A linen cupboard can be very disorganized if you don’t spend a little time to determine a shelving scheme for your linens. With just a little planning and foresight, the linen closet or cupboard can stay organized for your convenience.
Use Shelf Dividers
Shelf dividers are an easy way to add organization and space to your linen cupboard. You can place these however you wish, and create as much division as you want. This is great for people who have to store more than just linens in their cupboards. Many people use the linen closet as extra storage for the bathroom. It’s not uncommon to see towels, sheets, and bars of soap in the same place. A divider takes the headache out of trying to keep it all separated.
Try not to keep all your shelves the same size and height. You can stagger the shelves and create much more space. If you are able to do this, you end up utilizing what was otherwise wasted space. Think of adding little cubby holes to the shelves, have a few shorter shelves inside a tall one, etc. The possibilities are endless.
How You Store Your Linens
The way that you fold the items in your linen cupboard will help to use the space more efficiently. You should also take some time to go through the items in your linen cupboard and get rid of the worn or ragged items that are better used for cleaning rags than towels or sheets.
Plan Your Linen Cupboard
Many people don’t take the time to plan out the shelves that they will use for the various items in their linen cupboard. They simply shove the items in wherever they will fit. The result is a sloppy mess. Determine which of your items requires more space than others. If you have a lot of towels, for instance, take a couple of shelves that are devoted to these towels.
Plan to put the sheets and pillowcases in your linen cupboard together according to their type and size. For example, keep all of the fitted sheets in one pile and the straight sheets in another. This will help you find everything that you are looking for when you are changing the sheets in your home.
Baskets and Other Storage
A trip to your local craft supply store will yield many different designs of baskets. You can find great square baskets that are lined. These are perfect for linen cupboards. You can store smaller linens like pillow cases and wash cloths in the baskets, and save the shelf space for larger, bulkier items.
Behind Door Storage
Small plastic shoe organizers are designed to fit on the back of a closet or cabinet door. This creates more space for your shelves. You can throw miscellaneous items that are necessary for your cupboard in these neat plastic storage additions.
With just some minor adjustments to the shelving system you have in place you can have a great, convenient, and space saving design. If you do the work yourself and get creative, you can do this rather cheaply as well!