Revamp You Linen Closet with These 9 Simple Steps

Staying organized can be challenging, especially when storing a variety of items. A linen closet holds many products, and fitting everything can be tricky. It can quickly become a mess even if it only holds the necessities it was designed for.

Once it’s organized, you’ll be able to find what you need, know what you need to restock, and breathe a sigh of relief that this area of your home is tidy. Are you ready to organize your linen closet? Let’s get started with these 9 steps to linen closet organization ideas!

The steps to organize a linen closet are the same, whether in the bathroom or an adjacent hallway. Once you have gathered the essentials and set aside the time, you will find the task isn’t as grueling as you assumed.

1. Decluttering

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Decluttering is sometimes daunting, but it is the best way to give your linen closet a clean slate. You would be surprised by the number of damaged towels and mismatched sheet sets that accumulate over the years. Follow these steps to declutter a disorganized linen closet:

  • Remove everything from the closet. 
  • Throw out any trash or damaged linens. 
  • Make three piles: donate, move to other space, and linen closet.

2. Take Inventory

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Once the closet is cleaned out, it’s time to take inventory of what you have. Doing so will help you to know what you have on hand and what needs replacing. Inventory looks different for everyone. Some ideas may be the number of bath towels, proper-sized bed sheets for everyone, necessary medicines, and any other items that belong. 

3. Clean and Adjust the Shelves

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Now that you have decluttered and completed an inventory, it is time to map out how the items will be placed in the linen closet. Before putting anything back, use the following steps to help you prepare the shelves:

  • Vacuum out the entire linen closet, using the hose attachment to dust all the shelves.
  • Wipe down the shelves with soapy water and allow them to dry.
  • Adjust the shelves to accommodate larger and smaller items.

4. Organize in Categories

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Looking at the piles of items you are putting back into the closet, create some categories for everything. The categories will streamline access to essential items and avoid future cluttered chaos. Here are some examples of possible categories:

  • Medical
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Bed linens (separated into sizes)
  • Bath and hand towels
  • Toiletries and other bathroom supplies
  • Cleaning supplies

5. Create Some Labels

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Labels are beneficial when organizing and are worth the time to keep your space organized and functional. Here are some ideas for what you can use to make labels:

  • All-purpose label stickers: come in various sizes and are self-adhesive.
  • Blank address stickers: smaller than label stickers, but are very similar.
  • Index cards: are great for writing what is in each storage container. Adhere with packing tape.
  • Sheets of paper: use white printer paper to print out labels you can tape to shelves and containers.
  • Sharpie marker: a black, permanent marker that is easy to read. 
  • Packing Tape: sticks well to wood and plastic and comes off when necessary. 
  • Label maker: a label maker ensures all labels are the same style and size.

6. Gather Storage Containers

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Some items can go into containers, and others will sit on the shelf. The easiest way to decide how many containers you need and what sizes is to note what you have and how you want them stored. 

7. Start With the Bigger Items

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It’s time to start putting everything back. Start with oversized items like bed sheets, bath towels, toilet paper, etc. They take up more space, so putting them in place first will help you to fill in around them. Bath towels and bed sheets might go right on a shelf, but placing them in large baskets helps maintain organization and appearance. Don’t ignore the floor space in the closet. A basket on the floor can hold toilet paper, cleaning supplies, or towels. 

8. Add the Smaller Items

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After the larger things are in place, it’s time to add the smaller items. Use bins, boxes, and baskets to store smaller items, such as toiletries, medicines, and anything else you keep in the linen closet. Look for areas that aren’t obvious if you need more space. You might be able to squeeze a small container in between the sheets and towels or other larger items.

9. Attach the Labels

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You have done the most challenging part of organizing. Now, add the labels to shelves and containers so you can see what is there without pulling everything out. 

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Anika Gandhi is on a mission to declutter and organize all the things around her and is here to inspire and encourage you to do the same!

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