Towels, sheets and camping gear

One old house, one new linen cupboard!

And the first linen cupboard I can organise, reorganise and organise  again in almost 5 years! Yes, for 5 years I have been without a dedicated linen cupboard. Kind of sad really, as such cupboards are made for storage nerds like myself. They provide ample opportunity to fill in time pulling things out, refolding and putting back in some other kind of order.

Order is kind of the order of the day around here just lately… what with working on 3 lots of shelving (linen cupboard which you’ll see here, and laundry and kitchen to be continued) and sorting mountains of clothes, unnecessary linen and kitchen bits and pieces I feel almost like the light at the end of the tunnel must be just around the corner! It could just be spring in the air… and daylight saving having restored some promise of getting things done “in time”…

So, here’s the linen cupboard after a coat of MDF primer (we used MDF instead of Gib to give us flexibility with attaching shelving, and to cut down on plastering… ughh!) and two top coats of Resene Half Rice Cake. We didn’t fuss with painting the trim or ceiling in here white… as you’ll see further down it’s not likely to ever be seen again anyway!

Post this photo, the floor was sanded, holes filled with Rimu putty, and sealed over – it’s actually come up really well and the line is much less clear between “old” and “new”.

We cut all but the largest of the shelves from the old kitchen cupboard doors, which saved a bit of $$ – always a bonus! The large piece is a new bit of customwood. All pieces were sanded lightly, primed with MDF primer where necessary and painted over with 2-3 coats of Resene Enamacryl in White. It’s a bit glossy and will be reasonably hard wearing which is kind of necessary for shelves.

Then came some drilling, measuring and levelling…

And finally the shelves were complete! It’s a bit awkward to get a good photo of this cupboard as it’s a narrow little thing tucked in the middle of the hall.

And here they are after just a couple of organisation attempts – restrained aren’t I?! No doubt I won’t get to the end of the year without another reorganise…

Right up the top we have some bits of camping gear which is best stored inside away from the potential dampness of the garage, then there’s a guest shelf with special towels and sheets, then family towels, family sheets and beach towels and a picnic set and rug on the bottom shelf. Below that is the vacuum cleaner, and to the left is a narrow space (have a look in the next photo above for a clearer view) for the ironing board, mop and broom.

As you can see we do still need to paint the door and frame, architraves etc but functionality is a priority and we’ve moved onto finishing the laundry first!

Just an interesting thing I thought I’d point out… In this organisation attempt #2 I’ve collated sheet sets within their corresponding pillowcase, as I’ve seen recommended many times over. Check out the difference between the standard cotton set (on the bottom) and the flannelette set… whoa! Close-up for you, with said sheets in the middle shelf:

No I did not iron (it’s not really something I do…) but I pretty well sat on these to squish them down a bit. Maybe I need to try again when I’m 8 1/2 months preggo?


8 thoughts on “Towels, sheets and camping gear

    1. Jolene Post author

      Totally agree! We discussed hanging the ironing board, mop etc on the inside of the doors but Mr came up with this instead, which is probably tidier… I was temporarily upset at losing a few cm’s of linen storage space but think it will work well this way now!

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