Whether you have a full size closet for your linens or if they are on a shelf in your laundry space or even a cabinet in your bathroom, this is prime real estate as you have many items you have to keep here.
From sheets and towels to toilet tissue, cleaning supplies and more, these spaces are home to many items you need — some of them every single day. The idea is to keep this space clean and organized so that you can find what you need when you need it. That can be a virtually impossible task if the space is not kept tidy and organized.
Since some people have a linen closet and laundry room (space) combined and other have separate spaces, I wanted to make sure our checklist would work for all of you. Print out the checklist by clicking the image below. You will also find all steps outlined at the bottom of this post, in detail, to help you understand more about what each step entails.
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1. Remove all items that do not belong in the space. You may see shoes, blankets or even toys lying in the laundry room. Your linen closet may be housing electrical cords or items that should be in another location in your home. Take a moment to move these to their proper place (make sure you put them away so you don’t create more clutter in a new space).
2. Remove all items from closets, shelves and/or cupboards. While the space is empty wipe it down completely.
3. Go through all items removed before returning them back to their place. Here is a guide you may want to follow:
TOWELS and WASHCLOTHS
– Keep no more than 2 – 3 bath towels, 2 hand towels and 4 washcloths per person living in your home.
– Fold large towels in half and then half again and finally into thirds to ensure they fit onto the shelf properly.
– Check for holes, threads and discard.
– If new towels are needed, make a note so you can order at the next big sale.
– Keep no more than two sets of sheets per bed (if more than one is the same size, you can keep just 2 sets total).
– Fold the flat and fitted sheets and one pillow case and place inside of one pillow case. This keeps it all together.
– Toss anything that you no longer use.
– Discard anything that is leaking or torn packaging.
– If the item is more than one year old, dispose of properly.
– Make a list of anything you need to purchase.
4. Put items back into the cabinet or closet neatly. Place like items together and keep those you do not use as frequently higher up on the shelves. You may also need to add bins or baskets to help hold smaller items, so that they do not roll around on the shelf and/or fall onto the floor
IDEAS FOR TOP SHELVES:
– Paper Towels
– Additional household supplies (cleaning, soaps, etc).
IDEAS FOR CENTER SHELVES (eye level for ease in accessing)
– Bath Towels
– Hand Towels
– Basket with smaller items (brushes, sponges, etc).
IDEAS FOR BOTTOM SHELVES OR FLOOR:
– Toilet Paper
– Trash Bags
4. Wipe down appliances. Use a hot soapy bowl of water and clean down the top and sides of your washer and dryer. If the soap dispenser is removable, take it out and rinse it well. Use a vacuum to clean out the lint trap on the dryer. Clean the plastic sealing gasket on both (remove any build up of mildew and/or lint).