1 Throw in the towel. Recycle old, frayed towels into rags. They're excellent for drying bathroom surfaces that you've just cleaned.
2 Get set - or not. If you have the room and if you use sets of towels, store them so that the bath towel is on the bottom, and hand and face towels are on top. Otherwise, keep one basket of hand towels in each bathroom; that way if company's coming and you're rushed, you can just pull out a clean one and leave it by the sink. In the main bath, store the basket under the sink to eliminate clutter. That leaves one stack each of bath towels and face cloths on one shelf in the closet. Having same-colour towels looks neater.
1 Storage. I'm a firm believer in keeping these linens in the dining room. But if there's no space, separate table linens into categories: napkins, tablecloths and runners, placemats, and seasonal and special-event linens.
2 Napkins. Fold each napkin, stack and tie a ribbon around each set. Store all sets in one lidded plastic container (napkin sets don't stack well, so this way, you can grab a collection of napkins, take out the set you need and replace the rest without any danger of avalanches).
3 Tablecloths and runners. These are best stored in a closet, each hung on a wooden hanger. Alternatively, fold and stack them on a shelf (place acid-free tissue paper between each cloth if they're high-quality or heirloom pieces).
4 Placemats. A drawer in the kitchen or in the dining room sideboard is the ideal spot. Otherwise, place them in a lidded container on top of your napkin bin.
5 Seasonal and special-event linens. Pack Christmas items in a cloth storage bag and place with your decorations. Other linens can go in a stackable plastic container; put it below the napkin bin or in a spot that you don't access regularly.
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