If you are not having company to
dinner today, then it is a great time to organize your table linens.
It does seem that the only time we
think about doing something about the swooshed table linens is when
we are having company. Rushing about to set a pretty table, we’ll
mutter loudly that we don’t have time to press a tablecloth. Then
we’ll press it anyway and vow to get those tablecloths organized.
During the next dinner party, family
gathering or holiday, we find ourselves in the same situation.
Muttering, ironing and struggling to find eight matching napkins.
Using the corner of a closet for hanging tablecloths is
a great way to stay organized and cut down on wrinkles.
A rolling cart can hold matching napkins and napkin
rings. There’s still room in the closet for guest coats.
You can repurpose a piece of furniture for table linen
storage, such as was done with this old secretary desk.
The narrow top drawer is perfect for keeping small
stacks of matching napkins together.
If you vowed to organize your
tablecloths, place mats, and napkins, here are some tips to help you
if you can hang your tablecloths. You will have fewer wrinkles.
Corners of your coat closet or guest bedroom closet are good
your tablecloth into thirds or fourths lengthwise, depending on
the size, and then fold it once over the hanger. If you have
some small tablecloths, you might even be able to clip them on
skirt hangers without adding a fold to the center.
use wire hangers. The thin wire may leave rust marks and it also
will leave a sharp crease. Use a tubular plastic hanger, a
wooden hanger or even one with a cardboard insert, from the dry
cleaner. You can also minimize the center crease by folding an
old towel over the hanger first and then draping your tablecloth
over the towel.
you have tablecloths in different lengths, for use with a
different number of table leaves, then add a label to your
hanger. The label will help you identify tablecloth sizes
without pulling them off the hangers to try on the table.
Placemats can also be hung, if you have the room. Use skirt, or
clip hangers. If you are worried about indentations from the
clip, you can cut a small piece of an old towel to cushion the
clips or even a piece of soft foam rubber.
hanging isn’t an option, it is still a great idea to separate
your table linens from your sheets and towels. This way you
won’t have them as wrinkled nor will you have to dig for them. A
dresser or chest can be used for linen storage. Fold your
tablecloths as long as possible, in order to have fewer creases.
you have multiple napkin sets, there are several ways to keep
them together. You can clip them with a binder clip or tie them
with a ribbon. Clear plastic shoeboxes can be used to hold
you wish to use your coat or guest room closet for linens, you
can add a wheeled cart with drawers to hold napkins and napkin
runners can be stored either by hanging over a hanger, on a clip
hanger or can easily slip into a drawer. Roll your table runner
around an empty cardboard core from a roll of paper towels so
that you don’t have any creases.
sure to clean away any stains before storing as the longer they
set, the less likely they will come out.
your table is waterproof, you can apply a bit of stain remover
to the cloth while it is still on the table so that you can find
the stain easily. If your table needs protecting from moisture,
help yourself find the bits of food splatter or spilled wine by
grabbing some clothespins before picking up the cloth. Clip a
clothespin to each place that you need to treat a stain. You’ll
then find them easily in the laundry room.
aware that antique linens require special handling in both
storage and cleaning. You’ll want to use an acid-free box to
store antique linens in order to prevent their yellowing and