Being a part of Melissa’s book launch for her newest book, Simple Organizing was exactly the kick in the pants I need to tackle my kitchen towels! I’m sharing my Simple Organizing Solutions for Kitchen Linens today as one of my Clutter Confessions! If you’re on Instagram, you may have seen some of my stories. Follow me here.
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Simple Organizing Solutions for Kitchen Linens
You know how you have those kitchen drawers that go neglected? The ones that you vow to clean the next day? We all have them! Well, the drawer that was OUT OF CONTROL for weeks, maybe even months was my kitchen towel drawer.
The silly thing is, it’s not a hard drawer to organize… but obviously it’s hard to KEEP organized! Reading Simple Organizing – 50 Ways to Clear the Clutter by Melissa Michaels was just the push I needed to tackle this thorn in my side.
I’ve written about Melissa before when I helped her launch her Make Room for What you Love Book and also added Simple Gatherings to my list of books for Creative People. All her books are full of great ideas for simple living. She has 8 books and you need them all! Use my affiliate links to grab yours.
How to Organize your Kitchen Towels
This is a drawer we use daily. It usually stores our dish towels, a couple of pot holders, dishcloths and our floor mop pads.
The messiness of it was causing me a little stress every time I opened the drawer. I could never find what I needed and my dish towels were getting SO wrinkled! WHY didn’t I just take a few minutes and clean the darn thing?
What a great return on my investment! Because the 15 minutes I finally took has brought way too much joy than a kitchen drawer should. But when your house is tidy, you feel better.
Take EVERYTHING out of the Drawer
I emptied everything out and piled it all on my kitchen counter.
Even though it’s not a drawer that has food in it, I was surprised that it still needed wiping out. The corners had a bit of dust and along the edges. I used a non-toxic cleaner I made with cleaning concentrates from Grove Collaborative.
First I sorted into categories. Towels, dishcloths, pot holders, floor mopping pads. As you sort, you may find items you no longer use or want. Get rid of them! Only keep what you need and like!
Once I had everything laid out by type, I grouped like items together. I get most of my towels from IKEA and Grove Collaborative. All my really cute ones are upstairs with all my photo props.
Because I knew how I wanted to arrange them, I made sure to fold everything the same. Not all of my dishtowels are the same size, but I made it work.
I usually fold lengthwise in half, then in half again and again, and again. I also like to fold in half, then by 3rds, then half. So confusing to explain. Depending on how deep your drawer is will determine what the best way to fold. There are actually YouTube Videos on this!
In the past, I’ve always stacked my dishtowels. Obviously, that wasn’t working, so I thought I’d try arranging in a way so I could see what I have. I love it! It makes me happy every time I open the drawer.
Doesn’t that look better? And it’s MUCH more functional!
Now I could have styled this photo for a much prettier look, but that’s actually one of my pet peeves. So many photos for organizing are not functional and will not work in our homes. Pretty to look at, but not helpful. We don’t live in a magazine.
My Organizing your Linen Closet for Real People post has gone viral on Pinterest. Is it gorgeous? Nope. But it’s tidy and useable! That’s the way my kitchen linen drawer is. Real. It’s a Simple Organizing Solutions for Kitchen Linens that is doable and will work.
There is a team of bloggers helping Melissa kick off her book tour! We are all sharing our Clutter Confessions!
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Popular blogger and home decorating expert Melissa Michaels invites you to join her and her friends in celebrating the release of her new book Simple Organizing with a week of blogs, prizes, and fun. Each day, visit another site to learn more about the book and win great prizes. It all kicks off on Monday, April 2 at www.theinspiredroom.net See you there!