Ah, the linen closet. The junk drawer of the closet world. The gateway to a lesser Narnia. What should be a place for organized towels and blankets can so easily become pure chaos! If you're the type who wads up their sheets and shuts the door, you're not alone! Fortunately, linen closet organization can be achieved with just a little change in routine and some prep work. Read on to learn how to make the best use of the space in your home, and tame that linen or bathroom closet once and for all. Continue Reading
Proving, once again, that a great idea never gets old is this hint from Martha that was posted back in ’01. It’s a great way to save money, which also never gets old. Basically, the idea is to gather up all those mismatched towels and sew on decorative ribbon that coordinates with each color. To get the details of the entire how-to, follow this jump.
What a clever and inviting way to add a little style to a guest bathroom. And did I mention it’s FREE? Basically, the idea is folding one of our existing hand towels to construct an attached pocket, then fill the pocket with, well, whatever you want. A sprig of greenery, fancy little soaps and packets of toiletries or–my favorite–a ruched face cloth. We can find folding directions over at The Red Chair Blog.
Perhaps in the whirlwind that is Spring Cleaning, you’ve encountered some towels that have seen better days. Before you throw them away, consider repurposing them as an eco-chic bath mat!
The style of this mat takes inspiration from rag rugs but, with the use of towels, is better suited for the bathroom. I mean, what could be more absorbant than a billowing pile of towels beneath your feet? Nothing.
This project is easy and only requires 2 materials: old towels and gridded matting (sometimes called anti-slip matting). Continue Reading
You could call it origami for cruisers; I just call it cute. This spunky little elephant’s construction looks complicated, but it isn’t!
What you’ll need to make him:
- two bath towels of the same color/design (I’m guessing thinner towels will work better than thick, plushy ones.)
- this EASY how-to
P.S. There are a TON of these towel animal origami how-to’s on the net; this elephant is by far the best. IMO!
A towel trimming project has been in the top 5 of my master To Do list for awhile now. However, after I got a load of this simple and easy to understand tutorial on Sew4Home, I marked it off my list and decided to share the link with you. If toile isn’t your thing, you can easily substitute your choice of fabrics and/or snazzy ribbon. I think the black edging really adds a sharp look to these otherwise bland, white towels. Continue Reading
Have you ever noticed there are no linen closets in hotel room bathrooms? That’s because they have these things! And now anybody get get towel towers, not just hotels. They’d work great in any bathroom but in linen-closet-less ones in particular. You can find them at Get Organized! for about 20 bucks.
Re-nest put together 10 very clever ways to re-use old towels and sheets and I’ve thrown in three of my personal favs as well.
- Turn old sheets and blankets into ironing board covers.
- Donate them to your local animal shelter.
- Turn towels into knotted doggie toys.
- Convert little-worn sheets into curtains.
- Stash an old sheet in the trunk of your car for impromptu picnics.
- Towels and sheets in good condition but no longer your style can be donated to local homeless shelters.
Derek and Lauren from Design*Sponge have a new tutorial each Wednesday, and this one’s too adorable not to share. These hand-stamped dish towels are endless
ly customizable, and a perfect weekend project… i wish they had stamps like these at my local craft store.
-rubber stamp set
-fabric-friendly stamp pad
A stack of folded towels have never looked prettier, thanks to the Conceal Towel Shelf. Made of powder-coated steel, the shelf does a Casper when in use. From Umbra ($18).