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Sheets and Towels

Organizing Good Things 2004

In the ideal linen closet, everything is visible. Everyday items are easy to reach, and seasonal items, such as baskets of beach towels, are on the top and bottom shelves. Drawers give delicate antique linens an extra level of protection. It saves time to group linens according to size and the room they're used in; the stacks are spaced apart, which allows linens to breathe and allows you to find what you need easily.

Comments (24)

  • bejay136 24 Jan, 2009

    I'm with Julia001... where in the heck do people store their extra blankets and comforters?!?! These items are so bulky and my house is so small, it's my largest category of frustration when it comes to being organized!!

  • Aguda 16 Jan, 2009

    Take home with you the small bath soap you have used in your hotel stay. They always smell very good. Wrap these soaps with small cloths and tie with nice lace or cord. Use this in your drawers and linen closets. Doing this you are recycling because all the used soap in hotels go to the trash.

  • chefette86 12 Jan, 2009

    There is an article on this website that shows you how to fold a fitted sheet. Just search "How to fold a fitted sheet" (this is the name of the article). Step-by-step instructions are given, with a photo of each step. Very useful!

  • Nayda 4 Jan, 2009

    Thanks PatKauf !!!!

  • beccascott 3 Jan, 2009

    I like to put my sheet sets together with pillow cases on top. I take the very top pillow case folded in thirds lengthwise and wrap around front of sheets so the edging trim shows in front. It holds the set together and tells me what the sheet set looks like.

  • PatKauf 2 Jan, 2009

    To fold fitted sheets, a video would be easier but I'll try: Put a fist inside one corner, then put that inside the next corner; this halves the sheet. Fit the remaining corners over the fist so you now have four corners stacked. Lie this flat, fold in the sides of the sheets, making a rectangle and then fold the sheet lengthwise, one or two times, depending on sheet size. Now you have a flat length of sheeting which should be folded, depending on the size you want.

  • gaylemae 2 Jan, 2009

    I have never been able to find a basket that didn't snag my towels. I did find that Target has fabric covered wire 'baskets' that are perfect. The kids size bookcase to hold them fit inside my office closet. They give part of my charge card purchases to schools with their community support program. You can pick any local school.

  • aing 31 Dec, 2008

    Our family has 7 family members. Everyone's own sheets go in everyone's own closet: 2 sets per bed. That's just a wee bit of shelf space that each member needs in his/her own closets. The big stuff, ie, comforters and mattress pads, get rolled up and stacked in the hall closet, which I commandeered as a linen closet when we moved in 19 years ago. In spring and late summer-at least- all bedding gets to air out on the line. I've used lavender, but the boys don't like it, so the fresh air smell from the clothes line is what gets our linen closet through the winter.

  • aing 31 Dec, 2008

    Our family has 7 family members. Everyone's own sheets go in everyone's own closet: 2 sets per bed. That's just a wee bit of shelf space that each member needs in his/her own closets. The big stuff, ie, comforters and mattress pads, get rolled up and stacked in the hall closet, which I commandeered as a linen closet when we moved in 19 years ago. In spring and late summer-at least- all bedding gets to air out on the line. I've used lavender, but the boys don't like it, so the fresh air smell from the clothes line is what gets our linen closet through the winter.

  • Joseyann 29 Dec, 2008

    Dear Martha, This is a question , not a comment. Do you take out all the tags on your linen towels washclothes and sheets? Thanks, JoAnn Urbin

  • tomlisa28 29 Dec, 2008

    I fold my fitted sheets the best I can, then fold my pillowcases and put them on top. Lastly I fold my flat sheet and before the last fold I tuck the other 'bundle' that I created inside it and fold the flat sheet overtop so it at least looks nice. :)

  • SMILETU 29 Dec, 2008

    I try to keep my linen organized and my space is much smaller than yours.
    I also use dollar store clear shoe boxes/lids labeled to keep medicine etc. on shelves stacked and easy to get to.
    I believe the secret in the above situation is the SPACE AND CABINET SIZE.

  • Alabaxter 29 Dec, 2008

    Typically sheets, pillowcases, and other large linens come in plastic bags with zippers - I save mine to put my fresh linens in with lavender and they stay fresh.

    YES PLEASE MARTHA tell us how to fold so well - except of course unless it requires ironing everything first. I only have me, no staff.

  • deme423 29 Dec, 2008

    What I want to know is how does she fold her sheets to be so neat. Especially the fitted sheets. I would like to at least attempt the Martha look. That way, my closet is more organized and there is more room for more sheets and towels. Does anyone have a suggestion?

  • CertainlySusan 28 Dec, 2008

    I never use drier sheets. They stink. I never use scented candles. They stink. I use fresh herbs if anything.

    I generally line dry clothes and linens.

  • Julia001 28 Dec, 2008

    Where are all the comforters?

  • morgang 28 Dec, 2008

    The grinch here --- the lovely linen closet pictured is easy to do when you can have piles of color-coordinated linens fresh out of the store wrappers. I used to feel guilty when my stuff doesn't look all Martha, but I don't have this kind of room, and I can sort linens by size or color but not both at the same time. And I've been sniffing candles and using drier sheets all my very long life, they aren't hurting anybody. But I AM going to plant a much bigger patch of lavender this yea

  • LisainCO 28 Dec, 2008

    Thanks for the cedar chip idea! What a great idea!!

  • contribu 28 Dec, 2008

    gmapt and all,
    Please don't use drier sheets to add fragrance. These contain petroleum based products and are not healthy to breathe in. Plant based sachets are good, but make sure that the scent comes from essential oils instead of cheap fragrant candles which also contain harmful chemicals--the same with air fresheners.
    i buy cedar chips for pet cages and distribute this fragrant and anti moth material all through my closets. It is much cheaper this way.

  • jogs 28 Dec, 2008

    I really like the patchouli soap balls to add to various drawers - linens, towels, delicates etc. Also, the lavender works. My friend suggested the vacuum satchets used specifically for vacuums but I don't see why they couldn't be used in shelves or when packing away items.

  • pelican66 28 Dec, 2008

    i use lavender buds inside a panty hose and tie it inside the closet door.

  • cookiejunie 28 Dec, 2008

    Gmapt - try cheesecloth squares filled with your favorite potpourri and tied shut. Tucked here and there - very sweet. With all boys at my house, they probably would not enjoy the frangrance. If that is your case, I would opt for a small scented candle that isn't floral tucked in the back of a shelf or check out your local discount store for one of those stick-up style room fresheners.

  • calcimom 28 Dec, 2008

    I have used scented paper drawer liners (available in linen departments), bars of scented soap and even dryer sheets like Bounce. When I pack away either winter or summer blankets and curtains, I always fold the dryer sheet into the bundle.
    Calcimom

  • Gmapt 28 Dec, 2008

    how do i get rid of that "closed door" linen closed funny smell in my sheets, etc. when they have been there for several weeks/months.