Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Works-For-Me Wednesday: Easy Blanket Storage

I have no linen closet, this drives me insane but I've learned to live with it. I have a few shelves in the bathroom for towels, but no place to store blankets, pillows, and other bedding stuff. So for a while all my blankets where just folded and stacked in my office closet, where they would fall over about 35 times a day so I'd need to re-fold and re-stack. I also have a bazillion pillows in there, for some reason we were re-gifted nearly 65 (*number may be a little exaggerated*) pillows for our wedding, I know because they still had previous people's names or receipts still with them. If you're going to re-gift, at least make sure you remove the original cards! Anyway, back to my blanket/pillow storage dilemma. I read a past WFMW where someone mentioned they store sheets by folding them and placing them inside the pillowcase that matches. What a great idea! I immediately started doing that. Then one day I was re-folding/re-stacking the blankets during my big closet overhaul, and suddenly had a brilliant thought! I grabbed a few extra pillowcases, folded the blankets, and amazingly they fit inside the pillowcases perfectly! That big down comforter that took up so much space and never folded right? In a pillowcase! That slippery, silky bedspread that would not stay folded no matter what? Also in a pillowcase! And so all the blankets were neatly tucked away in pillowcases and stacked nicely on top of each other (and the many pillows). Now I have an organized stack of pillows and blankets, though still in the office closet they now take up much less room. Now if I could only get Toddler to stop climbing the pile, that would help!

Check out Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer for more great WFMW tips!

10 comments:

Jane said...

I store my sheets in pillowcases, but I wouldn't have thought to put blankets in there.

Skittles said...

Now isn't that just the coolest idea!!! I can't believe people regifted w/o taking off the name tags lol.

Jen said...

No linen closet... that stinks. It sounds like you're making the best of a bad situation. Good idea!

Nikki said...

Thanks for sharing. I figured out the blanket thing a while back, but never knew about storing sheet sets this way. Great tip!

Emily said...

That is such a great idea! We have an abundance of baby blankets (most of which were given to us by friends, or handmade by grandparents) and it is hard to keep them under control! I only have two pillowcases, though, so maybe I'll see if I can find some at a thrift store.

~Nancy~ said...

Great idea!

Here's another blanket storage tip...obviously for off season, not regular blanket use.

Since they are MADE for a bed, simply put them ON the bed, between the mattress and box spring. I know you might think they would hang down too far or get bunchy but I have used this method and they are disguised nicely with a dust ruffle. When I flip my mattress seasonally, I remove what I need and freshen them. No bulky out of season storage headaches!

Shane said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! What a neat idea....I'm going to give it a try.

Larae said...

Awesome tip! Thanks for sharing =)

Mags said...

Ah, yes. This is a great idea-I've been doing it for years and it helps hide the fact that I can't properly fold a fitted sheet!! Also, it stops me from losing 1 pillow case.

Can you store things under your bed? They have those big vaccum bags that suck air out of things and then you can slip them under with ease...

~yolanda said...

What an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing!