Thursday, May 26, 2011

Linens, Organized

We're really into the swing of things with organizing lately.
I think I had forgotten how satisfying it can be
to complete a task.

The hallway linen closet was sorted,
but still didn't feel right.
I knew it could be tweaked for a more streamlined effect.

Here's how it's looked for quite some time.
The baskets are useful and keep everything contained.
A little purging was in order.
One set of sheets and one extra pillow,
along with an old comforter set from the master bedroom
and a blanket no longer needed
were set aside for a trip to the animal shelter.
They always need linens.

Everything folded similarly makes it look more uniform,
but it still didn't make me feel all Martha
when I opened the door for something.
I decided to try to roll the towels instead of folding them.
After all, isn't that what spas do to make you feel
like you are being pampered?

Place the towel on a flat surface,
as smooth as you can get it.

Fold it into thirds,
one flap on top of the other.

Both outer parts come to rest in the middle,
so there are three layers.

Fold down at one end to get it started.

Then, rock-n-roll!

Yeah, I'm gettin' that spa feeling already!

The yellow towel was longer than the white ones,
so I just laid it on its side.
This also separates the towels from the washcloths
and hand towels, so the lil' guy can help himself
without confusion.

I also keep his sheets bundled
so that he can retreive what he needs
to change his sheets weekly.
I fold both the top and bottom sheets into block shapes.

These get tucked into the matching pillowcase.
We keep only two sets of sheets per bed,
as they are washed on a weekly basis.

There ya go! 
A nice, neat package
and only one thing to look for in the closet.
It's all about independence, baby!

His sheets and beach towel are kept on the same shelf.
One stop shopping!

A sprig of fresh rosemary from the garden
or a bit of essential oil on a cotton ball
adds a lovely fragrance each time the door is opened.

These plastic laundry bags provided during a rare hotel stay
are handy to keep around.
We usually pack these when we travel
to keep our dirty or wet clothes separate from the rest.

Rags made from old towels, washcloths and t-shirts,
are stationed on the bottom-most rack for easy access.
Around here, you make the mess, you clean it up!

An extra pillow and mattress cover fill the top-most basket,
as they are rarely needed. 
There is room to spare as we keep only what we use regularly.

I save the plastic bags that bed linens come in,
as new uses can always be found for them.
They work great for kids' larger toys
like wooden blocks,  a lil' girl's kitchen accessories,
or messy things like sand toys. 
The kids can find just what they need in these
handy see-through storage containers.




Ahhh, I feel so much better.