Organizing our linen closet has been on my to-do list since the beginning of January. It was just one of those things, that every time I opened it I was immediately stressed out.
I finally got around to organizing it this weekend and man does it feel good!
A few years ago, I made a lazy attempt at organizing our linen closet. I purchased a few plastic baskets and put all of our medicine/toiletries in them. That was no longer cutting it. The few shelves we do have in our linen closet were over stuffed with extra toiletries, mismatched sheets and towels that were not worth keeping.
I certainly wouldn’t consider myself a super organized person, but I do like things to have a place and I hate a lot of clutter.
When I set out to organize our linen closet, I knew I had to keep it practical. I love all the pretty images on Pinterest where the baskets are all labeled, matching and evenly spaced (what I’d give), but that just isn’t practical with how we live or the space we have. So in keeping it practical my biggest concern was making sure everything had a specific place and that everything was easily accessible.
So after I gathered a few more baskets, I spent the afternoon organizing my linen closet (#thisis30) and thought I would share my top 3 linen closet organization tips with you that I learned throughout the process.
Linen Closet Organization Tips
1. Narrow down to the essentials
First things first, you have to get rid of the unnecessary. This is the easiest part for me. I hate having “stuff” that I don’t use taking up space (which is why I clean out my closet so often), so when I got started on the linen closet that was the first thing I did. Here’s a few things to do/consider:
- Look at all the medications and check the expiration dates. We had so many bottles of expired medication just taking up space in that closet. Not safe and totally unnecessary.
- Get rid of mismatched sheets. We had a couple fitted sheets that did not have a flat sheet to match. Or pillow cases that were missing it’s match. It felt good getting rid of all of that.
- Consolidate. We had like three bottles of the same allergy medication, 2 bottles of the same pain medication and like 5 bags of cough drops. I consolidated them all, so now we only have one of each. So much more calming. Ha!
Getting rid of the unnecessary and keeping the essentials will help you get an idea of what you need to fully organize the closet as well as how much space you truly have.
2. Use organizers and baskets so everything has its place
Baskets and organizers make organizing a million times easier! I’ve tried just placing things on the shelf, but if ti is sheets or towels, they always end up in a big mess. If it’s toiletries or medication, you always have to reach behind to get what you need and everything around the one you are looking for falls. It’s a mess, to say the least. Here is what I ended up purchasing:
- Lazy Susan Turntable – I intentionally purchased one of these to store our medication and while I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the other, I ended up using it for all of our sunscreens/lotions we had laying around.
- Wire Stacking Baskets – I used two larger wire baskets to store our sheets in as well as a duvet cover. Then two smaller ones were used to store pillowcases and washcloths. I love that they look good, but that you are able to see what is inside of them. I wish I would have purchased one more smaller basket because I ended up having to use an older plastic one for the items we have multiples of (soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.). It gets the job done, but ya know, aesthetics.
- Large Baskets – I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to use these for, but they ended up being perfect to store all our mismatched towels.
- Wicker Basket – This one I already had, but it was the perfect basket to hold all of my make-up bags and travel-size containers as well as a few odds/ends in the beauty/hair department
Compartmentalizing everything is really the biggest thing in it being organized versus not. Plus having baskets/bins to store everything makes keeping things in their place that much easier.
3. Consider placement
This is a big one for me. I hated that when I needed something I had to move 50 other things in order to get it. So when I was organizing all of our items into the bins/baskets and figuring out the shelf placement, I really kept in mind the things I get in that closet most often for.
So for the extra sheet sets, duvet cover and pillow cases, I put all those on the very top. We rarely get in there for those, so up high and out of the way is the best option. Medicines, washcloths and gym towels are probably the things we get in there most for, so I placed them on the most accessible shelf. The bottom shelf I placed all of the things we use, but not on a daily basis. And the larger baskets on the floor was the perfect solution for all the extra towels, that we definitely use.
Just like the bins/baskets help to give everything a place, so does having a dedicated shelf space for them. It helps to keep things neat, accessible and organized.
Another tip that I think is a great idea, but just not really practical for our set-up, is labeling everything. It definitely adds that extra touch to the organization. Plus it will make it easier to keep things in their dedicated place.
Now that I have finally organized my linen closet, I am feeling the urge to organize everything. Next up will definitely be the kitchen.
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