It wasn’t until I wrote the title to this blog post that I realized I had a linen “collection”. Actually, that’s not true. I think I realize I had a linen collection (bordering on a hoarding problem) when I was taking all of my linens out of our butler’s pantry and I counted over 200 cloth cocktail napkins. That is pretty ridiculous. I think that these linens were secretly multiplying behind my back. I certainly couldn’t ever have bought this many …
My theme for my blog in February was Organization. So I started organizing our butler’s pantry which pretty much meant I had to remove every cloth napkin, placemat, and tablecloth first.
Don’t get me wrong. My linens were fairly organized. They were just packed in the drawers so full they barely opened. And there were so many napkins in the drawers I could never find matching ones.
So I laid out everything on my dining room table and started matching everything. Then my housekeeper helped me iron them. What an improvement!
I mean seriously, who has eight different sets of sage green cloth napkins? Anyone other than me, that is?
For a few years, I have been occasionally buying cocktail napkins. I always thought it would be way cooler to serve a glass of wine or a cocktail with a cloth napkin. Right?
Good thing I now own over 200 cloth cocktail napkins.
I think these vintage rooster cocktail napkins are my favorite.
After I organized everything I sorted by piles. First were the matching linen piles. Then there was the throwaway pile which consisted of old napkins, torn napkins, and random single napkins. Then I had a pile of stained napkins. Those were soaked in hot water and oxyclean for two days. They all look great now. If you don’t use oxyclean for your vintage linens, you need to get some because it’s the best stuff to get rid of old stains.
Next, I ordered some 1/4″ plain white cotton seam tape from Amazon and tied all of the matching napkins in bundles. This will help keep the napkins sorted and make it really easy for me to select napkins when needed.
The last step involved putting all of the linens back in the butler’s pantry drawers.
I had to lay them on their side because some of the piles were so tall. But I am really happy with my new organization. And I put all of my tablecloths in the second row of drawers.
I am pretty confident that I will now use these cloth napkins and tablecloths more often. They are so organized and easy to find. Plus, I would love to start using my cloth napkins and tablecloths for more casual dinners. Like even when I am serving tacos for dinner!