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5 Steps to an Organized Linen Closet

Linen closets are one of the most neglected spaces in the house. Between towels, sheets, and variety of toiletries, it’s no surprise how your linen closet can easily become a jumbled mess.

The good news: with a few tweaks, and some inexpensive product you can quickly turn your closet from a cluttered mess to an inviting space.


 Step 1: Decide which items you want to live in the space.  For example,  sheet sets, extra blankets, towels, toiletries such as spare toothbrushes, shampoos,  conditioners, first aid, etc.

 Step 2:  Remove all the contents and sort by “like” items. I call this my  organizing ESP: Empty, Sort, Purge.  It’s the easiest way to see everything you  have in your space.

 Step 3: Eliminate any items that don’t fit into those categories.    Anything that you find that doesn’t belong in the linen closet needs to move  elsewhere. Purge any items that have expired, and toss any towels or sheets that are fraying or that you no longer used.  Tip: You do not need any more than 2 spare sets of sheets per bed. 





Step 4: Purchase baskets or bins to scale. One of the easiest ways to organize a space is with the use of bins and baskets. I keep king sheets in one basket (for my bed) and full sheets in another basket (for my girls).  Since I am not perfect at folding fitted sheets, the baskets hide any imperfections while giving the shelves a clean appearance. Use smaller bins to corral smaller toiletry items.

Step 5: Label.  Take the guesswork out of wondering what items are in each bin. Easy to read labels enable everyone to easily find what they are looking for.

With the holidays around the corner and many of you hosting out of town guests, November is a great time to get your linen closet looking better than ever.

If you really want to go the extra mile, put together a basket for your guests. Include various size towels, soaps, lotion, toothbrushes, toothpaste and any other personal goodies that will make them feel welcome.

Happy Organizing!