Folded towels on a shelf
Learning to Clean

How to Organize a Linen Closet

Linen closets are my favourite to organize. Once you learn how to fold I am sure you'll be obsessed too.

This used to be the messiest and hardest part of the home to keep clean, but it is now my favourite! It takes some practice to learn how to fold everything properly and quickly, especially that fitted sheet, but I promise you will reap the benefits for years to come.

I like to sort like items together, organized by these categories:

  • Bath towels
  • Hand towels
  • Flat sheets
  • Fitted sheets
  • Duvet covers
  • Pillow cases
  • Other (blankets, pillows, etc.)

Next, we focus on the folding. The beauty of this folding technique is that once acquired it can be applied to any rectangular item in your linen closet. It also allows you to be able to see exactly how much you have of everything in the closet. So, if you are running low on towels, for example, you can make sure you have done the laundry before you’re stuck using the same old dirty one.

You will first have to assess how deep and wide your closet is. Depending on how much storage you have, you can use different combinations of the hamburger (short edges together) and hot dog (long edges together) folds. I know the names of the folds sound ridiculous but I’ve learned it from my grade 3 teacher and it has stuck ever since. Doesn’t it give a great visual?

Folding Towels

  1. Do a hot dog fold
  2. Either to a hamburger fold of the towel divided in two or in 3 different sections (as shown in the photo)
  3. Done! Now stack all of the towels with the same edge facing you.

The Fitted Sheet

  1. Start by doing a hamburger fold (bring shorter edges together) and tuck the corners into the other.
  2. Do a hot dog fold to create a rectangle.
  3. Divide the sheet into three equal parts lengthwise. Fold the sides into the middle. You should end up with a long rectangle.
  4. Divide this into three parts and fold inwards.
  5. Voila, all done. Now stack with the neat edge facing you.

Note: Other sheets will use the same method, however, you will need to add in another hamburger fold before proceeding to step 2.

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