Part of the small homes / BIG IDEAS series, I’m sharing linen closet organization ideas for the small-home-challenged. This gives you tips on how to decide what to keep and what to get rid of so you can have a beautifully organized linen closet too!
While I was taking the before pictures of our linen closet, there was a fleeting moment that I felt like straightening up.
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 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.
You see, many of you have much 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:
First of all, I had to decide what would have to stay. 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:
Next, I made a pile for items that were nice enough to give away. I keep a bag by the front door for Goodwill items. When it gets full, I throw in the back of the car and drop it off during my weekly errand-running days.
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 also to 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. It’s easier to justify spending a little money to organize a closet when you can make twice as much by selling a few items, right?
After organizing and putting everything back in the closet, it looks like we have twice as much room since we have 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 shelf 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 pillowcases and ironing supplies.
The ironing board cover was made by a shop on Etsy. That pattern is sold out, but this shop on Etsy has many cute and colorful ironing board covers to chose from.
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.
I admit 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. These are no longer sold on Lillian Vernon, but this slightly smaller jute bin on Amazon is similar. 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 or click on the pictures below of my favorite organized closets!
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