Welcome to April, and the final month of the 2020 home organizing challenge! This week we are going to be organizing your linen closet, making it look fabulous and organizing it to make your life simpler.
I am imagining that after all the hard work of the last three months, you are feeling fabulous about your home right now! We still have some more organizing to do and today I am going to take you step-by-step to organize your linen closet.
Next, we are going to dive deeper into a few pro tips that you can use that will help you keep everything neat and organized long after you complete this challenge. Let’s get started!
Organizing Your Linen Closet
- Create your Keep, Toss, Donate and Gather totes, bins, baskets, or bags that you want to use to sort the contents of your linen closet.
- Empty everything out. A crucial part of any organizing project (as you are very familiar with at this point in the challenge) everything must come out! This can seem overwhelming, but trust me, the only way to truly organize a space is to clear it out and start with a clear, clean, fresh space.
- Vacuum, sweep, wipe down all of the shelves and drawers
- Decide what you will keep. Only put items you are going to keep in this closet in the keep bin.
- Group like items with like. You may want to skip ahead and take a look at our deep dive section of this post for some tips on how to store certain items to get the most out of the space in your linen closet.
- Put everything back – Group everything that goes together, and then put them away in your linen closet thinking about how frequently you use the items. You want the items you use most frequently upfront and easy to find and put away.
- Label, label, label. I can’t stress this enough. Labeling your containers will make putting items back into your closet a breeze, and will also make them so much easier to find when you need them.
- Mark your calendar. Each year, take some time to clear out, declutter, freshen, and organize your linen closet.
I love this idea! If you don’t have an armoire or cabinet, use under-the-bed boxes to create your linen storage.
Now that you have cleaned out, decluttered, and sorted the items in your linen closet, here are some storage and organization products and ideas that you can use to put it all back together beautifully.
Deep Dive: 5 Pro tips for setting up your linen closet
These pro tips will help you keep your linen closet organized all year round. You wouldn’t want all your hard work to go to waste now, would you? These organizing tips and additions will make it easy to keep your linen closet perfectly orderly.
- Add bins for bedding. Create a basket for each bedroom in your house where you keep the sheets and pillowcases that belong there. This makes putting laundry away a breeze and makes matching sets a no-brainer. We love these bins with these labels.
- Roll large linens. If you are storing off-season or extra duvets, rolling them up like a sleeping bag opposed to folding and stacking them can save you a lot of room in your linen closet. Alternatively, consider storing your extra duvets or bulkier bedspreads under the bed in a container that prevents dust.
- Toiletry Basket. Instead of letting all of your stock of toiletries or guest toiletries just float around loose in the closet, make a bin or box that holds these items. This way you won’t have bottles of shampoo, lotions, and skincare tipped over near your fabrics. You also won’t have to dig around in search of these smaller items when you need them,
- Rolling towels. Rolling up hand towels and washcloths and then storing them in a bin, we like this one saves a ton of space and keeps everything all together.
- Tall baskets. We all need back up of items that no one really wants to look at like toilet paper rolls and tissue boxes. Use tall bins or baskets to do double duty of holding and hiding these items.
Your linen closet gets a lot of use. From changing sheets to getting a fresh towel, to preparing guest rooms for overnighters, you are always counting on your linen closet to hold the things you need every day. Taking the time to do this linen closet organizing challenge will give you more organization and more space in this workhorse of a closet in your home.