linen closet organizationClutter, clutter everywhere! Especially during the holidays. There's paper and bows, all the stuff you tossed in the closet hoping the in-laws wouldn't see, and yes, you've even reverted to shoving stuff under the bed in the mad rush to clean. Your purse is a mess, the pantry's a wreck, and can you even see under your sink anymore?

Wouldn't it be awesome to start the new year with a clean, fresh, clutter-free home?

I consulted Jill Pollack Lewis, organization guru, about easy ways we can de-clutter our homes in just 10 days.

Day one addresses one of my worst areas: the linen closet. Here's Lewis's three-step plan for transforming this vital hub. Ready ... go!

Step 1 -- Add up your per person allotment.

What Should Be There:

  • An extra set of linens for each bed, color-coded for each room
  • Towels, two or three for each person
  • Washcloths, no more than 7 per person

Step 2 -- Clean out anything that doesn't belong.

What Should Not Be There:

  • Cleaning rags -- these go in the cleaning area
  • Ripped or stained linens and towels
  • Pet towels
  • Memorabilia, stuffed animals, etc.
  • One-off pillowcases that have no partner

Step 3 -- Do a final inspection

  • Repurpose a basket or clear tote to hold all the washcloths so you don't worry about a pile falling over
  • Roll towels instead of folding so the pile doesn't unfold when you remove one
  • Repurpose stained and torn towels into pet towels or cleaning rags

 

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