Here's the before:
All the quilt covers, fitted sheets, etc. piled on top of one another so that when you go to pull one out you often cause an avalanche. Although the new method won't completely avoid this, it does make an awful lot of sense.
Gather together your quilt cover, fitted sheet and pillowcases for each set that you use on your beds. Put everything inside one of the pillow cases and stack the bundles on top of one another with the least used at the bottom.
Here's the after:
Not a whole lot different I know, but now when I pull out a set, it is all bundled together and ready to go. There was of course the odd sheet that I couldn't do this with and a few others that went on the donation pile.
This method also helps you to see where you don't have matching sheets and pillowcases. And yes, you can always go into another bundle and remove something, if you find yourself short of an item.
If my linen cupboard actually had shelves, it would be even tidier.(I'm working on it, but in the meantime I'm happy to receive any help where I can!)