The linen closet can often be one of the hardest working spots in an entire home. However, with bulky and unruly items such as pillows, blankets and towels filling the shelves, it can easily become overrun and cluttered, making changing the beds or getting ready for guests a true hassle. Use these tips and tricks for organizing your linen closet to give it the makeover it needs to get in tip-top shape!
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Corral Smaller Items
Linens and small items can easily become messy if not properly stored. Boxes, baskets, totes, and containers are a must for any tidy and well-functioning linen closet storage system.
1. Labels (exclusive to The Good Stuff!)
Be sure to label identical baskets so that everyone in the family can find just what they are looking for! Here’ what you’ll need to create the labels:
- A 4″x6″ rectangle of Ultra Firm Stabilizer (I used Peltex 72F)
- Two 4.5″x7″ rectangles in coordinating/matching cotton print fabrics
- A 10″x8″ scrap of heavyweight fusible interfacing
- A 2.5″x4.25″ cut of 20 gauge clear vinyl
- A 10″x1.5″ rectangle of matching fabric
You’ll need to fuse the fabric together with an iron and then trace and cut out the pattern. Then you’ll need to attach the vinyl to the front of the label and sew on the strap. You’ll have to baste the strap in place and make stitching lines. A little knowledge of sewing is needed to create your own labels, but they are well worth it because they are so handy when it comes to organizing your linen closet. Find detailed instructions and more images here.
2. Small Boxes
Source: A Bowl Full of Lemons
Small items, such as extra soaps, shampoos, lotions and more can become untidy and are easily tipped over on open shelves. Corral these smaller items into plastic shoe boxes or decorative totes.
3. Categorized Medicine
Source: Useful Beautiful Home
Organize medicines by purpose and keep them on high shelves, out of reach of smaller hands.
4. Over-Sized Totes
Source: Simplicity in the South
Large items like pillows and blankets can often unravel and topple on open shelving. Use oversized baskets to store these bulky items.
5. Unify with Color
Source: The Creativity Exchange
To achieve a well-styled and coordinated feel in your closet, collect bins, baskets and shelves in matching colors and finishes.
Maximize Your Space
Linen closets are often called upon to store extra bedding, towels, hygiene products, medicine, board games, cleaning supplies and more! Use these tips to increase storage capacity and maximize function in your closet.
6. Shelves & Drawers
Source: Batchelors Way
Get the most linen closet storage space by adding extra levels to break up large open areas. Add shelves where there are none, and insert drawers or slide-able shelves to access hard-to reach spots in deep closets.
7. Shelf Baskets
Source: Fox Hollow Cottage
Need a renter-friendly or simple solution for adding more shelf space? Add shelf-supported wire baskets to increase your shelf count.
Some items just can’t be nicely tucked into pretty baskets. Use these simple linen closet ideas for folding and storing the most unruly of the bunch!
8. Towel Storage
Source: By Stephanie Lynn
Shelf brackets added on top of shelves make perfect dividers for keeping linens sorted.
9. Rolled Towels
Source: Aqua Lane Design
Maximize tight spaces by rolling and stacking bulky towels. Unifying the colors amps up the style factor!
10. Folded Bedding
Source: Martha Stewart
Bed sheets, with the dreaded fitted sheet, can be the hardest to fold neatly. Use this tutorial to learn how to fold your sheets into pretty, stackable packages.
11. Hang Table Linens
Source: The Homes I Have Made
Digging through deep baskets for the right table cloth or runner isn’t ideal. Store table linens on multi-rung pants hangers to keep them easily accessible and wrinkle free.
Think Past the Shelves
While shelves are the most usable space in a linen closet, don’t overlook other ways to use this storage nook.
12. Behind Door Storage
Source: My Sweet Savannah
Wire shelving attached to the back of the door increases your closet’s storage capacity and makes smaller items easy to store and find.
13. Ironing Board on Door
Source: Tidbits and Twine
Use the back of the door to store an infrequently used ironing board. It keeps the unsightly item out of the way and makes use of an often-overlooked space.
Source: A Mrs Among Magnolias
Add a hamper to the base of the linen closet to keep used and dirty towels, rags, and sheets collected until laundry day.
15. Step Stool
Source: By Stephanie Lynn
If you stack your supplies high, tuck a stool into the base of the closet to make getting things up and down quick and hassle free.