Hope everyone is having a fabulous Thursday.
Today I would love to share my organised linen closet with you, plus some tips on how much linen you need.
We are lucky to have quite a large linen closet in our home. We also have a separate laundry cupboard so we don’t need to store all our cleaning gear in here as well.
Up the top of our linen closet we keep extra quilts and donna’s for visitors and for winter. I am on the hunt for some decent quality doona bags to keep them a little tidier and dust free.
On the next shelf down we have our bath mats and pillow cases. On this shelf we also keep all our medications in clear acrylic containers. I will go into more more detail about our medication organisation in an upcoming post.
The next shelf we have all our guest and spare towels.
In the baskets we keep our single, double and queen flat and fitted sheets and extra donna covers.
In the tubs down the bottom of our linen closet, we keep extra pillows, cushions and cushion covers. The second tub has picnic rugs and kids play mats. And the third tub has all our beach towels.
I made up some labels for my storage containers and baskets so everyone knows where our linen goes. Also, so guests can find what they need easily.
I try to keep everything we own in the most convenient location possible. Brendan and I have 2 sets of bath towels and 2 bathmats which are kept in the cupboard under the sink in our ensuite. Hazel has 4 towels, these are kept in the cupboard under the basin in our bathroom along with all our face washers. And our hand towels are kept in a drawer in our powder room basin.
Now for the tricky part, deciding how much linen you need. Linen seems to be one of those things that are held onto by most people, I can almost guarantee you all have way more linen than you need. I have put together a formula for deciding how much linen you should own to help when cutting yours down.
- 2 towels per person living in your home
- 4 towels per person if they are under 2 years old
- 2 bathmats per bathroom + an extra 1
- 2 hand towels per person + an extra 2
- 2 face washers per person + an extra 2 (4 each for kids under 2)
- 2 sets of sheets for each bed (including sofa’s and guest beds)
- 3 or 4 sets of sheets for non-toilet trained littlies
- 2 pillow cases for each pillow in your house + an extra 4
- 1 or 2 doona covers for each doona in your home (depend if you swap them out or wash and put them straight back on)
The most amount of people you ever have staying at your house + 2. For us this equals 12, I come from a large family and quite often have 10 people staying at our house. I would go with the number of people who visit regularly, even once a year (if you have 30 people for Christmas once every 5 years, I am sure you could borrow some extra towels).
This is just a guide, you may find this is not enough for your family or it may be too much. Use this as a starting guide to see where you stand. If you have heaps more, think about putting the extra linen into a box for a couple of months. If you have to pull anything out, put it back in your closet. If not, think about donating or selling your excess.
I hope this guide helps you to regain control of your linen closet.