I love cloth napkins. They can make an ordinary table feel more special! I’ve been collecting cloth napkins for YEARS! A few month ago I organized all my napkins, getting rid of many that were tired or outdated or unused. I kept only the napkins I use and love.Where do you keep your cloth napkins? Can you easily find them? Are they neat and in order? Today’s Practically Speaking is about storing napkins!
I used to store all my cloth napkins in clear numbered bins in a guest bedroom. Six big clear numbered bins. What was I thinking? I came to my senses when I almost wore a path from my dining room to the bin in the guest bedroom closet! Too far away… too many bins… too many napkins that I did not use.
When I stopped and thought about it, I realized that I really only used about one third of the napkins I was storing. Keeping them was a waste of energy, time and space!
So, I laid every napkin on the bed and grouped them in colors and styles.
Out went any single napkins!
Out went napkin colors I could not conceive of using again like the mauve floral napkins I’ve had for 20 years! Out went any napkin that had a fray or a stain or lipstick shadow. And out went any napkin that I had not used in two years.
The napkins left went here…
The top drawer of the Curlacue chest in my living room (across from the dining room) became a perfect home for my napkins! And ONLY the top drawer. I promised myself that I will ONLY keep as many napkins as can fit in this drawer!
I stood my napkins up “filing cabinet” style so I could see exactly what I have. And I packed them in according to color.
After I use napkins and they come out of the washer and dryer they get folded and go into the top drawer unironed! I iron my napkins using a heavy spray starch before I use them. Did you notice I have ordered the napkins by color? I must like blue napkins!
This system works very well for me, much better than the bins! And I don’t have to go up and down the stairs every time I need cloth napkins!
How about you? Do you have a great, organized way to store you napkins? Please share!
You might also like to see how I organized my STORE AND ORGANIZE MY PILLOW COVERS.
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