We have crossed the halfway point in the Home Organization Challenge!! WhooHoo! It’s like reaching the peak of the hill and now we’re heading back down it.
This week we are tackling the linen closet. Having an organized linen closet it makes it much easier to find what you need.
Throughout the years I’ve organized the linen closets we’ve had multiple times. I would never be completely satisfied with how it would look and would always re-arrange it. This past year I finally came to my senses and realized what was needed: Storage Bins
Using storage bins has completely changed how the linen closet is organized. It’s all uniform now because all the bins in there are the same color with labels.
Alright let’s get your linen closet organized, here’s how you can do it:
- Empty out the closet completely. Take everything out of there and start with a clean slate. It will help give you a better visual when you are starting to put it all back together.
- Sort by category. Each person’s spaces vary but here are some suggested categories:
- Bath Tissue
- Cleaning Products
- Hair Styling Tools
- Purge each category. Go through each category and purge it. If you are going through your towels, get rid of any that have holes or are ratty. Make it your goal to have consistently among the categories. If you have a lot of mismatched towels, it might be time to get some new ones. When you are sorting through your products, get rid of any samples you have. Chances are you’ve had some for quite some time and are keeping them “just in case”. If you are going through your bedding, keep one extra set of sheets for each bedroom and a set for a blowup mattress if you have one, get rid of the rest of them.
- Decide on your organizing style for that space. There are a plethora of bins and baskets out there that can help you keep your space organized. You want to enjoy what you are looking at when you open up that closet. Do you prefer light or dark bins? Do you want to see what’s inside of the bins? If so, wire baskets might be the best option for you.
- Store the frequently used items where they are easy to access. Start with the items you use the most and then work from there. Start in the middle of the closet and move up or down as necessary. Towels are likely to be the ones used the most and a good place to start. Keep in mind you don’t want to be reaching high or low for something used frequently. Extra bedding such as sheets and pillows can be stored higher.
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Here’s how our linen closet looks now