Easy Bedding Storage Ideas
Keep sheets and blankets wrinkle-free and smelling fresh
Do you find yourself doing a frustrating dance of corner-to-corner folding and flattening whenever you pull clean sheets out of the dryer? Do those sheets then end up in a jumbled pile in the back of your closet?
There’s a better way.
“When your bedding is tossed all over the place and there’s no rhyme or reason, you’re going to find yourself getting frustrated and spending valuable time looking for the right size bedding that you need,” says Jamie Hord, founder of Horderly Professional Organizing in Brooklyn, N.Y.
To make it easier to stay organized, here’s how to fold and store your bedding so that everything stays neat and fresh.
Invest in a blanket bag or basket. If you don’t have a linen closet with shelves, get a blanket bag or large basket. You’ll find both at Amazon.com or the Container Store. Don’t go for vacuum-sealed bags, though, because they can actually make it hard to stay organized. “Vacuum bags make wonky shapes when the air is taken out, making them hard to store,” says Kelly Beutler, a professional organizer and owner of The Joyful Sort in Columbus, Ohio. You can also opt for a woven basket with handles to easily move bedding from one room to another.
Last, but definitely not least, periodically weed out your old bedding. “People have way too much,” Beutler says. “Linens just kind of accumulate because there’s a fear of not having something when you need it. The next thing you know, you have five sets of sheets.” Beutler recommends paring down your sheet sets to only one or two per bed, max. When they become stained, their elastic wears out, they have holes or tears, or they’ve shrunk too much, throw them out (or donate them to an animal shelter that accepts bedding). “If you’d be horrified to have a guest see your sheets, throw them away,” Beutler says.
If you find that it’s time for a new set of sheets, check out the ones that earn high scores in Consumer Reports’ sheet tests.