Organizing Your Linen Closet

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August 3, 2011

Woman holding linens in front of linen closet.I haven't stored my sheets in my linen closet for years! Every bed has 2 sets of sheets. I fold the sheets as most everyone else seems to do, and fold the pillowcase around it (or you can slip the sheets into the pillowcase). Then I put the extra set between the mattresses of the bed it is for. I either slip them in at the foot of the bed, or the side - whichever is more convenient.


When we had babies in cribs, I folded the crib sheets, put them in a plastic bag, and slipped it between the mattress and springs. This way the sheets are handy and easy to get to when I want to change them, and it frees a tremendous amount of space in my linen closet for other things. This was really helpful when there were 6 of us in the house!

By Judy = Oklahoma from Oklahoma

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March 10, 2010

This tip will save you looking for a matching bottom and top sheet with matching pillowcases. Put folded sheets and one of the pillowcases inside the other pillowcase.


July 29, 2011

I fold the top and bottom sheets in rectangles. Then I wrap them with the folded pillow cases, and a scented dryer sheet between the sheets. I put the complete bundle into a transparent recycled bag.


March 22, 2007

After washing and drying your sheets, fold them and the pillowcases neatly and put them in one of the pillowcases and store them in the linen closet.


July 27, 2011

I "try" to keep my linen closet organized using a few tricks. I don't fold my sheets and pillowcases together in sets because I intermingle the top/bottom sheets and pillow cases.


November 21, 2006

Keep Bedding Sets Together. When I fold the sheets from the dryer, I always fold the fitted sheet and then I fold the pillowcases together and put both inside the fold of the top sheet.


March 22, 2006

To prevent creases when hanging linens from wire hangers, take a cardboard tube from a used up roll of paper towels and cut lengthwise. Then slip it over the wire hanger and apply tape where you cut the tube.


July 28, 2011

I place all of sheets together in one of the pillowcases, so the set is together and easy to grab. I store the clean sheets in the closet of the room they are going to be used in.


July 28, 2011

When bed linens are washed and dried, they are folded as flat sheet, fitted sheet, and pillowcases in layers together. They go in a drawer in whichever room those sheets are used.


July 26, 2011

I make my linen area look really neat by taking sheet sets and pillowcases and tying them together with inexpensive colorful ribbon. I'm sure this would work with towel sets as well.


July 27, 2011

I organize my sheet sets by folding the sheets and placing them in the matching pillowcase. I also organize my sheet sets by having a shelf for each size; such as the queen size on one shelf, and the twins on another, etc.


February 17, 2015

I try not to ever fold sheets by washing and drying them and then putting them right back on the bed. Note, that this caused a problem in my first marriage because my husband thought I never changed the sheets.


January 5, 2005

To keep table linens from creasing, install a rod just beneath a low shelf and hang the linens on hangers padded with paper towel tubes. Fold and store bed or bath linens by sets, not by size.


January 13, 2012

This tip is helpful for folding your pillow cases. I always take both my pillow cases (seam sides together) and fold BOTH together as you would fold one pillow case.


July 26, 2011

I like to keep sets together or sheets that I created sets out of by folding them, along with one pillowcase, and putting the entire set into the other pillowcase. This way, you have a neat sheet section in your closet or drawer, and they fit together better too.


December 27, 2004

Recently my son decided he wanted fresh new white sheets and he did need a new comforter. Our sheets are old or hand-me-downs, so I thought it would be nice to give him some new items.


January 6, 2005

Simply fold towels together. While folding, fold one of the bath towels around the rest of the set, making it a size and shape that stacks nicely in your storage closet.



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September 1, 2015

Does this tag tell the size of the bedding eg. full, queen, or king? How do you tell the size once the bedding is removed from its packaging?

tag on sheet


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September 1, 20151 found this helpful

I use a Sharpie Permanent Marker and write the size on the foot corner of mine. I also mark the left head corner and the right foot corner of the fitted sheet so there's no guessing at how it goes on the bed.


All my fitted sheets are marked the same. The ink marking is tucked under the mattress so it does not show when bed is made up.


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September 1, 20150 found this helpful

Litter Gitter,

I mark each sheet exactly the same!

I don't know why, but these days tags often do not have the dependable information we are used to! Perhaps it is easier and cheaper to sew the simple required tags on every sheet and then sort the batches and package by size.

I'm sure the reason has something to do with cost & profit!


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September 3, 20151 found this helpful

Lindalou58, that tag definitely says nothing about the sheet size. It gives washing instruction symbols only. I Googled "sheet sizes in inches" and found some helpful websites. The most useful one was Wikipedia. The link is below; just scroll down to the "North American" chart.


Outside of that, you could try the sheets on the beds and see which ones they fit. When you find the match, then write "Twin", "Full", "Queen" or whatever on that tag with a bold Sharpie, or on a corner of the sheet as someone else suggested. The Wikipedia chart gives the range in inches, and you could measure the sheets with a tape measure.


Good luck!

May 20, 20183 found this helpful

we have king and queen beds some sheets are the same color/type, I don't want to find out the size by unfolding and try to put on bed then I have to fold again!! and its impossible to buy sheets at thrift store because it doesn't say size on label. AM I THE ONLY PERSON WITH THIS PROBLEM??? All they have is to identify size on label!!!

May 31, 20182 found this helpful

You are not the only one!! I think it is rediculous that the information is not on the tag

June 9, 20181 found this helpful

It is ridiculous. I am trying to sort through a bunch of sheets that were donated to our facility. It takes to much time to do this when the size is not on the label.


We never used to have this problem.

June 10, 20181 found this helpful

im glad I am not the only one who has this problem! My son has a king size and mine is a queen. We have sheets that are the same color and it is absolutely crazy the size is not on the label!! The only way to find out which one belongs to what bed unless you try and put the sheet on. What a waste of time and effort!!!

July 1, 20181 found this helpful

I am going through this right now I used to have a queen, then after Harvey I was donated a king. Now I'm back in a queen and I gave all these sheets with no sizes on the label .


It's crazy. Who decided it would be a good idea to stop labeling the size? THEY'RE FIRED!!!!!

October 16, 20181 found this helpful

I'm a crusty old bachelor, and inherited a house with twin beds and (my) double bed. I have only a modest hall linen closet (like a lot of folks-I know.) I put off changing sheets because of just this problem (OK-and also, because, here in the US-unlike the UK-we don't have those nice duvet covers that zip on three sides, so we have to wrestle to get them on.

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June 26, 2004

I need some help organizing my linen closet. it is JAM PACKED full of blankets (most of which we use because of frequent guest). It is very small and had about five shelves in it. Any suggestions?

Renee from AR


By lilly (Guest Post)
June 27, 20040 found this helpful

i organize my linen closet this way. i put all the sets that belongs toguether inside of one of the matching pillow cases, fold it and when you are looking for that set everything is neatly put inside ,you dont have to go crazy looking for all the matching pieces in different places.

By Kathy (Guest Post)
June 28, 20040 found this helpful

How about getting some of those rubbermaid tubs or large plastic bags to store things in and put all the blankets in those? You could then store the containers somewhere else where you might have more room.

By (Guest Post)
June 28, 20040 found this helpful

At work we put the blankets in a plastic (garbage) bag (be sure there are no holes) and use the vacuum to suck out all the air then tie the bag securely. Your blankets will be compressed so that they take up less space.


This can also be done with clothes when you pack them away for the season and also with sheets and pillowcases. Be sure to mark them or use clear bags to see what is in them.

By Sharon, Lancaster, PA (Guest Post)
June 28, 20040 found this helpful

I keep only the linens in my closet that I am using for that season and put the others(already laundered) in a jumbo plastic tote that I keep in the attic. It saves me time when looking for what I need and at the end of the season, I just get the other linens out of the tote and they are ready to go.

By Doggy (Guest Post)
June 28, 20040 found this helpful

You might camouflage some of your blankets by tucking them around a 'less than new' chair or loveseat, and covering with a nice afghan. Also, several of them could fit into a box kept under a bed or in a closet. You might consider storing them on the shelves of your guest room closet (if you have one) or folding them (the long way)and hanging on wooden hangers. I found that rolling towels rather than folding them saves space on shelves. A hollow ottoman will also hold several.

By Annie (Guest Post)
June 28, 20040 found this helpful

I find it helpful to just keep what I need on a daily basis in the linen closet. I store occasionally used things under my bed in containers. I use the bed lifts to create more room under the bed as well. We have a small house and I am always looking for ways to optimize my closets. Very interesting to read the responses.

By Tawnda (Guest Post)
June 28, 20040 found this helpful

If you have blankets and quilts that are in good condition you can incorporate some of them by hanging them over the back of your couch, loveseats, etc. I also take advantage of the very tops of my childrens' closets. They cannot reach the top shelves and so I use those top shelves to store blankets in. You can also use the medium sized totes and place them in the bottom of your closet and then stack your shoes on top of the totes.

By berrong (Guest Post)
June 29, 20040 found this helpful

Place folded sheets and pillow case in one of matching pillow case. Saves space and is always together.

By Ann (Guest Post)
June 29, 20040 found this helpful

Lots of good ideas already, but if you're short on space you can store 2 blankets between the box springs and mattress. Fold the blanket in half or quarters and place it between the box spring and mattress on one side of the bed. Repeat on the other side of the bed and the mattress will still feel level. You can even store a sheet set this way.

By Denise (Guest Post)
June 30, 20041 found this helpful

You can even store blankes insinde the decorative Shams that come with your bedspread. Just fold the blanket and stuff inside the sham. Put the sham on the bed. This also works with extra sets of sheets.

June 30, 20040 found this helpful

We've stored our extra blankets in cedar hope chest. These can be bought new, or from an estate auction/garage sale. If you don't mind the wood smell, it might be a good idea. We then use ours as a second coffee table in our living room.

June 30, 20040 found this helpful

Have you thought of reducing the number of blankets you need by replacing them with comforters? We use only one comforter per bed and store a summer cotton blanket for each bed in the closet. Comforters roll up like sleeping bags (I make straps to hold them out of 1" elastic). When we are using the summer blanket, we just roll up the comforter and store it under the bed, in that bedroom's closet, or sometimes just folded at the end of the bed in case it gets cold. Since we wash the comforter covers, we only have to store two fitted sheets per bed. We also have some extra blankets for guests, but only about 4 or 5 which all fit on one side of a 32" wide shelf in the closet. We don't have room for tubs so we avoid having to store a ton of stuff by using systems that require less stuff and less storage.

By Sparky (Guest Post)
January 22, 20050 found this helpful

Vacuum sealing large comforters, blankets & pillows are a great space-saving idea. Plus, they are compact enough to store one on top of the other. Making sure they all are labeled & that if you have wire shelves, it is a good idea to put a towel down first. This makes it easy to take them on & off without pucturing the bag. The large garbage bags can easily be used with a vacuum to suck out the air & then using rubberbands to secure each bag. It will save you from buying the "Space Bags"

By Jill (Guest Post)
September 5, 20060 found this helpful

I like to organize my linens by room (I.e. guest room, master, kids). I take the top sheet and pillow cases, and fold them inside the bottom sheet. The problem is all of the different sizes. I live in San Diego and I just saw an article in SD home about this great new product that looks like it should work great. The article is by Harriet Schechter who writes some really helpful hints. This article is not on-line but you can check out the product at

By Closet Case (Guest Post)
March 28, 20071 found this helpful

The article Jill was referring to is here:

By Cricket (Guest Post)
August 12, 20070 found this helpful

If you have a lot of extra closet space, you can hang the blankets on large hangers at the end of the closet. Another thing is to get some of those space saver bags and place them in there and make it smaller.

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July 14, 2013

What's a clever and easy way to identify my full size from king size sheets? They are all white in color.

By Gina K


July 16, 20130 found this helpful

Embroidery K in the corners of the King size sheets in Red thread. It doesn't have to be large and Red thread will stand out on white.

July 24, 20130 found this helpful

Fold one size inside out.

September 29, 20140 found this helpful

Once your sheet is folded you can mark it with colored chalk.


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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

Use a permanent marker and write a K for king and F for full.

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December 12, 2015

This is a page about storing sheets inside pillowcases. Organize your linen closet by storing sheets inside the matching pillowcases.

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