Is your linen closet overflowing with towels, blankets and toiletries? Is it difficult to find the item you want because everything is just so unorganized? If so, you’re not alone. Many people have problems keeping their linen closet organized – myself included.
There are times when I am just too lazy to put things in the closet neatly and after awhile, there’s a big jumbled mess on every shelf. This is not only frustrating, but time consuming as well, as you can spend quite a bit of time searching for the one item you need.
I decided to tackle my linen closet today because it was driving me absolutely bonkers every time I went in there looking for something.
It only took me about an hour to do and I am so happy with how it looks now!
This is what my linen closet looked like BEFORE the organization took place:
So, the first thing I did was remove everything. I took every single thing off of every single shelf and put it all out on the ground so I could see what we had. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are no toiletries. That’s because those are all kept in our master bathroom. 🙂
I had SO much extra stuff in there. Towels that we never used, sheets that had been sitting in there since the day we moved in, and old towels that I’d planned to make into rags, but never did.
This is everything that was in my closet (not including the vacuum):
Once everything was removed from the closet, I wiped down the shelves, vacuumed the floor and then it was time to purge. It’s very important to get rid of items you no longer need. Why hang on to something that is getting no use? I had 3 piles:
1) Donate – For the items I did not want, if I knew someone else could use them, they went into this pile. Many of the towels and sheet sets that I had were brand new, or hardly used. I don’t want them to end up in a landfill when they have so much life left in them!
2) Trash – Not much ended up in this pile. I had a few old towels that were stained with hair dye (my bad!) and then there was a few plastic pieces of… something. Who knows. Those all went into the trash!
3) Move – Some stuff that was in the linen closet was supposed to be in other places in the house. The old towels that were supposed to be turned in to rags? Well, they should have been down in the basement in the “rags” bin. There was also Elliott’s bath toy that didn’t belong in the closet. Once the closet was organized, I put those items in the spots they belonged.
Check out everything that was removed (for good) from my linen closet:
I then just stared at the empty closet for a few minutes, trying to decide how to best put all of our “keep” items back inside.
I decided to store our extra pillows and small throw blankets on the top shelf. Items that are not used very often should be kept up high. I don’t mind having them up that high, because I don’t need to take that stuff down very often. I put a metal divider on the shelf to separate the two types of items. I bought it at Solutions awhile back. I believe it cost me about $8.
The next shelf down now has our extra sheet sets and dog towels. We have some old towels that don’t look that pretty and we use them when we bathe the dogs. I don’t want to use our regular bath towels for that! We just kept one towel for each dog. Since they only need to be bathed once every month or so, we don’t need any more than that. I put another metal divider on this shelf as well.
We have 2 extra sheet sets. One is for Elliott’s big boy bed, which he doesn’t yet own… but will. The other sheet set is for the bed in the master bedroom. There’s a fitted sheet, flat sheet and two pillow cases. Both of these sheet sets are for winter time, since they are pretty thick. I plan to buy one lighter set (for the summer time) for each bed the next time I see a good sale.
We also have 3 nice face cloths behind the dog towels. We very rarely use these, so that’s why I put them at the back.
The third shelf holds all of our bath towels. These are used almost every day, so they needed to be at eye level for easy access. We have quite a few of these towels, but all of them are not shown because some of them were either in use or in the washing machine.
On the last shelf I have Elliott’s bath towels (they are smaller than ours) and beach towels beside those. I was hoping to store the beach towels in another closet, but there is honestly just nowhere that they would fit. There was room in the linen closet, so that’s where they will stay for now.
Finally, the floor is now where we will keep our extra comforter. Since the items on the floor are more likely to get dirty, I didn’t want to put much there. The comforter will go into a big Ziploc storage bag as well, to help keep the dirt and dust off of it. It is not in the photo, because my mother in law is here and she is using it. 🙂
To finish everything off, I took out my label maker and made some simple labels for on every shelf. Doing this ensures that no matter who puts the items away, they will know where they go. It also just makes me happy when I see labels. I’m crazy like that.
Here’s what my linen closet looks like after it was organized:
So now the linen closet is organized and I can find things with ease. I smile every time I open the door. There’s just something about an organized space that makes me so incredibly happy.
Have you done any organizing lately?