Monday, July 26, 2010
Cleaning Out the Linen Closet - Just Do It | Family Economics
Your linen closet can be deceiving! It might look all nice and clean with the towels folded, but little do you know that there are unwanted wash clothes hiding in places you didn’t know about. You might even find a few of those missing socks from the laundry hitching a ride with the sheets to the linen closet. Maybe even a few toys got stashed or a few pieces to that one puzzle are hidden in a corner. So it’s time to clean it all out.
It is best to take everything out and start from scratch, making sure you don’t miss any of those hidden towels or sheets. As you clear each shelf, it’s a good idea to start organizing your closet right from the get-go. As you are pulling items out, sheets, towels and pillowcases, put them into organized piles.
You can also create a pile with unwanted items, like towels that have so many holes in them they are only good for washing floors, not people. These items can be used for cleaning or if they are in good enough condition, you can donate them.
Once everything is in a pile, take a minute to give each shelf a quick wipe with a wash cloth or paper towel, just to pick up any dust bunnies that might have formed. Now is also a good time to vacuum the carpet at the bottom of the closet, a place that often gets forgotten.
Next, place everything back in your closet. You can also reorganize your shelves into a better system than you had before, placing the towels lower for children to reach or keep the sheets with the pillowcases. This will help keep you organized and ready for next time you need to get into your linen closet or put something back.