How to declutter your linen cupboard: Clutter-Free Feb Day 26

Our 28-day home-organising plan will deliver one quick and easy task each day during the month of February for you to tackle. Day by day, room by room, we’ll help you sort your spaces

Clutter-Free Feb – Day 26

Linen cupboard

Ah, the linen cupboard. These cupboards tend to house all sorts of items and are often filled to the brim. They are usually overlooked, overstuffed and out of order. Today we’ll look at decluttering your cupboard and on day 27 of #clutterfreefeb we’ll reorganise it. Your rubbish bags will come in useful for ‘charity’ items today, says expert organiser Natalie from BeOrganised. Your banana boxes will be helpful for ‘relocate’ items and a fabric marker will be handy for labelling sheets.

Work shelf by shelf and pull everything out of the space. Group like items together – fitted sheets, flat sheets, pillowcases, blankets etc. Empty out the entire space. Go through each category and make decisions on the items. Move on items that are tired and worn looking, sheets for beds you no longer own and items you don’t like. Be realistic about how much linen you really need for the number of people you live with. Consider the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in your home and how often items get used. Two to three sheet sets per bed and two to three towel sets per person is a good guideline. Measure the sheet sizes you are unsure of and label them using a fabric marker – it is helpful if you can do this with a family member. Take note of any items that are lacking and purchase them when you can. For now, put your ‘keep’ items back on the shelves – tomorrow I will talk you through how to reorganise everything. Put your ‘charity’ items aside and move your ‘relocate’ items to their respective homes.

Top tips

  • Move on any items that are worn, you don’t like or don’t use.
  • Be realistic about how much linen you really need and use.
  • Steer away from keeping something because you “might need it or use it one day”.
  • The size of your cupboard will indicate how much you can keep.