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4 Steps to Organizing Your Linen Closet

When you think about how your linen closet looks right now, how does it make you feel? Calm? Happy? Overwhelmed? If you are like me, then it is making you feel very overwhelmed and actually a little sad. I was tired of feeling like everything was going to fall on top of me every time I opened my linen closet, so I did something about it: I organized it. Not only did I organize it, but I deep cleaned it AND de-cluttered—and it only took me one hour. One! And now I don’t want to cry every time I open the closet door. 

If you, too, want a Pinterest-perfect linen closet, you’ll need 3 things:

1. Sturdy Shelving: Most closets already have shelving, but if yours doesn’t for some reason, try this shelving unit from Target or find one that will fit the dimensions of your space.

2. Baskets & Bins: Get some baskets and bins that will fit nicely inside your closet. My baskets are from Walmart and I absolutely love them! They come with a liner and a chalkboard label on the front.

3. Labels: I think labeling what is in your baskets makes organizing SO much more efficient. And if you can find pretty labels like these ones from Walmart, that makes it even better.

Once you have your supplies ready, here’s what to do: 

Organized Linen Closet

Step 1: Declutter & Clean The Surface

Start by taking everything out from your closet. Yes, I mean EVERYTHING. Empty the shelves and get everything off the floor, and wipe down those dusty shelves so you can start fresh. Go through your old towels and sheets and decide what you actually use and want to hold on to. If you don’t have a need for it anymore, let it go! Less. Is. More. 

Linen Closet Organization

Step 2: Designate Spaces

Now that you have a cleaned out space, it’s time to create categories. Decide on what all you want to store in your closet, and designate a space for each item—like towels, sheets, pillowcases, baby items, pet supplies, or any other miscellaneous items you might store in your linen closet. Separate the items by their category so you can determine what type of basket or bin will be best for storing them. 

Organized linen closet

Step 3: Label, Lady!

Once you know what is going where, it’s time to get to labeling! This makes it so easy to remember where things are, and adds a little character to your closet. 

Organized linen closet

Step 4: Fold & Organize

Lastly, organize all of your new baskets and folded linens. I placed my towels on the middle shelf because I use those the most and wanted them easily accessible. I placed the items I rarely need a the very top of my closet, and extra sheets and linens are stored in large baskets on the floor. Everyone is different, so just decide what works best for you and your household! 

Pro Tip: Keep a small step stool or ladder in your closet to reach those items that are stored at the very top of your closet!

Cleaning and de-cluttering my closet only took me about an hour when I followed these steps—which is such a short amount of time for such a big change! These tips can easily be used in other areas of your home, not just the linen closet—like your bedroom closet or even your home office. Here’s to not wanting to cry every time you open your linen closet.  Go on – get to organizing, girl!