Day Two: Declutter the Linen Closet | 12 Days of Decluttering

Join me for 12 Days of Decluttering and get key areas of your home decluttered and organized today.


1. to remove mess or clutter from (a place).

2. to organize and prioritize (one’s commitments, material possessions, etc.)

3. to let go

Declutter First, Organize Next. 

Pulling out what you no longer want is key to creating space and will make the organizing process smoother. Whether it’s clothing from a hanger, shoes from a rack, books from a shelf, paper from a filing cabinet, or toys from a bin, it’s time to make decisions on the things you are ready to let go. Focus first on decluttering. When the unwanted is out of the way, begin cleaning and organizing.


Step One

Declutter the Linen Closet

  • Prepare a large, clean, and comfortable surface on which to work and fold. Avoid bending down (save the back) and putting things on the floor and surfaces where linens can pick up dust or animal hair. A clean bed, sofa, or dining table will work.
  • Have on hand plenty of trash or paper bags for donations.
  • Prep a bottle of all-purpose cleaner or mild soap, and a clean sponge or rag.
  • Grab a pen and pad of paper for notes.
  • Open the linen closet and take a few “Before” photos.
  • Remove ALL linens from the closet (or from wherever you keep them). Towels big and small, sheets, comforters, pillows, dish towels, beach towels, etc. Sort linens like with like as you take them out.
  • Once sorted, you will know how much of each there are. This is an important step toward LETTING GO. It’s easier to say goodbye to the old, worn, and unwanted if you know there will be enough left to survive.
  • It feels Oh So Good! to let go when you know you can help others in need of your donations (see photo…awwwe.) Your local animal shelter is always in need of old towels and small blankets for their ongoing intake and care for animals. You can also drop linens off at a homeless shelter or charity organization of your choice.

Step Two


  • Wipe the empty linen closet surfaces and walls with a wet and warm, soapy cloth. Regular cleaning will keep closets and cabinets in good condition. Allow surface to dry completely before putting things away.


Step Three

Fold and Organize

  • There are many great ways to fold towels and linens. Visit these Youtube “how to” videos to see my favorites. 1) Folding towels to quickly hang, 2) Unique towel folding, 3) How to fold a fitted sheet, 4) Types of sheets and how to fold sets together
  • Fold towels, sheets, and blankets. When folding, consider the width, height, and depth of the area they are going into. Fold in a way that allows the linens a bit of space between each other once stacked in a closet shelf (see photo.) Room to breathe!
  • Put away like items together (towels, sheet sets, blankets, etc.)
  • Take an “After” photo of your organized linen closet.

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