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Linen cupboard makeover

A tidy linen closet will save you time, worry and even money.

1. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the linen cupboard or that you don't use anymore. Go through your linens and check each piece – if your towels are getting a bit bald, your sheets discoloured or tablecloths stained, consider using this opportunity to replenish your supplies, and repurpose unwanted items for rags, picnic rugs, or kids’ smocks. Alternatively, donate to charities or animal shelters.

2. Group your linens by type. Have one shelf for bedroom linen, another for bathroom, The next for kitchen/dining and another for items such as sports or beach towels. Consider using boxes or baskets to store smaller items – even magazine files for items such as flannels and hand towels. Get rid of anything that doesn’t belong in the linen cupboard or that you don't use anymore. Go through your linens and check each piece – if your towels are getting a bit bald, your sheets discoloured or tablecloths stained, consider using this opportunity to replenish your supplies, and repurpose unwanted items for rags, picnic rugs, or kids’ smocks. Alternatively, donate to charities or animal shelters.

3. Organise your bedroom linens by bed, for every bed in your household have a separate box to store its linens. This will make changing the bed quick and easy – and you won’t get the king sheets mixed up with the queens. Alternatively, store sheets and duvet colours in their corresponding pillow cases, so you can grab and go knowing everything you need to make the bed is in there.

4. Use the door – stick hooks or an over the door caddy or towel rack to the inside of the door for extra storage space for small items, such as tablecloths, placemats or aprons.

5. During particularly wet periods, pop a moisture absorber in your cupboard to deal with any dampness. A small diffuser or scented soap will keep your linens smelling sweet – and if your linen cupboard doubles as the hot water cupboard and someone’s used it to dry out wet coats or shoes, a small bowl of baking soda will banish any unpleasant odours.

6. Have two or three full sets of colour-coordinated bathroom towels, flannels, bath mats and hand towels. Rotate sets in full to keep the matching set together, and your bathroom sophisticated and ordered.

7. Just because you know where everything is meant to be stored, it doesn’t mean your family will. Label boxes or sections of the cupboard so there are no excuses!