How to Clean Out Your Linen Closet

Ready to get organized? Start with the linen closet! Domestic CEO has 3 tips to get you started, plus great advice on how to repurpose old linens.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #93

It’s January - the month in which we make resolutions, get organized, get fit, get healthy, and on and on.

The question is – where do you start? How do you plow forward on a project?  How do you decide which project to tackle first?

If you’re planning to get things a little more organized in your home, a great place to start is your linen closet. Why now? Because January is when stores typically have awesome sales on linens and towels.  It’s the perfect time to purge the old and worn and replace with the beautiful and new. Here are some handy tips to help you tackle this project.

Your first step is going to be to remove everything from your linen closet. Yes, everything. You will be surprised what you find in there! Make piles of like items and go through each pile separately. The plan is to keep what’s good and toss or repurpose what’s no longer functioning the way it should..

Step #1: Tackle the Towels

Take a good look at your towels.  What do you see? Stains?  Would a good washing with spot treatment remove those stains? Give it a try. If they clean up well, they’re keepers. Stains that are permanent like hair dye or waterproof mascara are tough to remedy.  If the stains don’t come out and they are an embarrassment for any guest to see, put these towels in the repurpose pile.

Do your towels have frayed edges?  If you are handy with a sewing machine, you may be able to trim and stitch that fraying edge. If sewing isn’t your thing, add those towels to the repurpose pile too.

How about bleach splashes? Woops! Did someone else do the laundry and accidentally ruin your nice, new towel with bleach? Did your new facewash leave a blotchy discolored spot on your new towel? That towel is in good shape otherwise so maybe try dying the towel either back to its original color or to some other darker color. Rit dye is easy to use and may just bring that towel back to life. You can find great choices of easy-to-use dye in the laundry aisle at your grocery store.

Once you’ve gone through all the towels, you probably have a pile of towels that aren’t in the best condition. Do you throw them out? No way! Here are a few great “second life” ideas for those elderly towels:

  1. Use them as rags in the garage or for cleaning messy spills. Who cares what your cleaning rag looks like? If you only have large towels and you need smaller rags, cut them into 8" x 8" squares which are a great size for dusting or cleaning.

  2. Donate them to the local animal shelter. Shelters are always in need of towels, sheets, blankets, etc.

  3. Giving the dog a bath? Old towels are great for drying that sloppy, wet pup.