Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Linen Cupboard to be Proud of...

Sorry for keeping you all waiting with this post. The secret is out, and yes, I am finally sharing with you the pride and joy of my home... my linen cupboard. It's what inspired me to start this blog because it's what got me interested in home keeping.

When we moved into our home, the linen cupboard was simply an old boiler cupboard but with no boiler or shelves. So Mr Laundrybasketcase kindly put up some shelves after I painted the inside. I packed all our linens onto the shelves and resolved that even when the rest of the house was being painted moved about and just utter chaos I would keep the linen cupboard organised, and for once I stuck to it. Even when my wardrobe looks like a jumble sale, the kitchen floor is un-mopped and has dog biscuit crumbs scattered about, and piles of ironing are stacked up, I like to open the door of the linen cupboard and see the stacks of pillowcases and neatly folded towels to remind me that I can do it and get back on top of things... so here it is...

My Linen Cupboard has a beautiful cut glass handle on the door, it makes it feel extra special (even if I did buy the handle quite cheap on eBay)...
And in my Linen Cupboard I keep... my vacuum cleaner,
... my favourite tea towels are stacked, ...

... such as this one...

... it also holds my favourite linen napkins (that I've never been brave enough to use)...

... stacks of freshly laundered pillowcases that smell of lavender...
... and amazingly the door also holds my ironing board and iron...
... and here are the shelves. Starting from the top are my table linens, below that are the pillowcases and fitted sheets, and below that are the duvet covers and large towels. Then there are the small towels, cleaning cloths and tea towels, and on the bottom shelf is the basket that holds torches and chargers, cleaning products and water for the iron.
On the floor is where I keep my house keepers box with spare cleaning accessories (such as old toothbrushes and rags), as well as a magazine rack which I use for all my cleaning spray bottles.
I know some people have seen my Linen Cupboard and probably thought I'm a bit obsessive about it. But considering the rest of my home isn't a haven of cleanliness and organisation (Although I dream everyday that it is) it's nice to have one place that I always feel in control of.

For my next post I'll be sharing with you how to fold fitted sheets so that they too can stack neatly. If you would like to see how I fold my towels, take a look my post about it here. You can use that method for everything else in your cupboard too - that is how I fold my pillowcases, tea towels and duvet covers too. Here are some more tips for a fresh and tidy Linen Cupboard...

  • If you hang towels and sheets up well, there shouldn't be a need to iron them. Similarly taking them out of the tumble dryer as soon as they are dry means you can just fold them neatly and by the time you use them they look no different from sheets that have been ironed and folded.
  • Iron pillowcases that haven't dried tidily. My pillowcases always seem to need ironing, but they are so quick to iron I don't mind. I love folding them and stacking them. I love it even more if they smell lovely, which brings me onto my next tip...
  • Use a lightly scented spray bottle of water to help with ironing. I use a couple of drops of lavender oil (or try patchouli, rose oil or even lemongrass) in a half full spray bottle. Don't keep the water and oil in the bottle for longer than a few days since essential oils do go off after a while.
  • If you really don't want to fold towels as I've suggested, fold them in half (length ways) and roll them so that they can be stacked with the raw edges facing away.
  • If you have extra space in your linen cupboard, add hooks to the back of the door or sides of the wall to hang a laundry bag for dirty tea towels and s forth. I have a bag for all the extra bits and bobs that comes with my vacuum cleaner and steamer.
  • Use cedar wood (you can buy small bits from hardware stores normally) in your linen cupboard to deter moths.
So there you have it. My linen cupboard! I hope you enjoyed looking at it, and I hope it inspires you to have a beautiful linen cupboard too. I feel it is important because that's where all those important things that give us comfort lives... our sheets, towels and tablecloths. All things we should be able to enjoy. I don't keep my linen cupboard in order because I want to show off, but because it makes me smile (even if the rest of the house doesn't always).

What bit of your home makes you smile?

Have a lovely Sunday!


Lesley (Notesfrommydays) said... ........... i have linen cupboard envy - you would be shocked if you saw the teetering piles of duvet covers and sheets all mixed up and threatening to land on me when I open it LOL
I loved the Anthea tip about putting the duvet cover and sheet that go with a particular bed into the pillowcase so you just take that out and its all the right size!! still not done it though :-D
my new sewing cupboard makes me happy for the moment as you have seen !
fab post, Lx

Josie-Mary said...

That looks good, very neat & tidy......but if I'm honest I couldn't fit all my bedlinen in there let alone anything else. You see I'm known as the bedlinen queen!! When I moved house 2 years ago I had 14 sets, please note I only have 1 bed!! I was kind enough to give some to my mum & sisters because as you can imagine they were hardly used. I get so many baragins working in habitat it's hard to say no. I now have 5 boxes under my bed, 1 for each set & i work my way down the line. I love having clean sheets, it's my treat. I couldn't sleep in a dirty non matching bad aahhhhhh :)

thriftymrs said...

Oh wow, goodness me that looks terrific. Great tips.

MelMel said...

How lovely and neat!

Judy said...

I love your linen cupboard. It is so beautiful with your lovely linens. I love your napkins and I don't think I'd be brave enough to use them either. I'm so glad you entered my giveaway. I wanted to leave it open so everyone woul have a chance.

serendipitylovesnewyork said...

Wow, I'm very jealous, it looks so neat and tidy...sigh....I remember watching the Anthea Turner show like Lesely and picking up a few could definatly give her a run for her money, have you thought about bringing out a book, I'd but it!!
I wasnt sure if you read my comment about us being christmas swap partners, if you contact me at and we can swap addresses....Claire xx

Ivy said...

Wow YOU! I am depressed, I mean impressed.
Nice job! I am pretty happy with mine too, now that I fold my towels all Posh like you showed us a in a post a while back.:)

Oh, and while on the crochet subjekt, have you ever Googled "Amigurumi"? They are adorable and I have to make one! :)

Anonymous said...

Not having a linen cupboard makes me feel a little sad tonight! Yours is lovely. However, my sad linen cupboard went so that I could finally have a bathroom upstairs, so I shouldn't complain too much. I completely understand about the need to have it organised. I'm like that with my larder - and yes, that's the only bit organised in my home at the moment :D

Mary said...

That's so funny. I've never considered myself as overly organized, but I am adamant about folding my towels and putting them in the cupboard so that the raw edges don't show.

And now I have been validated by the Queen of Clean. And it feels fabulous.


BusyWoman said...

Oh that is so lovely! I live in a small cottage style home won't believe it, there is no built in linen cupboard. I dream of having something that organised. I will be putting my mind to this problem and coming up with a solution that brings me joy!

Michelle in Australia

Anonymous said...

Good Day,

I woke this morning (Vancouver, Canada) to the realization that what we needed in our basement was a decent drying rack for our clothes. Yes, we do have that one that is made of spindly-metal-coated-with-white-plastic but once its folded out (and that is the purpose of the beast) there is absolutely no room in the Inn.

My mind drifted back to my childhood, English mother, basement, laundry machine (no electric clothes dryer) and I remembered a rack, an airer, suspended from the ceiling with a pulley system.

Like you "Laundry Basket", I too did a lot of research, and it would have been a lot easier if I had just known about your wonderful blog, but alas, isn't that just half the fun of being on the internet.... well actually, my wife says the ratio should be closer to 1:99 (play:work).

I found this web site (and just why is it that they all seem to be based in the UK) using cast iron brackets with wooden rails.

I think that instead of using cast iron, I'll go for making them out of plywood.

Thanks a lot, and you do have a great blog.

PS I tried signing in with my registered name but the "visual verification" has a great huge "X" in it with no image that I could use to enter in as letters.

North Van's Grumps

PPS And then when I did go for a preview the last time to see if my PS worked, Voila!

A note on perfection

Many of the posts featured on this blog are about doing household chores the correct, or so to say perfect way. My intention is not to make readers feel that the way they are running their households are wrong. So if making the bed, or ironing shirts in a certain way doesn't fit your lifestyle, do not feel guilty about it. But by learning the correct way of doing things it might just come in handy for those times when special guests are staying, or when you need to iron that shirt perfectly for a job interview. So enjoy the learning, but skip the guilt and LOVE your homes. x

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