Any time I can get a space pulled together in our home, it’s a great feeling. Today I am sharing our newly organized linen closet with you. I partnered with World Market to share simple solutions for getting organized. Sometimes it’s the quick projects that can make the greatest impact. I may or may not accidentally leave these doors open now! It’s just so much more fun to look at.
These built-in cabinets are right outside of our laundry room. We are very thankful to even have a linen closet as we were lacking one in our former home. But I am hoping that no matter where you store your linens, you’ll gather some easy to implement ideas.
I’ll be the first to admit the before wasn’t pretty but it wasn’t terrible. Just disorganized and it made it really easy to just shove towels and sheets in here. Plus it was really difficult to find a change of sheets when we needed them. I also realized I had this entire space backwards. The towels take up the most space and yet I had them above on the narrow shelves. The sheets are more streamlined yet I tossed them in the deep cabinet. That was mistake number one. To begin, I unloaded everything and eliminated just a few items we no longer need. But 90% of what you see here went right back in to our cabinet. (Don’t mind the random striped top in there. I really didn’t edit before taking a before photo)!
STEPS TO TAKE
- Remove everything.
- Sort into what is staying and what is going.
- Re-imagine the space. Can things be placed differently?
- Measure every shelf BEFORE you go shopping (buy bins that fit the space well)
- Organize into bins and label
BEST KEPT SECRET
These bins are my new best friend. I stumbled upon them and thought maybe they would work. When I got home and tried them out it was a whole new ball game. I LOVE them. I didn’t even read the tag until I got home. It said, “Shower Caddy.” Forget the shower caddy, this bin is the perfect home for a set of sheets. No matter what size they fit perfectly. you don’t even need to fold them perfectly. Just wrap the pillow case around the set neatly and they look amazing. Plus the bin is lightweight and fits perfectly on a narrow shelf. The best part is that these are only $6.99. Sold.
In case you are curious, we have six bins. Our children each have an extra set of sheets, as do we, plus a bin for pillow cases, extra sheets and sofa sheets. Growing up, my mom would always make us a bed on the couch when we were sick. I do that for my children, too. We have a cheerful set of sheets with bicycles all over them. Anytime one of our kids is feeling ill, we grab that set and make them a bed on the sofa. I have no idea why we have 10-12 extra pillow cases but we do. So an entire bin is dedicated to that.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
While you can dream up any labeling system you wish, I kept it very simple by printing out names on cardstock. I cut them and attached them with copper paperclips. Done and done!
As I mentioned earlier, it made more sense to relocate the towels to the bottom cabinet. After all, they take up more space and the children need them more often. The four baskets I used for the bottom cabinet are labeled as follows:
- Beach Towels
- Riley’s Towels
- Extra Blankets
- Guest Towels
ROLL THEM UP
I don’t know why this never occurred to me, but rolling the beach towels saves space and allows you to see which towel you want to grab. No more digging to the bottom of the pile. Plus the basket holds seven towels this way.
Guest towels are readily available when anyone stays over. The extra blanket bin is great for when my daughter has a sleepover or when anyone needs an extra blanket.
Ok, moms! Listen up. So I often hear this. “Umm. . . Mom. I’m out of toothpaste.” “Umm. . .Mom, I don’t have any soap.”
Keeping up with what the kids have and don’t have in their bathrooms is not my strong point. So I’ve come up with a solution. The basket here now holds the extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps and more. When I hit the store, the new items now go here. If anyone is out of something they can grab it from this basket. So can guests. And now I only need to check one spot. Boom.
The travel size items are great for sleepovers or when guests are visiting but also help us out in a pinch. It’s so easy to open this and see if I need to add toothpaste or soap to my list.
ONE LAST LOOK
Isn’t it funny how we can live with a mess for so long and yet it only takes minutes to make a change. I’ve loathed this unorganized mess since we moved in and it was time to finally get a handle on it. To get a similar look you can shop my items below.
While this area stayed an unorganized mess for well over a year, it only took me about an hour from start to finish to get it looking like this. It really doesn’t take much time as long as you plan and measure first. Finding bins that fit your space is key. If nothing else, I hope you’ll check out the shower caddy bins for your sheets. They have changed everything over here.
If organization is your thing you’ll want to check out my latest projects.
Thanks for stopping in. I hope this gets you motivated to tackle a spot in your own home. Enjoy the day. xo
*Proud to partner with World Market on this post. Affiliate links used.
Ellen from Ask Away Blog says
Labeling and using baskets for my own linen closet has transformed it completely. I literally can not even fathom doing it any other way.
I feel the same exact way now. I keep eyeing other cabinets to see what I can do! Enjoy your day.
Dawn Scheurich says
Why didn’t I think of rolling beach towels?! Great idea!! I do hate having to take them all out to get to the one I want—will be implementing this ASAP!
As always, love your simple, streamlined design ????. Have a wonderful week!
Thank you, Dawn! I really appreciate it. And I am with you. It took me until now to finally figure that out, too. Plus it’s easier to toss rolled towels into a bag and head for the beach or pool. Happy it will be helpful. Enjoy your week.
I need to get some of those baskets. We currently have canvas bins and the sheets just don’t fit properly in them. Love the idea of keeping the extra basics in one spot.
You’ll love them, Lauren. I am ridiculously happy with them. Hope you’re having a good week. I’ve been thinking about you. xo
Thanks for this post! I’m in the process of re-thinking our linen closet, which is quite a generous size.. Meaning you can stuff a lot in and it quickly becomes disorganized. You’ve given me some great ideas. Love the botanical prints and gold vase. And with two teenage boys, they are constantly going through toothpaste, deodorant (thank goodness!), gel, etc. Great idea to have backups, and for guests too. Have a wonderful day!
Ok, I am inspired now to organize my linen closet. I am going to give it a try, but the hardest part for me is folding my sheets!! I have even watched countless videos and the fitted and flat sheet never seem to end up the same size. Yours look great:)
Love this organized space! Love the idea of rolling the towels…genius!
Love your closet and ideas! I will be using them as I organize our sheets and towels. Thanks so much!!
Colleen Bansley says
Love these organization tips!! What is the font you used for the label cardstock? I am a paper source junkie for organizing and entertaining. I love that font you used. Thank you for sharing!!
Thanks for the suggestion of an extras basket! Our previous home was a single story with one main bathroom that got 90% of the use, so it was easy to keep the extras right where we needed them. This new home what seems like a million sinks on two floors (from 3 total sinks to 6!) that get used and I’ve been struggling trying to keep an eye on supplies to keep them stocked! I like the idea of a central basket and people come to it for supplies.