Your guests are on their way – are you prepared for them? In addition to planning activities and shopping for snacks, you’ll want to make sure your guest bedding and towels will make your friends and family feel right at home. With a bit of smart planning, you can build a linen closet that makes hosting – and everyday living – a snap.
Begin with a Closet Edit
It’s easy for the linen closet to become a catchall storage space, stuffed to the brim not just with spare sheets and towels, but also all those rags, spare toiletries, and old linens that you would never dream of using for guests. To create the perfect linen closet, it’s important to start by clearing out the clutter. If possible, find another storage solution for everything other than sheets, pillowcases, blankets, towels, and washcloths. Toss anything that looks ratty or is stained, and donate items that are still in good shape but that you no longer use. It’s tempting to hang on to items “just in case” but by creating a linen closet that contains only useful items, you’ll save yourself time, energy, and stress in the long run.
Consider Your Home’s Needs
Before you stock up on sheets, think hard about your family and home. As a rule of thumb, you should plan to have at least two sets of sheets and pillowcases for each bed or sofa bed in your house to ensure you’re never caught without a spare set on laundry day. We’ve discussed how often to wash towels before, so we recommend keeping a spare set of towels and washcloths on hand. It’s also important to consider the different seasons where you live. A well-stocked linen closet should have blankets or comforters of different weights, and sheets to suit your preferences for both cold winter nights and balmy summer evenings. Of course, we prefer the breathability of 100% pima cotton year-round, but some like to switch out lighter linens for flannel sheets come cooler weather.
As Always – Quality Over Quantity
Now that you’ve purged your closet of extra junk and done a thoughtful inventory of your needs, it’s time to invest in high-quality products that will make a big difference for your family and your guests. Don’t fall for the myth of threadcount, but instead look for 100% pima cotton sheets. The Wamsutta line of sheets and towels is made with PimaCott cotton, which is proven pure to guarantee superior quality for lasting softness and strength. By stocking your linen closet with high-quality cotton sheets and towels, you can be confident that your linens will stand up to years of use in your bedrooms and bathrooms. And this kind of long-lasting, durable quality means a better experience for guests, and less stress for you as a host.