Linen Closet Organization: small home/ BIG IDEAS

Tips for a beautifully organized linen closet. Closet organization

There was a fleeting moment that I felt like straightening up our linen closet while I was taking the before pictures. It’s kind of like when you clean the house before the cleaning lady gets there. I thought, “I can’t possibly show everyone how guilty I am of closet-neglect for the past three years”. But after reading some of the sweet comments from my last hall closet organization post, I’ve realized that a lot of my readers have even greater challenges than we do when it comes to finding closet space. Many of you have larger families and/or smaller homes. If I can inspire at least one person by showing them how our linen closet went from overflowing to organized, then I feel like I’ve accomplished my goal. There’s a wonderful thing about closets…they usually have doors…doors that can hide a multitude of sins. Just opening the door to our linen closet was causing me to be stressed out. I couldn’t find anything I needed! Ready to see what I’ve been hiding?

before linen closet picture.

You won’t believe the after! It’s been so nice to finally see the linen closet organized that I’ve kept the door open for the past few days.

Hall linen closet organization ideas

I knew what a difference it would make to paint the door and the shelves white after seeing the results a little paint made when I organized our other hall closet. After pulling everything out, I sorted everything into five piles. 1. Stuff that would go back into the closet: I only kept the white sheets since they can be bleached. I got rid of anything that no longer fit our new extra-deep mattress. I also made sure that I only put things that I’ve actually used in the past year back into the closet. 2. Goodwill donations 3. Home decorating items: These went into a bin for the storage building. If I don’t use these things in one year, they will go to the Goodwill. 4. Things that can be stored in the boy’s room: I now keep the boys’ sheets in their dressers so they can get to them easily to make their beds. Since our oldest son’s room is used as a guest room when my parents come into town, I put the blankets and pillows for guests in a chest at the end of his bed. 5. Items to put on Craigslist: In the before picture, I had a few items on the floor that I need to sell.

After organizing and putting everything back in the closet, it looks like we have twice as much room (or half the junk).

Ideas for an organized linen closet- Simplicity In The South.

The linen closet is in the middle of the house and beside the hall bathroom. Rather than digging underneath the kitchen sink cabinet to get cleaning supplies, I’ve put some in a fabric covered bucket close to where they are used most often. I bought the metal labels several years ago for this closet, but wanted to wait until I painted the shelves before I put them up. These shelf label holders are similar or you can look for them in the scrapbook section of the craft store. After seeing some Swiss Army baskets from Refresh Interiors, I spray painted some old baskets white and used craft paint to add the red cross. I had planned on using them in the boy’s bathroom, but for now the baskets hold pillow cases and ironing supplies. The ironing board cover was made by Lett’s Sew Something on Etsy.

Linen closet organization ideas. Labeled shelves and Swiss army baskets.

The chrome shelf dividers keep everything looking neat. I bought these at Bed Bath and Beyond but you can also find the shelf dividers on Amazon. 

linen closet organization ideas. labeling shelves I’m a bit of a bin/basket fanatic! This one usually goes with us on trips to the beach, so it will be grab-and-go. Linen closet organization by Simplicity In The South. Beach towel jute bin. And since it’s always fun to see a before and after picture! Before and after picture of organized linen closet I hope that I inspired some of you with some ways to get organized! If you’d like to see the rest of my organization projects, click here.

Click this link to see my other reorganized hall closet in the picture below. 

Hall closet organization. tricia tag

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  1. Well. Last week, I found the Hose of Rose blog by a sweet accident, and today I found YOUR blog, because she had linked your driftwood heart project, and now… well… Now I am head over heels in love with YOUR blog, too! I may become a crazy stalker (which is better than being a crazy cat lady, with 17 kitties and a poorly-cleaned litter box, I guess). I have already taken your home tour, and I ADORE your closet-turned-desk in your teenage son’s room, and I BIG-PUFFY-RED-HEART-LOVE the shelves and baskets in your laundry room. I have to say that decorating is not my spiritual gift, although I can clean a toilet and scrub a kitchen floor better than most anyone. I would love to have you over for coffee… along with Mandy from House of Rose… and when the two of you were done with your cups of coffee (because I am ladylike enough to let you finish), the two of you could just be turned loose on my house. Y’all could say, “You need a sign here!” And, “You need a driftwood heart here!” And, “These are the ugliest throw pillows I’ve ever seen, so please order THESE PILLOWS from Etsy and get rid of yours!” And then whew! Things would look rather lovely around here, I’m sure. Anyway, I may very well pop in from time to time here and see what you’re up to. You’ve done a great job with this blog!

    • Hi Jedi! Glad you found my blog! I too, love House of Rose’s blog. If nothing else, we can all meet up for a virtual cup of coffee one day. We can trade decorating ideas and in return, you can motivate me to clean my house. I don’t mind the blog stalking at all just as long as you do say “hi” every now and then because I love your sense of humor! 🙂

  2. I wish I had just one closet in my house that looked this pretty when I opened the door! I mean, seriously good!!! I may be totally copying the red cross basket idea 🙂 GREAT JOB Tricia!

  3. Wow! What an improvement! My linen closet could use some tender loving care right about now – might have to steal some of your ideas 🙂 Off to pin for future reference.

    I’d be thrilled if you’d link up at this week’s Off the Hook!

  4. Your linen closet is beautiful!! I pinned it 🙂


  5. Love this! I’d like to invite you to link up to Saturday Spotlight @ Angels Homestead.

    Hope to see you there 🙂


  6. I love all your organization tips!! I need to watch and learn. 😉 I haven’t gotten to the organizing in my home that I need to! But you have inspired me to get on it. 🙂

  7. Love this project and how pretty you make the “after”. I bet you left the doors open 😉 I would too! The baskets are darling, you decorated them up so cute!! And don’t get me started on those awesome dividers…


  8. What a fantastic transformation. I love the pops of colour on your bucket, baskets and ironing board. Great job!

  9. Nicki@DispensingMe says:

    Wow! This looks so great! I just found your blog via tatertots and jello, and I’ve already added you to my favorite blogs! Love your style.

  10. I have a long way to go, but you have inspired me 🙂 Love your closet!

  11. What a fantastic re-do! You just might inspire me to re-do my own little linen closet. 😉

  12. I laughed at your hesitation to post the before photo because I actually had that exact same feeling this week! I’ve blogged about the same topic – Decluttering & Organising my Linen Closet. It’s one of those areas that seems to get put off until you have that “Enough is enough” moment. I love your finished product – the labels are beautiful!! Definitely a job to be proud of. 🙂

  13. Beautiful organized space! I love how everything has it’s place.
    Where did you get the basket for your beach towels?

    • I got the bin that holds the beach towels from Lillian Vernon several years ago. They were called the “wide jute bin”. Unfortunately, they don’t sell them any longer. I found something similar online a while back, but it would have been shipped from Australia and the shipping was crazy expensive.

  14. I love the closet! Gorgeous – what a difference it makes. Can you tell me where you found the basket for the cleaning supplies, and the beach towel tote? Much appreciated!

    • Hey Jamie! I made the cleaning supply bucket with a galvanized pail, fabric and mod podge. I have the tutorial how to make one here. Sorry the pictures are so small on the tutorial. They magically shrunk when I moved from Blogger to WordPress. 🙂 I bought the beach towel tote from Lilian Vernon a while back and is no longer available. It was called the “wide jute bin”.

  15. I love the closet! Gorgeous – what a difference it makes. Can you tell me where you found the basket for the cleaning supplies?

  16. Jennifer Malick says:

    Any chance you can let us know where you bought your shelf dividers and shelf labels? It looks wonderful. It has inspired me!

    • I’m so glad to hear that, Jennifer! Thank you! I bought the shelf dividers at Bed Bath & Beyond a couple of months ago but they were out of stock at our store when I went back there last week to get some more. I put the links to where you can buy the dividers and the shelf labels in my post from Amazon. The shelf labels that I bought were from someone on Ebay that has closed their store but the ones on Amazon are the same size.

  17. I love it! Where did you get the ironing board cover?

  18. This is a beautiful closet re-do! Our multi-tasking front hall closet is next on my list to organize, so this is super timely and very inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

    -Chaney (came over from your feature at IHeart Organizing!)

  19. I found your blog from an IHeart Organizing post. Your linen closet looks great–totally swoon-worthy! We too live in the Upstate (Taylors/Greer area). It’s good to find fellow bloggers so close by 🙂

  20. Nice job! I found this via Pinterest. I just reorganized my own closet this weekend. It’s not as polished, but at least it looks organized now. Your last picture of the craft closet made me laugh because I have used the same green contact paper to line shelves in my garage and I have the same green-handled tubs from Target that I use for acrylic craft paints. I think I actually have the same white mini drawer organizers too (but only one of them). They work great!

  21. To restate what Erin@managingthemanour says: totally-swoon-worthy. To use my words, a very impressive overhaul/re-organization project! I adore everything about it. Thankyou for posting these organization-projects.

  22. Love it – we are getting ready to move and I’m promising myself that my linen closet will be MUCH better organized in the new house. Your organization tips are great!

  23. Loved the make over. Painting the inside of closets white is amazing right. It really goes to show how much stuff we have in our linen closets that we don’t actually use. Well done.

  24. very fun, Tricia … and certainly motivating! I love as much white as possible … it opens everything up and makes life simpler!

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    I was so frustrated today and put into the search criteria some ideas and up came your first picture of an orderly linen cupboard. Well done, fantastic!
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  40. I wish my closet looked like yours! I can’t find anything there and I should definitely clean it up. I have old towels and I should throw them into the garbage. Thank you for the interesting hints!

  41. Hi, can you tell me where you got the large jute tote that is showing at the bottom of the closet? I’ve been looking for one of those for a very long time.
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