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I have been working through Decluttering Made Easy which is a 52 week e-course on decluttering. This week, the focus is on the dining room or dining area. While we don’t have a separate dining room in our home, we do have a dining area that I struggle to keep clean and decluttered. One of the areas that I struggle with the a lot is our linen “closet” which is actually a narrow wooden bookshelf in our pantry. Since we use cloth napkins and cloth towels instead of disposables, I have quite a few different linens that I try to keep organized.
Organizing A Linen Closet
- Everything out. Remove everything from the linen closet and put things that don’t belong there where they go.
- Trash. Throw away or put in the rag bag anything that is stained or torn or you will never use.
- Divide. Separate things into types. Maybe you’ll want all the linen napkins together and all the towels together. Or maybe you will want all the Christmas linens in one spot and all the Easter linens in another. Find a system that works and stick to it.
- Label it. If you are lucky, sometimes the kids or the husband will put the linens away. Label your shelves, bins, baskets or containers so people know what goes where.
- Space. Experiment with different folding or storage techniques based on the amount of room you have. You can fold or roll towels. You can stack linen napkins or store in their napkin rings already rolled.
Ideally, your linen closet should be located near your dining room or dining area. We have an actual linen closest upstairs near the bedrooms but that isn’t practical to store the linens we use for dining. If it isn’t convenient, you won’t use it. Find somewhere near your dining area to store the napkins, placemats, tablecloths, etc. Store things you’ll use every day in the most convenient location. You can store holiday linens or grandma’s vintage linens out of the way if you need to.
My existing linens for the kitchen were stored in a cabinet above the stove that I could barely find anything in unless I stood on a chair. Everything was a jumbled mess and I was constantly having towels tumble down on top of the stove when I was looking for something. I moved everything from there into a book case in the pantry that I had decluttered. Now everything is grouped together and easy to find when I need it.
Organizing a linen closet is just one thing I was inspired to do from this week’s lesson in Decluttering Made Easy. There’s tons of information in here that will help you turn your dining room into an area you can actually eat dinner in. If you’re anything like me, your dining area is probably too cluttered to allow you to enjoy it most nights. If you haven’t already signed up, I highly recommend you do. I am loving how easy the lessons are. Receiving them once a week in my email box lets me work on them at my own pace.
If you are working on decluttering and organizing your home, I highly recommend the e-course, Decluttering Made Easy.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.