Organizing Tablecloths

We basically have 4 sizes of tables:

Our square cloths are sometimes necessary on a card table.
Our square cloths are sometimes necessary on a card table.
  1. Round — seats 4 people — 48 inches
  2. Round plus 1 leaf — seats 6 — 72 inches
  3. Round plus 2 leaves — seats 8-10 — 96 inches
  4. Round plus 3 leaves — seats 12 people — 120 inches
Although the kitchen table is round it can accommodate a square tablecloth.
Although the kitchen table is round it can accommodate a square tablecloth.

We mostly use tablecloths on the round table in the kitchen

My favorite cross-stitched cloth fits the dining room table with one leaf -- 72 inches long (table length).
My favorite cross-stitched cloth fits the dining room table with one leaf — 72 inches long (table length).

and the dining room table set with one leaf.

This is a versatile cloth which can be used with one or two additional leaves in the 48-inch round dining table.
This is a versatile cloth which can be used with one or two additional leaves in the 48-inch round dining table. (1 leaf here)

When the dining room table is set with 2 leaves we use a natural-colored damask cloth which we also use with just one leaf.

A vintage Christmas cloth fits the dining room table with one leaf.
A vintage Christmas cloth fits the dining room table with one leaf.

The tablecloths have been strewn all over the house during the renovation: some in kitchen drawers, some in the dining room windowseat, some in the laundry room, and the rest in the back bedroom on the bed.

I have at least 29 tablecloths.
I have at least 29 tablecloths.

This is really unmanageable so I laid all the cloths out in piles according to size:

  •           Pink damask                  46 x  64
  •           White damask                48 x  66
  •           Ecru lace edge                50 x  70
  •           White (in package)        52 x  70
  •           White damask                59 x  74
  •           White                             60 x  82
  •           Red                                60 x   84
  •           White                             60 x 100
  •           Ecru damask                  60 x 108
  •           Ecru cutwork                 62 x   80
  •           Dutch cross-stitch          62 x   80
  •           Christmas                      64 x 96
  •           White cutwork                64 x   96
  •           Cream/white flowers      65 x 112
  •           White damask                66 x   88
  •           White/white flowers (2)  68 x   84
  •           White/pink flowers        68 x 100
  •           White cutwork                68 x 102
I don't like the red tablecloth because it's a silky synthetic material -- I might keep the matching napkins, though, for Christmas and Valentine table settings.
I don’t like the red tablecloth because it’s a silky synthetic material — I might keep the matching napkins, though, for Christmas and Valentine table settings.

Then I eliminated any cloths (marked with a strikethrough) that I didn’t think I’d ever use, e.g. the red one. I really must try to pare the list down even more.

These drawers were filled with table linens we rarely use -- now just the kitchen tablecloths are stored along with napkins, dish towels, and pot holders.
These drawers were filled with table linens we rarely use — now just the kitchen tablecloths are stored along with napkins, dish towels, and pot holders.

I returned only square kitchen cloths to the drawers in the kitchen.

The closet in the back bedroom, Treetops Room, can house the cloths until the laundry closet is complete.
The closet in the back bedroom, Treetops Room, can house the cloths until the laundry closet is complete.

All others are hanging on hangers in the back bedroom until there is enough room in the laundry room for them to be stored according to size and, in some cases, purpose — for example picnic cloths.

The picnic cloths are specially sewn to stay on a table in the wind.
The picnic cloths are specially sewn to stay on a table in the wind.

I even managed to label the cloths according to their size and function.

How do you organize table linens? Bed linens? Bath linens?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

7 thoughts on “Organizing Tablecloths”

  1. Good for you, Jo! Over the last several years I’ve often thought of doing this, but somehow never get around to it. It was okay when it was just the tablecloths I’ve gotten, but now others have joined the mix from inheritance, etc. Maybe this will be the year I finally get down to it.

  2. Another feat you can check off your list! Bravo! At our house, we get organized, only to have to do so again after a period of use. Why is it that we don’t simply don’t put things back in great order?

    1. We’re busy people. But if we could just internalize the calm of looking for something and finding it in its requisite spot we would put everything away every time. Jo

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