Better Homes and Gardens' "Makeovers: Room-by-Room Solutions."

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Organizing the linen closet and room-by-room makeovers

  • December 28, 2013 - 2:00 PM

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Organizing the linen closet

Is your linen closet filled with perfectly folded sheets and fluffy towels, or has it become the proverbial black hole filled with mismatched sheet sets and frayed towels?

The linen closet seems like it would be an easy space to organize, but because it is so frequently used, it can be challenging. The first step is to empty it. It’s far easier to inventory the contents when everything is visible.

Begin by sorting through the sheets to make sure they correspond with the beds you currently own. After you have determined that you have the proper sizes, set aside two sets of sheets for each bed.

Then sort through the towels. Put together full sets and repurpose any miscellaneous or frayed towels as rags. If you have a lot of towels you no longer need, consider donating them to a local animal shelter.

Now that your empty linen closet is staring you in the face, take a close look at how much space you actually have and decide how many items will really fit inside. Out-of-season blankets and extra pillows can go in blanket storage bags that can be placed under the bed or in a separate closet.

Extra sheets can be stored in the rooms where they are used. This makes changing linens a breeze. Likewise, if you find yourself with more towels than space, think about whether some towels can be neatly stored in the bathroom vanity or on a hanging towel rack.

Beach towels can be moved out of the linen closet and placed in a basement storage closet.

Once you have decided what is going to be kept in the linen closet, let the folding begin!

Sheets should be folded in sets. A nifty way to keep everything together is by enclosing your folded pillowcases inside your folded fitted sheet and then enclosing both with a folded flat sheet. This ensures that everything needed to replace the sheets on a bed is together and easy to transport. Place a label on the end of the shelf to indicate the size of the sheets or the room they belong in.

Fold your towels to fit the depth of your shelves and arrange them by size: bath sheets, bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. If you use certain towels in particular bathrooms, arrange them by their location and again, place a label on the shelf.


Room makeover ideas

Whether your room needs just a quick freshening or a total overhaul, you can find inspiration in Better Homes and Gardens’ “Makeovers: Room-by-Room Solutions.”

The book is stuffed with decorating ideas to steal. There are before-and-after photos of room makeovers, clever storage tips, paint color suggestions and much more to get your creative juices flowing. You’ll even find guidance on grouping artwork, making up an attractive bed and arranging items on a coffee table. Some of the ideas use reclaimed or inexpensive elements, so you can add style without breaking your budget.

“Makeovers” is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and sells for $21.99 in softcover.


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