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Easily Organize Table Linens

When you spend a little time to organize table linens, you will free up space in your drawers and will keep your tablecloths free of wrinkles.

I am a collector of linens, a habit started by my grandmother and reinforced by my mom. I grew up in a paperless kitchen and have carried that into my own kitchen.

As such, I am always on the lookout for lovely cloth napkins, tablecloths, and dish towels and have accumulated quite an assortment of all of them. 

Besides inheriting my mom’s and grandma’s love of linens, I also inherited my other grandma’s buffet. I’m sure that this buffet has standard storage space, but my burgeoning table linen inventory inevitably overwhelmed the space available.

Draweres before I organized my table linens

Each drawer was filled with a combination of tablecloths, napkins, and even a few placemats thrown in for good measure.

Napkins stuffed in drawers with silverware

And because the drawers were filled to capacity, my napkins were tucked in wherever I could find space.

But…that was then…

This is now! Organized Table Linens and napkins!

Uncluttered drawers after I organized table linens

No, I didn’t toss any of my linens out.

Instead I realized that I had more linens than I had space and, therefore, needed to find some new space.

My idea was to use some of the space in the closet under the stairs to hang up my tablecloths. This freed up the drawer space for the napkins. This space under the stairs was perfect, but a spare bedroom closet or coat closet would work just as well.

We used these support brackets and a flagpole we already had. The brackets hold up to 125 lbs on the hanger, so I now have the capacity to add more tablecloths! 😂

How to Organize Table Linens

I employed the methods I used in the past of taking all the linens out of the cabinet to examine them for their condition and to decide if they were something I still wanted to use. In the process, I discarded a couple of dated runners and repaired a small tear in one of the tablecloths in the process.

I measured each of my tablecloths and runners and I created labels so that now I know exactly what I have.  Then, I folded 4″ by 6″ cardstock in half, cut a little half oval at the fold, wrote down the details, and attached it a hanger. 

Cards I used to organized my table linens
Write size and what the design is on each table linen

A little glue/tape keep the label in place.

tape card together

Now all my tablecloths are organized and I can easily see what I have! 

Hanging table linens in the closet keeps them organized and wrinkle free

I’m so excited about this little organizational coup.

Table Linens haning in closet, labeled with size and description

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Organized Table Linens hanging in closet
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  1. Love the linen organization! Have you found a secret to keeping the linens from developing deep creases , especially in the middle of the tablecloth/runner, etc where the piece sits/hangs on the hanger?

    1. Hi Andrea,

      I have yet to figure out how to avoid a crease, but do find that I can just iron the crease and not the whole tablecloth or runner. That being said, I’d love to hear if you figure out a solution!



  2. I’ve had some luck in reducing the deep crease by hanging an old hand towel under the tablecloth. It doesn’t completely get rid of the crease but “rounds it out”. Thanks so much for the great information and photos, Lynn.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      No doubt, closet space is necessary. In my old house, I made room in my coat closet. Do you have any space in any of your closets?


    1. Hi Janet,

      You’ve made my day! It is my goal every week to do just that. Receiving messages like yours lets me know I’m on the right track, so thank you! I really do love what I do, so I don’t plan to quit anytime soon!

      Hugs, Lynn

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