longer serve a purpose. By reducing the number of items in your cupboard, you’ll create more space for the essentials and make it easier to maintain order.

 

2. Use Cupboard Organisers

Next, invest in cupboard organisers such as bins, baskets, and fabric bags. These versatile storage solutions help categorise linens by type, size, or colour, making it a breeze to locate what you need. Utilise boxes and bins to separate bath towels, hand towels, and bed linens, while fabric bags are perfect for storing bulky items like quilts and pillows. With the right home organisation tools, you can transform your linen cupboard into a model of efficiency.

 

3. Maximise Space With Smart Storage Solutions

One of the key secrets to successful linen cupboard organisation is maximising every inch of available space. Consider lining your cupboard shelves to protect delicate fabrics and prevent discolouration over time. Opt for liner paper in a patterned or neutral design to add a touch of style to your storage space.

 

Additionally, utilise space-saving bags to compress bulky items like duvets and comforters. These ingenious bags allow you to reduce the volume of your linens, freeing up valuable space for other essentials. By embracing smart storage solutions, you can make the most of your linen cupboard’s capacity while keeping your linens in pristine condition.

4. Categorise and Conquer With Linen Cupboard Organisation

Sort and organise your linens by category to streamline your linen cupboard. Whether you opt to organise by type, size, or location, consistency is key. Separate sheet sets by room or categorise towels by size for easy access. Utilise storage bins and baskets to keep similar items together, creating a cohesive and clutter-free space.

 

5. Label Everything Like a Professional Organiser

Additionally, consider labelling your linens to streamline the home organisation process. By clearly marking bins and boxes, you’ll know exactly where to find each item, saving time and reducing frustration. Incorporate an over-the-door rack to hang tablecloths and runners, keeping them wrinkle-free and easily accessible.

 

6. Maintain Order With Regular Maintenance

Once you’ve achieved linen cupboard organisation, the key to maintaining order is regular maintenance. Make it a habit to always put away clean linens, ensuring that your cupboard remains clutter-free. Teach family members to follow suit and educate them on the importance of proper linen care.

7. Preserve Freshness

Maintaining freshness is essential for a well-organised linen cupboard. Combat musty odours and pests by incorporating simple freshness hacks. Place a box of baking soda on the cupboard floor to absorb odours, or strategically position cedar blocks to deter moths and bugs. For an added touch of luxury, tuck scented sachets or soaps among your linens to keep them smelling divine.

 

Before we wrap up, why not tune in to the Radio Podcast featuring Bonnie Black, where you’ll uncover even more expert tips for linen cupboard organisation!

Transcript

Kelly:

Well, how’s that Linen Cupboard looking? Is it all neat? Is everything in an easy to access order? Or is it just all thrown in there? You know how you say to the kids, put the towels away, and then you go to the cupboard that’s got the towels in it, and they’re all just shoved in, and you wonder why you bothered even folding them in the first place.

Bonnie Black is from Little Miss Organised.

Hello!

 

Bonnie Black:

Hi, Kelly. How are you?

Kelly:

Good. See, I find the whole towel thing. I can’t stand it when They’re not good. I will go to the trouble if I have a bit of time and a little bit of energy of actually colour-coding them as well. All the blues were the blues. For a while there, I rolled them rather than folded them, too.

Bonnie Black:

You know what? Rolling is actually really good if you’re having space issues because you can compress the air a lot more and so you can get a lot more into a space. There’s a tip if you’ve got a small cupboard. But towels are one of those things you were saying off there before about your mother, how she’s a bit of a linen nut.

Kelly:

Hey, mum.

Bonnie Black:

She meant that in a good way.

Kelly:

Yeah, well, did I? No, she’s one of those people. We exist, and I’m one of them as well. I will share the OCD with her. We will go in and find a towel and we open it up to see how big it is, feel how soft it is, and then just fold it up and put it back again.

Bonnie Black:

Yes. Well, I have to admit, I was in a particular supermarket chain store, and they had a special on towels a few years ago, and I was looking for a particular colour. Of course, everybody had been there before me, and it was just a mess. But you know what I did? I spent It took me 45 minutes and I folded every darn towel in that stack.

Kelly:

You are kidding me.

Bonnie Black:

No.

Kelly:

At a supermarket.

Bonnie Black:

To try and find the towels that I wanted. Were they there?

Kelly:

No. So, you just cleaned it up for them.

Bonnie Black:

But I did walk away feeling very satisfied.

Kelly:

You can imagine that one of the staff going to the manager, she’s playing with the towel. Just let her go. Just let her go.

Bonnie Black:

Just let her do it. It’s for free. We’re not paying her.

Kelly:

People do take A lot of people do take their linen very seriously. Their sheets, they’ll get top quality sheets. But even if you don’t, there still is that thing of wanting them to smell good and feel good, especially getting into clean sheets.

Bonnie Black:

There’s nothing like it.

Kelly:

It’s just one of life’s little pleasures.

Bonnie Black:

Absolutely. It’s just one of those luxuries that you just cannot go past. It’s amazing. You’re right. But it’s interesting to see how many people realise that They don’t actually need as much linen as we think we do.

Kelly:

Yes. How many sets of towels should we probably have?

Bonnie Black:

It’s interesting. The rule of thumb generally is one in use and one in the wash. If you’re someone who uses two towels at once, although I have to admit, I don’t really get this. I don’t understand why people need a towel for their body and a towel for their head. But to each their own, that’s fine. You might have four towels if you’re that person. I don’t really understand some people who like to wash their towels after one use. I think you’re just heading them towards the thread bear thing a lot earlier.

Kelly:

1300-222-612. If you wash your towels after one use, I want to know why. No, no, no. Call in because I want to know what that’s. Because you’re drying off a clean body.

Bonnie Black:

Yeah, exactly. It’s the same thing. If you were to have a shower every night before you got into those sheets, that actually means that you wouldn’t have to wash your sheets as often as well. If you’re going to bed dirty, well, then naturally, you need to wash your sheets a lot more frequently. we actually planned and thought about this ahead of time, we could actually save ourselves so much washing by being clean and whatever.

Kelly:

I have often wondered if nude sleepers have to watch their… Not often wondered. Every now and again, the thought comes to me.

Nude sleepers.

Bonnie Black:

This is heading down a dangerous route.

Kelly:

I can’t do myself out. Are they changing sheets more often? Because the sweat wouldn’t have that layer of pyjama or not or whatever you’re wearing or T-shirt to go through. To absorb it.

Bonnie Black:

That’s very true. I’d have to ask my sister.

Kelly:

You just dove her. Hello.

Bonnie Black:

Lucky she’s overseas.

Kelly:

I have a colleague whose wife used to buy new towels every few weeks.

Bonnie Black:

Oh, really?

Kelly:

Yeah, she’d get rid of the other ones and buy new ones.

Bonnie Black:

Did she like the feel of new towels?

Kelly:

I think she must have. There was just something she would do. I suppose if that’s your thing.

Bonnie Black:

Yeah, look, absolutely. That’s where quality comes into it. If you buy a really good thread count and you buy the nice Egyptian cotton towels, then they last so much longer and they just feel nice for ages. I mean, we’ve got two sets of towels, and our Egyptian cotton ones are the ones we use most. Whenever on a rare occasion that they haven’t made it into the wash and back into circulation in the same day, we’ve got to use the spare set, it’s like, oh, I don’t like this. This feels like cardboard. So, yeah, it’s all about the quality.

Kelly:

Brenda’s at Cleveland.

Hi, Brenda.

Brenda:

Good day. How are you going?

Kelly:

Good.

Brenda:

Look, my Kids have got no idea about this. They didn’t come up through the drought. Every time we put the towels on, it’s every day. There’s laundry after laundry of towels. It’s like, hang the suckers up.

Kelly:

Well, this is it. They’re clean or they just drop them on the floor. That’s another good one for kids.

Brenda:

On the bedroom floor more to be more accurate. I just think that,

Kelly:

Yes,

Brenda:

You don’t need to use towels every day. It’s the same you go for a swim, put your towel over the rail and then use it again the next day. It’s just the amount of water and power used to wash them. It adds up.

Kelly:

Yeah, exactly. I agree totally. Kids and towels. What is that?

Brenda:

That’s fine. Bye-bye.

Kelly:

Thanks, Brenda from Cleveland. That gets us to summer and towels for the pool or the beach.

Bonnie Black:

It’s always good to have a stack of towels that are just for pool or beach shoes. My general rule is unless you’re swimming every day, you only really need one towel per person. If you’ve got a pool at home, maybe having a couple of spares is a good idea, but generally speaking, one towel is enough.

Kelly:

Otherwise, you just use them.

Bonnie Black:

That’s exactly it. If you’ve got them there to use, and especially the kids, the kids will prefer to grab a new one out of the cupboard rather than grab the dry one-off the rail. You bet you. But I had a client a few years ago who actually had her kids into this habit of using so many towels. She had three washing machines and three dryers just to keep up with all the washing of this constant towel and things like that because they were doing swimming every couple of days. Just because there were no habits in place of actually letting things dry and things got washed after every use, she had to buy three washing machines and three dryers just to keep up.

Kelly:

How many kids did she have?

Bonnie Black:

Three.

Kelly:

One each?

Bonnie Black:

Pretty much, yeah.

Kelly:

I’m feeling for her and you’re thinking, that’s a bit of a rod for your own back.

Bonnie Black:

It is a little bit, yeah.

Kelly:

I notice no nude sleepers have called in.

Bonnie Black:

Yeah. I would be ashamed, too.

Kelly:

1300-222-612. There’s nothing wrong with sleeping nude. 1300-222-612. It’s when you go to the shops in the same state, that things get out of control. So Doona Covers. I’m a Doona Cover freak. I love Doona Covers. I have to physically stop myself buying new Doona Covers that I don’t need. How many of those really do we need?

Bonnie Black:

Well, once again, I think it’s probably a one in use and one in the wash if you’re that way inclined. I have to admit we only have one at our place, and I much prefer that because it’s just so much easier. I mean, taking a Doona Cover off and having to put it back on is just so painful anyway. Why would you want to do that more often than is needed?

Kelly:

Yeah, I did the inside out method. You must do that.

Bonnie Black:

Yeah, I do. There’s that good roll-up method that you can watch the YouTube videos for as well. Sounds all right. That’s pretty helpful. But I have to admit, one is good. That’s all you need. Then every couple of years when you want to redo your bedroom day call, get a new one.

Kelly:

But you get the catalogues.

Bonnie Black:

It’s ridiculous consumption.

Kelly:

It’s ridiculous consumption.

Bonnie Black:

It is. It’s ridiculous. We’ve been talking about the war on waste.

Kelly:

Yes, we have.

Bonnie Black:

Get rid of those junk mail catalogues because all they do is encouraging you to buy. You don’t need it.

Kelly:

That’s very, very true.

Bonnie Black:

All right.

Kelly:

Tip for storing sheets.

Bonnie Black:

Yes. Sheets are another thing that people have a bit of a bug bear about, especially those corner sheets. How do you fold them so that they get flat? It’s actually really good if you think about them mathematically in terms of their corner, so a 90-degree angle thing.

If you were to use one hand and to hold the corner of that fitted sheet over your arm, you can actually then fold your sheet in half and in half again so that all the corners are hanging over neatly over your arm, and then you can hold it out flat and it will fold flat like a fitted sheet.

That’s a little bit of a tip for people who are having issues with their fitted sheets. But the other thing that’s a bit revolutionary that some people haven’t heard about is using the pillowcase to actually keep the Doona set together.

Whether you’re a nice folder and you like to smooth it out like I do and then fold everything and pop it into that one pillowcase, or you’re a stuffer, if you’re a Santa loves a good stocking stuffer person and you can’t be bothered folding.

You just grab the pillowcase and you stuff it all in because then when it’s time to change the sheets and you need a new set, all you need to do is look for that pillowcase and everything’s in there.

Kelly:

Yeah. Carolyn from Alex Hills, you’re a nude sleeper?

Carolyn:

I certainly am.

Kelly:

All right. Now, so what does this mean for Linen? Are you having to change more often? Because The sweat is going straight to the sheets rather than onto a 90 or something?

Carolyn:

No.

Kelly:

No?

Carolyn:

No. I change my sheets about every three weeks.

Kelly:

Really?

Carolyn:

Yes.

Kelly:

It’s such a personal thing as to when power often people change their sheets.

Carolyn:

Yeah, a lot of people look down their nose at it.

Kelly:

Yeah, but they’re probably lying. There are so few people, I reckon, who actually do it once a week.

Carolyn:

But you know what? Every time I don’t wash my sheets; I always do put them on a soap with some powdered bleach.

Kelly:

So, have you got white sheets?

Carolyn:

No.

Kelly:

I was going to say that that would be a gutsy effort for new sleeping. All right. And how long have you been nude sleeping?

Carolyn:

Oh, gosh.

Kelly:

Ever? Have you always been a-

Carolyn:

All my married life. Yeah, I got married in 1975.

Kelly:

Thumbs up for your husband then, I suppose. Is he a nude sleeper, too? I’m just going to go the whole hog here. Is he a nude sleeper, too?

Carolyn:

Yeah.

Kelly:

All right. You found your soulmates, didn’t you?

Carolyn:

Yeah. Good stuff. We really like it.

Kelly:

Is it cooler in Queensland?

Carolyn:

And Bush camping, and we can sleep with the doors open and still sleep nude.

Kelly:

All right. I’m just picturing other campers just unawares, walking past.

Bonnie Black:

Well, you have private camping everywhere you wouldn’t you?

Kelly:

I love it. Carolyn, thank you.

Carolyn:

No worries.

Kelly:

There we go. Carolyn at Alex Hills. Peter at Carina is also a nude sleeper. Hi, Peter.

Peter:

Hi. How are you?

Kelly:

Good. Always been a nude sleeper?

Peter:

Yeah, for about 30 years.

Kelly:

Okay, so the whole sheet-changing episode, what happens?

Peter:

You don’t sweat. Because you don’t have that congestion of clothing on you, very rarely do you sweat.

Kelly:

You’re obviously not a menopausal woman.

Peter:

I have to look, I wasn’t anyway.

Kelly:

Okay, so for you, it’s actually a more comfortable way of sleeping, and you sweat less.

Peter:

Yeah, I change the sheets probably two, three weeks. That’s what they’re like, lady.

Kelly:

All right. Good on you, Peter. Thank you.

Peter:

No worries.

Kelly:

There we go, Peter. 30 years. There seems to be no problem with this, Kay, at Lockheed Valley. See, I thought your sheet You might have needed more changing more often. Hi, Kay.

Kay:

Hello. How are you both?

Kelly:

Good. Good. Nude sleeper?

Kay:

Oh, absolutely. Wouldn’t do it any other way. The problem is when you’ve got to go to hospital or go to a place, I don’t own pyjamas. But with the sheets, my partner and I, we love sleeping nude, and I change them every fortnight because I like that ceiling that’s getting nice, fresh sheets.

Kelly:

I do, too.

Kay:

We have white sheets as well, and I’m a menopausal woman, but that’s why God gave us air conditioner.

Kelly:

Well, this is true. Praise the Lord. And turn on the air conditioner.

Kay:

I also have a good tip for anybody whose kids use their towel.

Kelly:

Oh, yes.

Kay:

Just remind them that you wipe your bum on those towels again.

Kelly:

All right. But you’re after a shower. You’re clean. Surely, if you’ve done the job properly.

Kay:

You know what kids are like.

Kelly:

Yeah, that’s true.

Kay:

I tell you what, the best towels I’ve ever had, and I’ve still got them there about 15 years old, a dicky towel.

Kelly:

We’re not allowed to advertise on the ABC here, Kay. That’s okay.

Kay:

But they’re not dry me not. They’re perfect straight away.

Kelly:

Thanks, Kay.

Kay:

All right. Thank you.

Kelly:

Bye.

There we go, Kay. Lock your valley. A few tips and tricks in there. Gavin at West End. Hello?

Have I got Gavin? Wait a minute. I do now. Sorry, Gavin. Hi!

Gavin:

Hi. How are you?

Kelly:

Good. So, you’re a nude sleeper. What’s the tip to good nude sleeping?

Gavin:

You just have a shower straight before you go to bed.

Kelly:

Oh, that’s it. Well, then you clean.

Gavin:

Yeah. What’s the difference between that and wearing a pyjama for a week?

Kelly:

Well, nothing, except you throw your pyjamas in the wash, don’t you?

Gavin:

You wash your sheets every week or two. I mean, it doesn’t make any sense. I mean, my mother is OCD every day. Every day, your sheets had to be changed.

Kelly:

Oh, really?

Gavin:

And cows. Yeah, there you go.

Kelly:

Yeah. I don’t want to be doing that.

Gavin:

 

That’s a lot of washing. When I was a kid, I had to hang it out and get it in.

Kelly:

So, it really put you off, didn’t it?

Gavin:

Yeah. So, naked all the way. Go for it, guys.

Kelly:

All right. But blokes are hairy. Do you find that the sheep are getting a bit…

Bonnie Black:

Insulation.

Kelly:

No, that they moult. Me, moult.

Gavin:

Yes, that is very true. Most of my family have the hair shirt I happen to be a clean skin. I’m beautiful.

Kelly:

All right. You’re getting the waxing done there, Gavin?

Gavin:

No, no waxing.

Kelly:

Oh, really? All right.

Kelly:

Thanks, Jeff.

Gavin:

Thank you. Bye-bye.

Kelly:

See, that’s the other thing with nude-sleeving. If you’re hairy nude-sleeper, that can’t be good.

Bonnie Black:

Well, also, men tend to sweat a lot more. You notice that their side of the bed with the mattress protector gets yellow a lot quicker than the girls’ side. It makes me think, well, maybe you should be changing the sheets a bit more often, even if you think you don’t need to.

Kelly:

Michelle on the Gold Coast. Hasn’t this segment gone somewhere we didn’t expect today? Hello.

Michelle:

Hello.

Kelly:

You’re a nudie?

Michelle:

Yes, we’re both nudies. Both of them and I, both nudies. We like the top sheet and the bottom sheet on the bed, and we wash once a week, and no problem. I’m menopausal, and I don’t have an issue with hot flushes or anything like that.

Kelly:

Okay.

Michelle:

It’s all good.

Kelly:

You’re finding it’s working for you, but you would wash once a week. You would change the sheets once a week.

Michelle:

Absolutely, yeah.

Kelly:

Go on.

Michelle:

And towels, two ways for towels. I have a towel body and towel hair. My husband has one towel.

Kelly:

Have you got long hair? Like is the hair-

Michelle:

Long hair.

Kelly:

All right. So, it’s just to soak in the excess water.

Michelle:

Yeah, that’s it.

Kelly:

All right. Makes sense.

Michelle:

Makes sense. No, Nudy sleeping is the best.

Kelly:

Have you always been a nude sleeper?

Michelle:

No, I haven’t, but I had phases of it.

Kelly:

All right. Why did you start nude sleeping?

Michelle:

I used to, and then I was in a marriage that didn’t, and then I was in a marriage that was.

Kelly:

All right.

Michelle:

I just adapted. You’re a bit of a-

Bonnie Black:

You’re a convert.

Kelly:

A Nudy sleeping chameleon.

Michelle:

It works well.

Kelly:

It does. Michelle, thank you.

Michelle:

Thank you. Bye.

Kelly:

There we go.

Bonnie Black:

Love it. There you go. We definitely digressed off topic today. Just a little.

Kelly:

Now, a bachelor in covered. What else do we store in linen if we’re going to be organised?

Bonnie Black:

Well, for a lot of people, it makes sense to store your togs, your sunscreen, your mozzie repellent, all that thing in the linen as well. Medicines can be another one that we’ll store in the linen. Just a couple of baskets, keep these things up high out of reach of the kids.

Kelly:

Yeah.

Bonnie Black:

Because realistically, let’s think about linen and what the purpose is. Is the purpose of a towel to sit in a cupboard? No. Is the purpose of a set of sheets to sit in a cupboard? No. They’re to sit on a bed. If you’ve got all this stuff taking up all this space in your linen cupboard and creating issues space-wise for other things that could be in there, wouldn’t it be much better to downsize and actually just keep what you really needed.

Kelly:

I like that. When we were downsizing in the linen, it was amazing how many towels we could throw away. They were actually thread bear or we kept a couple because I like to put colour through my hair and play around. You need a couple of tails that you just don’t care about.

Bonnie Black:

Yeah. I mean, you’re always going to have a couple of tails that you might need for cleanups and things like that. If a kid vomits or if the washing machine overflows or those things. But yeah, it’s the basic necessities that are important for us to actually work out. What do we need? What do we not need?

Kelly:

Should we worry about a Summer Doona and a Winter Doona?

Bonnie Black:

I’m not a fan of the Summer Doona and the Winter Doona, I have to admit. I think it’s much better if we actually just have a lightweight Doona and then add an extra blanket on top if you really need it in the wintertime. Because let’s face it, we’ve got the aircon going most of the time. We’ve got heaters, we’ve got electric blankets, we’ve got pyjamas and socks and all that thing.

Kelly:

The new things are smuggling.

Bonnie Black:

The thing is actually, if you nude sleep-in winter, it apparently is warmer.

Kelly:

Oh, that sounds interesting. Well, now everyone listening, try it tonight.

Bonnie Black:

Just don’t put any photos up on social media.

Kelly:

See, my mind didn’t go there. If you want to put those photos up on social media, you feel free. Don’t let us tell you what you shouldn’t do. Just remember, they’re there forever, though. It’s been a lot of fun. Quite unexpected. Bonnie Black from Little Miss Organised. Thank you.

Bonnie Black:

Thank you.

Conclusion

Mastering linen cupboard organisation is within reach with the right tips and tricks. By decluttering, utilising smart storage solutions, and maintaining regular maintenance, you can transform your linen cupboard into a tidy and functional space.

For additional assistance with home organisation projects, don’t hesitate to explore professional organisers and home organising services. With a little effort and creativity, you can achieve linen cupboard perfection. A beautifully organised linen cupboard awaits!

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