with labeled shelves
Decide where things will go in your linen closet and then label the shelves. I have spots for (from top to bottom) large towels, wash cloths in a basket and hand towels, folded pillow cases in basket and fitted sheets, flat sheets, and a large bin of table linens. Some people organize bed linens by storing the sheet sets in the matching pillow cases. We don’t have enough matching anything to do this. I’d love to have my sheet shelves all prim and tidy, but this is what they usually look like. I keep master bedroom sheets and pillow cases in a dresser drawer so they don’t get lost in with the twin bedding.
|Wash cloth basket with labeled shelf|
Don’t fold wash cloths or cleaning rags. Put them in baskets. They are going to come unfolded and fall out of their stacks any way, so why waste your time? The basket keeps them in their place, and makes them easy to grab. What’s left to fold? Dish towels and hand towels are easy for little kids to do, but I like to do the larger linens myself. It’s actually relaxing. It’s nice to have a job that doesn’t take much brain power once in a while.
|I keep a basket of several bath towels just outside the master bathroom,
and there are wash cloths and hand towels in the drawer right above it
|Hot pads go in a bowl on top of the microwave.|
|A decorative dish towel hangs near the kitchen sink for wiping clean hands.
I store these separately so they don’t get used for messy clean up.
You might like to read one of my favorite inspirational essays, My Glorious Dish Towel.
|Regular dish towels go in drawer next to kitchen sink.
Sometimes our old ragged hand towels
get recycled in to dish towel use.
|A basket of white cleaning rags is tucked under a counter near the kitchen.
We use these for a lot of things, especially cruddy stuff
like wiping up the floor and cleaning the bathroom.
We buy these in bulk at Sam’s Club.
Have plenty of spots to put dirty linens.
|A linen hamper is in the laundry room.|
|The yellow bucket, just outside the master bathroom, is for dirty linens.
The blue hamper (a wastebasket) is for clothes.
They fit nicely under the counter. A regular hamper is too tall.
|There is a bucket for wet linens near kitchen sink
and another one by the laundry room door.
Wash linens every day. They can really get stinky if you don’t! Because we have a large family, I usually do a load of wet cleaning rags and a load of bath linens each day. I wash bed linens as needed, which used to be every day when we had frequent bed wetters. I buy huge containers of detergent to save money, but I don’t like to lift them every time I do wash, so I save a smaller container and refill it part way. If the load is cruddy, I also add OdoBan to eliminate germs and odors. I only use bleach when something is badly stained.
Use bath towels several times before laundering. If you are clean from the shower, the towels should last a while. They are really bulky and take a lot of room in the washer and dryer, so cutting down on washing these can save a lot of water and electricity. Large, thick towels take even more, so go for smaller, thinner ones if you can, and use a bath robe if you need something around you. If you need to dry off a more sensitive area of the body or want something for your face, use a clean wash cloth or hand towel and then put it in the wash. Encourage your family members to hang their own towels in their closets so you don’t have them piled up in the bathroom. I have a hook, but my kids hang them on a hanger or over their closet rod. Another way to cut down on electricity is to hang large towels outside on a clothes line and then bring them in while still slightly damp to fluff and soften them in the dryer.
You really want to read more about doing laundry?
- Mt. Washmore (Laundry for a Large Family)
- Doing the Wash: Grandmother’s “Receet”
- And You Wonder What I Do All Day?
- My Glorious Dish Towel