Keeping your towels, sheets, and toiletries in check
Use dividers to keep stacks from colliding, store the haute stuff for parties separately, and contain all that good wretched excess from Costco.
In her sprawling ranch house, Lisa Mendenhall, 41, has a single linen closet, 31 inches wide and 23 inches deep, for storing bed linens, blankets, towels, and toiletries for her family of four. In summer the stay-at-home mom was forever repairing the damage her five-year-old son, Jay, did to the tower of beach towels as he pillaged it on his way to the pool.
- Preempt a pileup: Formerly teetering heaps of linens are now separated into manageable stacks with dividers that clamp onto the shelves. These metal-grid panels make it easy to grab a single towel without pulling down all three neighboring piles of linens. Shelf Dividers, $11.98 for four, Lillian Vernon, www.lillianvernon.com.
- Name that room: Instead of stacking all the sheets