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?
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.
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).
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.
The chrome shelf dividers keep everything looking neat. I bought these at Bed Bath and Beyond. 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. And since it’s always fun to see a before and after picture! 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.
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