Turn your embarrassing unorganized linen closet into a well-organized linen closet that you’ll want to show off to everyone. Learn how to organize a linen closet with ease. No special equipment required just a little bit of time.
I have a small linen closet that is dark and has deep shelves. Sometimes things get pushed to the back. I’m going to update my old dark linen closet.
You don’t have to follow the exact steps I’m taking when it comes to lining the shelves but the decluttering and organizing part will be the same.
Here are few other ways to organize your home
If you need help with the decluttering part you can download my free decluttering checklist. This will help you in any area of the home.
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How to Organize a Linen Closet
To organize your linen closet you’ll want to follow these instructions.
Step 1: Remove Everything from the the Linen Closet
First things first. Remove everything from the linen closet. It helps to start with a clean slate. Once the closet is cleaned out, give it a good cleaning from top to bottom. You’ll be amazed at how much dust has accumulated on the very top shelves.
Step 2: Declutter the Items from Your Linen Closet
Now it’s time to start decluttering. Place each item you pick up into one of three piles: Keep, Donate, or Toss. Don’t overthink this. The faster you go, the better. Chances are as soon as you pick something up you have an immediate reaction. Go with that reaction.
Step 3: Rehome Items That Don’t Belong
To keep an organized linen closet, try to limit your linen closet to towels, blankets, bedding, and miscellaneous household items. One of the reasons closets become cluttered is they’re filled with items that don’t belong.
Step 4: Line the shelves
My linen closet is small and dark, I wanted to lighten the closet up. One simple and inexpensive way to do that is to line the shelves.
I bought this roll of contact paper for shelves on Amazon for $5 and that was the only cost to this project.
Since I’m painting all of our interior doors I did paint the door and replaced the door handle with an updated one.
step 5: Incorporate Baskets
Baskets and organizers are great for miscellaneous items like batteries or extension cords. As you can see I’m using baskets for most of the items in the linen closet. Matching baskets will make the space look put together.
I bought 2 type of baskets for this project from Amazon. Here are the exact ones I purchased:
Inside each basket I added like items together. I grouped them by:
- Sheet sets
- Towels (different sizes bath, hand, wash)
- Batteries and extension cords
step 6: Label your items
Last, but not least, label your items. I added laminated labels to each of the baskets so when you open the door to the linen closet you know exactly what’s in each basket.
To use these labels first download the free labels. You’ll want to print them out either on normal printer paper or card stock. I did laminate mine so they’ll last. That step is completely optional.
Your closet doesn’t have to be cluttered. You can spend just one weekend to reclaim your closet and turn it into something amazing.