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I’ve honestly been dragging my feet when it comes to organizing everything in my house but slowly but surely I’m tackling each room (and all those little nooks and crannies) to the best of my abilities (and way better than I thought)!
Our linen closet has become a BIG “pat on the back” for me and I’m so proud as to how it turned out (although I’m still working on it…a perfectionist’s work is never done sadly *sigh* lol).
The linen closet is in one of our guest bathrooms and it’s kind of perfect because it’s like a little hotel suite fully stocked for anything our guests may need (whether they know they need it or not).
This transformation was a triumphant victory in itself because sis…we started from garbage bags and now WE’RE HERE!!
No joke, I used ripped up garbage bags (if you couldn’t tell in the picture lol) as my shelf liners because I REFUSED to put my towels that I dry my a** with directly on the shelf that won’t get clean no matter how hard I scrub (if you do put your towels directly on the shelf then don’t let me stop you but…#CuteForYouNotForMe lol).
But back to scheduled programming…here’s my tips that made organizing my linen closet an easier project for me to manage!
What to Put in Your Linen Closet
In my opinion, your linen closet can be anything that you want it to be!
If you want to only put towels and sheets in there, then go for it. If you want to add of your extra stock items for easy access then by all means stock it up!!
I opted for the 2nd option and had to prioritize what actually needs to go in the closet and what can find a home elsewhere (because my OCD and hoarder-phobia starts to kick in lol).
First and foremost, we NEED a home for extra toilet paper!! No one wants to be left assed out (literally) without any extra toilet paper handy so always have some nearby and in the bathroom.
Extra towels, extra washcloths, and extra bedding are definitely a must…
Next, any of your extra toiletries can go in there, too. This includes body wash, face wash, shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotions, first aid, medicine, etc. (maybe hair products and hair accessories if you can squeeze them all in there).
And lastly, cleaning products, I guess? If they’re not already under your sink (or if you don’t have any or much under-sink storage).
Some things that probably shouldn’t go in your linen closet are:
- brooms and dust pans,
- large vacuums,
- nail polish,
- extra snacks/food,
- and anything else that can find a home in another place.
Separate & Group Similar Items
Onto the easiest part, separate your items and group them with other similar items.
For example, keep your towels, washcloths, and hand towels together; sheets and pillowcases stay together; all first aid items should be together; and all body products including soaps, lotions, hair care, etc. should be considered part of the same group (unless you have room to separate them further).
Life hack tip: Store sheet sets together in their matching pillowcases to quickly identify which sheet set is which and never have to search for matching missing items!
Extra life hack tip: Put less used items on the top/ upper shelves like tissue boxes and extra blankets, soaps, lotions, etc. that you have in bulk (for restock) so they’re out of the way and provides easy access to essentials that are utilized more often.
Baskets, Boxes, & Bins
Baskets, boxes, and bins…OH MY (I had to haha not sorry about it)!!
Having the BBBs is essential to transforming a cluttered, hot mess into an organizer’s DREAM. It’s the easiest way to quickly make something messy look all cleaned up.
Take your separated groups and place them into your BBBs. You can also mix and match here, all of them don’t have to be bins or even the same design. For example, I have white, farmhouse-style baskets and also natural, woven baskets that I placed throughout my linen closet. They’re exactly what I needed to add texture and warmth!
Honestly, you can be done with your linen closet right here if you’re not all about the frills and extra-ness of having an aesthetically pleasing closet…but you’re obviously here for the pizazz so might as well keep going, sis!
Labels & Liners are Life
Labels and shelf liners make your linen closet (and basically your life) more functional and so much easier to find all of your necessary items at-a-glance and provides a clean and easy-to-manage surface for your plethora of things.
To save a little on your budget, simply cut index cards in half or to quarter-size. Then, write out your label and take a clothespin to pin it to any basket or bin (you’ll want to use the non-lined side of the card for a clean look).
OR if you don’t want to be as crafty, do what I did and purchase cute gift tags!! Most come with tying strings that you can tie onto your BBBs.
Utilize Your Floor Space
As you can see, I bought a huge bin to place under the shelves to hold as much toilet paper as possible. So, you can just…grab and go!
But essentially you can put ANYTHING you want on the floor. If you don’t want to put extra bed sheets and pillows on the top shelf then designate them to storage bins on the floor, for instance!
Or if you’re a water-based family like mine (or just like the beach/water activities) you can create a bin for all of your beach gear (i.e. rolled beach towels and beach toys).
Whatever items you decide to put on the floor, whether it be toilet paper, cleaning products, or beach gear, make it “aesthetic” and presentable to match the rest of the closet’s aesthetic.
Mix It Up & Be Creative
Don’t just follow along to everything I say (although it is a great guide lol). Mix it up and BE CREATIVE!
Put different items on the same shelf (like putting glass jars beside towels) or split up items (such as splitting your towels onto different shelves and onto opposite sides of the shelves to help add balance).
Hang racks or rods on the back of the doors to maximize your space. Utilize them to store your washcloths and towels if you don’t want to fold them. Or hang spray bottles and hair tools for easy access!
Life hack tip: step into the realm of organizing in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing to the eye and color coordinate (ROY G. BIV is always my go-to if you’re not sure)!
Extra life hack tip: Learn how to nicely fold and roll your towels. Follow this step-by-step for rolling:
- 1: Lay towel flat and fold the bottom piece under.
- 2: Fold one side of the towel into the middle. Repeat with other side.
- 3: Roll from the top and all the way down to the end of your folded bottom.
- 4: The folded bottom should create a flap. Tightly pull the flap over until completely smooth.
To fold towels:
- 1: Lay towel flat and fold the bottom of the towel under.
- 2: Fold half of the towel in a little past the middle. Fold the other side in until it completely covers the previously folded piece.
- 3: Fold the towel halfway, lengthwise (there should be space between this folded piece and the folded bottom).
- 4: Fold over again until the folded bottom flap is covered.
- 5: Flip towel over. Pull the folded bottom and tuck the towel into the flap.
Extra, extra life hack tip: You can also unwrap packaged items and place them in clear and/or glass jars so you know what everything is and your closet has a cohesive, clean look! For example, cotton balls, bath salts, body wash, etc. can be switched into clear, non-costly containers that still look nice. (Super cheap, we’re talking maybeee $2-$5 each and you can get cute, waterproof labels from Amazon for less than $10!!!).
At the end of the day, just get your s*** together and take control of your linen closet!
The feeling of accomplishment when you open that door to grab items and everything has its place, everything’s nicely folder, its neat, and it’s really NICE to look at (most important, right? 🙂 ).
Take your time and before you know it, you’ll have a Pinterest-worthy linen closet to brag about (just remember to always restock and put things back in the same order to keep it cute)!
What’ s your hardest struggle with staying organized? Comment below your thoughts and let me know how your linen closets turned out!!