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Thursday, November 19, 2009

A linen closet

I know I said I was going to post this last week but things have been a little crazy around here !! Every time I remember I have to photograph this it is dark, so I got onto it this afternoon. I apologize in advance for the photos as our linen closet is a U shape and it's impossible to get a decent photo so sorry about that : )

We obviously built in quite a large linen closet when we designed our house but a lot of the same principles can be adapted any any size linen closet so below are a few tips to adapt to a smaller sized linen closet.

1. For smaller item such as tea towels and pillow cases buy some white storage boxes from Ikea, you will fit so much more in the space on your shelf and it also looks a lot neater that having little things falling all over the place.
2. If you have a small space get some vacuum sealer bags for the larger things like pillows and quilts- you can then put a few bags in a white box- again just to make it look neat and create a feeling of space.
3. Get a light over or near the closet- make the space light will help you to easily find things and keep the area tidy.
4. If your family struggles to put things back in the right place label the actual shelf as to what goes there ie- King size sheets, quilts etc.

The right hand side of the closet- chair pads, picnic rugs, fold away coolers and bath mats. The top shelf is just used for extra house stuff we are not currently using.

Ok so the last photo is the left hand side of the closet. This is where we store a few suitcases, extra quilts, our extra sets of sheets and beach towels. Again the boxes up the top are miscellaneous bits and pieces that don't really have homes, extra cushions, candles, baskets frames etc.
At the moment I keep Flynn's linens separate as he has a big closet so I will share with you soon what I do for his stuff. This will change over time but for the moment with changing bedding so frequently especially when he is sick etc I find it easier to have all of his things separate.


Anonymous Leah said...

Yeah you totally inspired me to do mine, mine is exactly the same layout as yours, keep the photos coming Jade it might inspire me to do more rooms in the house!! xx

November 19, 2009 at 4:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ooh thanks Jade, I love it!! So neat. I'd love to have the same amount of space - currently I'm limited to one side of a buffet in my living room :( But I can apply some of the same principles - time to have a clean out and tidy up!!
Clare :)

November 19, 2009 at 6:17 PM  
Blogger Jill said...

Hi Jade I am new to your blog found you through EB wow this post was my inspiration I needed. I do wish my linen press was this big. argh big house little linen press. I love box idea heading to Ikea on saturday hopefully will add them to the growing list.

November 19, 2009 at 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Paulette said...

Thanks Jade!
We live 2 hours from ikea, so I don't often go there! I'll be looking out for those white boxes on my next trip!

We don't really have a decent linen press/closet, but I prefer to keep the bed linen in the room it belongs, and the towels/hand towels/washers in each bathroom. That way you always have what you need a few short steps away! Teatowels in the kitchen (I use quite a few each day!)

I love reading your blog, helps me to keep going with the de-cluttering/re arranging of our new house! Thanks for all the hard work you do keeping us up to date!

November 19, 2009 at 7:50 PM  

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