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Friday, November 2, 2012

Organizing: The Linen Closet

I recently finished organizing the kitchen & now, it's on to the linen closet.  It seems that after we moved into our house, all those old linens from our apartment found their way to this closet to die...it was like a graveyard for old curtains, towels, sheets, pillows, & rugs:

See what I mean?  What you don't see, however, is the plethora of blankets & comforters that we had stored in the other room (since we clearly couldn't fit them in this closet).

My goal was to fit all of our blankets, sheets, towels, washcloths, & extra pillows in this one closet.  In other words, I was trying to keep the 'linen' closet dedicated to just that - linens only.  Any other random items that were hiding out in there (heating pad, beach bags, etc) would be relocated to our laundry room where we had a bunch of empty baskets waiting to be filled.

I know that a lot of people have to store more than just linens in their linen closet due to space constraints.  Growing up, my mom always kept linens (sheets & towels), toiletries, medicine/first aid, & paper products (TP & tissue) in our linen closet.

So in case you're wondering - we keep our toiletries & medicine in a medicine cabinet in our master bathroom.  All of our paper products are stored in our laundry room:
As usual, I began by pulling everything out of the closet - starting with a nice & empty blank slate:
There were a few things I did to help organize our linen closet.  First, I got rid of a bunch of crap that we don't use or need anymore.  That helped.  A lot.  Why were we holding on to window panels & sheets that we will never use again?  I also cut up any old towels & put them in the garage in our 'rag bin'.

Next, I picked up some inexpensive storage bags to store all those huge blankets since they are always too big & awkward to fold:

I decided to just flip the bottom shelf back so I could fit the storage bags more easily (& honestly, I was feeling too lazy to remove those wall anchors.  And, I suppose it's nice to keep the shelf there just in case we need it again one day):

I also bought an over-the door towel rack to hold some of our fleece blankets:

The rest of the closet was pretty easy to organize - just had to FOLD FOLD FOLD.  There was no getting around it.  

Here's one way you can fold a towel...a la the retail stores: (I used to work @ Bed, Bath, & Beyond my freshman year of college & this is my twist on their method of folding):

This is how I folded our sheet sets (fold the fitted sheet to fit inside the flat sheet & wrap it up - then fold the pillow cases around the sheets):
I've also seen people store the fitted & flat sheet inside of the pillow case - that is an awesome idea too.

Here's a before & after:

I was able to fit 13 blankets in this closet when all was said & done:

The best part is that we spent under $15.00 - we only had to purchase the storage bags & the towel rack!


*Update* - I'm happy to say that our linen closet has actually stayed exactly like this since October of last year!  It really is true: when everything has a place it's so much easier to stay organized!


  1. What a great idea to hang the towel rack for blanket storage! Your closet looks great!

  2. Everything is stacked so perfectly, I'm impressed! And I love the pretty grays and fancy towels. Just dropping by from twentysomethingbows.blogspot.com. I just followed you on Google Friend Connect. I would be so happy if you could pop over to my blog and follow me too :)

    1. Thank you Ashlee! Thanks for following! I will certainly stop by & check your blog out too! :)

  3. Where did you get your fun white lattice baskets? They're so cute!

    1. Thanks! They are from Garden Ridge - they usually have tons of baskets & bins there!

  4. Where did you get the over the rack towel bar and the storage bags??

  5. Please let me know where you got the over the door towel bar and storage bags. Thanks

    1. the over the door towel bar is from Garden Ridge and the storage bags are from Walmart. :)