Ever notice how good you feel after de-cluttering a space and re-organizing it? It can be totally therapeutic, right? Linen closets are especially prone to disorganization - between sloppily folded fitted sheets and mismatched sets, your linen closet can quickly become a disaster zone. (Confession: mine is stuffed with mattress pads rolled into balls, baby sheets I won't part with, and every pillow cases I've ever owned. Which is, like, hundreds.)
So where to start? Purge, purge, purge! Here's a good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used something in the last 6 months (unless it's your Grandmother's heirloom sheets or a special embroidered set from your trip to Italy!), it's time to let it go. There are plenty of charities like the Salvation Army and city shelters that will gladly take them off your hands.
Labelling your shelves is also a great way to maintain organization. Imagine how wonderful it would be to have all of your bedding divided by size - queen, king, twin, double; by item - flat sheets, fitted sheets, etc; or even by bedroom. It will also make it easier for family members to find what they're looking for without destroying all your hard work.
There's really nothing quite like a beautifully made bed with fresh linens, or a pile of warm-out-of-the-dryer towels. Creating an organized and clutter-free space for your precious linens is a quick and rejuvenating project for 2012. Enjoy!