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9 Ways to Organize Your Linen Closet That'll Make You Feel Like Marie Kondo

Let's be real. NO one really knows how to fold a fitted sheet, but with a few tips, you can tame the sheets and know exactly where to find them. For ALL the beautiful linen closet feels, keep on reading for a few organization tips and grab the "How to Fold a Fitted Sheet Recipe" below.

Let It Go

Before you can start organizing, sort and retire old sheets, worn-out towels *you know you don't and never will use them) and remove everything from your linen closet. You always need cleaning rags, so cut worn linens into smaller pieces to put those retired linens to work.

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Group and like items together by room; stack sheets for your master suite in one pile, your kids’ sheets in another and create a separate pile for guest room sheets. Do the same for bath towels and any other items you store in your linen closet. Limit yourself to 3 sets of sheets and towels per bedroom. Guest rooms should have 2 sets of sheets, towels, extra pillows and a blanket.

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Allocate Space

Create zones for sheets and towels by room, arranging shelves with most frequently used items in the front. It saves time and makes it easier to find what you need. Basically, make the closet space work for you and your family.

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THE Fold

I can't say enough about how important "THE fold" is when it comes to folding linens. Facing the fold in the front is the easiest way to streamline the look of your closet. All my towels are white, but try stacking your towels by color (light to dark) to keep a clean look. It's also perfectly okay to roll, stack and contain towels in bins if you're short on space.

Bag It

The best way to store sheets is inside the matching pillowcase. Fold sheets, stack them, and place them in your closet. This makes it easy to just grab the bag next time you change your linens. You can also stack and bundle them with ribbon to keep them from shifting.

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Contain It

Basically, fall in love with baskets and bins. I am a firm believer in containing everything. Use baskets, bins, and totes to store sheets, towels, tissue paper, extra laundry detergent, personal items and other linen closet items.

Reduce the Volume

Pack down extra blankets, duvets and pillows with vacuum Storage Bags.

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Label, Label, Label

Labeling the contents of baskets and bins makes it easier to find what you need, but is also the answer to maintaining all the organized neatness.

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Style It

Keep bins, baskets and storage items in sync. Coordinating colored storage items keeps things looking clean and NEAT. Use glass canisters and clear bins to store small items and designate baskets with labels for maintaining neatness. And, if you’re feeling like a designer, add some fabulous wallpaper.

Ideally, make everything visible. Everyday items should be up front, while seasonal items – such as beach towels should be stored on the top or bottom shelves. Don’t line items tightly packed on shelves and always leave some space to allow linens to breathe. 

Recipe: How to Fold a Fitted Sheet (From Martha Stewart)

1. Stand holding the sheet by the two adjacent corners of one of the shorter edges. With the sheet inside out, place one hand in each of these two corners.

2. Bring your right hand to your left, and fold the corner in your right hand over the one in your left, enveloping it. Next, reach down and pick up the corner that is hanging in front; bring it up, and fold it over the two corners in your left hand; the corner that's showing will be inside out.

3. Bring the last corner up, and fold it over the others; with its right side showing, it should envelop the other three corners.

4. Lay the folded sheet on a flat surface and straighten it into the shape shown.

5. Fold the two edges in so all the elastic is hidden.

6. Fold the sheet into a rectangle.

7. Continue folding until the rectangle is the size you want it to be.

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