The Ultimate Linen Closet Designing Quiz

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The Ultimate Linen Closet Designing Quiz
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About This Quiz

Seeking a fresh towel, you open the door of your linen closet and are met with an avalanche of cotton. You realize it's time to improve the design of this important storage space. Challenge your linen closet organization skills with this quiz.
What is a basic truth about most linen closets?
Linen closets are usually a disorganized mess.
Linen closets are not only used for linen.
Linen closets are not only a place to store linens. Most people also use linen closets to store things like extra toilet paper, cleaning supplies and seasonal items.
Linen closets are a great place to hide clutter.

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What is considered as one of the most valuable tools for organizing a linen closet?
vacuum storage bags
shelf dividers
a door rack
A door rack will fit easily on the back of a linen closet door and give you valuable narrow storage shelves. The door shelf is a great place to store items that typically block your access to items like linens.

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What is a good way to derive maximum benefit from a door rack installed in your linen closet?
Designate a specific role for each shelf on your door rack.
Designate each shelf on your door rack to a specific role. For example, you can have one shelf for tissues, one for feminine hygiene and one for tissue products, and so on.
Space each of the shelves an equal distance from its neighbors.
Before moving items to the door shelf take an inventory and discard unused items.

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What is a typical disadvantage of a door rack installed in your linen closet?
You cannot put heavy items on the shelves without causing the door to stick.
Larger bottles of cleaning products typically will not quite fit in the shelves.
Smaller items often fall through the gaps in the shelves.
Smaller items will often fall through the gaps in the shelves or sit at odd angles. You can address this problem by using narrow boxes to organize similar small items.

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What is major benefit of organizing items by category in a door rack?
quickly locating a needed item
inventory control
A major benefit of organizing items by category in a door rack is that there will be no more stockpiling of items. You can see what you have and what you need when you write a shopping list.
less clutter

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What bad habit does a linen closet reinforce when it has the shelves spaced too far apart?
disorganization
collecting clutter
stacking items
A linen closet with shelves spaced too far apart promotes stacking items in unmanageable stacks. The whole pile can tumble down on the next victim who opens the closet door.

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What is the best depth measurement for the shelves In a linen closet?
12 inches
A measurement of 12 inches is considered a good depth for linen closet shelving. A shelf that is wider will encourage placing items in front or behind other items, resulting in clutter.
16 inches
18 inches

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What is another advantage of having 12-inch deep shelves in your linen closet?
You can reach all the way to the back of 12-inch shelves without stretching.
You can see items at the back of the higher shelves without a step stool.
You will have room for other storage ideas in your linen closet.
Sticking with 12-inch wide shelves in the linen closet will give you more room for other storage ideas, such as a door rack or an ironing board holder.

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What is a good rule of thumb for setting up linen closet shelving?
Space shelves at an equal distance.
Divide shelves and conquer clutter.
Dividing the closet shelves into separate categories will eliminate clutter and make the contents easier to find.
Store chemicals on the high shelves.

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In what location do experts consider the proper place to store a vacuum and accessories in your home?
a coat closet
garage or basement
anywhere
There really is no designated spot to store your vacuum and accessories. However, it seems that many people choose the linen closet as an ideal spot, which it is not.

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