How To Organize A Linen Closet The Easy Way

If you’re looking to do a little reorganizing you’re going to want to know how to organize a linen closet the easy way.

The Monica Closet

CONFESSION: I have a Monica closet.

It hasn’t always been a Monica closet. It was once a well organized space but I did a little bit of reshuffling and it ended in chaos. The chaos has been successfully ignored for a while now but it’s time to tackle it.

Having lived with this disorganization now for a few months I can attest to the importance of having an organized space for your linens, towels, medications, and toiletries. After all, often when we need the items found in a linen closet the last thing we want to do is search through it. And if you have a snoopy guest you won’t be caught out.

If you’re looking for how to organize a linen closet quickly and easil then you came to the right place. After you read this you’ll have all the tips you’ll need to get organized and stay organized.

When It’s Time To Organize

You know the drill: you go to grab a towel from the linen closet and are greeted by a avalanche of sheets, towels, and other linens. Sound familiar? If so, then it might be time for a linen closet makeover.

A cluttered and disorganized linen closet can be frustrating and make it difficult to find what you need. But with a little bit of time and effort, you can easily transform your space into an organized oasis. Not to mention, an organized linen closet can help to make your whole home look neater and more put-together.

So if you’re ready to get your linen closet in order, read on for easy tips to makeover your space. You’ll be glad you took the time to organize!

Top Tips – Organize Like A Pro

One of the most common challenges people face when it comes to their linen closet is knowing how to get started. It can be overwhelming to look at a cluttered and disorganized space, and not know where to begin.

  • Figure out your organization style. Are you someone who prefers to keep things hidden a or do you prefer to be able to see your things? Do you like bins where you can just toss things in or do you prefer to have everything compartmentalized?
  • Read the best before dates. When going through your medications, lotions and potions make sure that you follow the expiration dates. Make sure to dispose of any medications by taking them to your local pharmacist.
  • Keep it easy. You will put things back if it is easy to do so. So keep things simple and make sure that everything you take away can be easily put back.
  • Go clear. Clear bins or boxes with a clear peep hole makes it quick and easy to see what you have.
  • Take advantage of vertical space. Use lids to pile containers on top of each other, create a second shelf with cabinet shelves, and linen dividers allow you to pile high.
  • Make it pretty. You will treat the space better if you enjoy it. By taking the time to make the space attractive you will be rewarded by your own willingness to keep it tidy.

If your linen closet is currently a mess, it’s time for a makeover. Luckily, with a little bit of time and effort, you can easily transform your space into an oasis of calm. Here are some easy tips for doing a DIY linen closet makeover:

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DIY Linen Closet Makeover: Steps To A Neat And Tidy Space

When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the contents of your linen closet, it can be helpful to take a methodical approach.

  • Sort everything into 3 bins. Label the bins with KEEP, DONATE, and TOSS.
  • Start by tackling one shelf at a time. Once you’ve completed the shelf move onto the next. Continue this until each shelf has been emptied and all of the contents are sorted in the bins.
  • Further sort things that share a likeness. Such as: oral care, hair products, linens, etc…
  • Once you’ve sorted everything, and you know what you are keeping you can begin the process of putting everything back in an organized way.

PRO TIP: If you don’t have large enough bins or extra totes use laundry baskets to sort. Just make sure that you take care of the contents asap because you are going to need those baskets back for laundry.

One of the best ways to clean up your linen closet is to get rid of anything you don’t need. If you have towels that are frayed or sheets that are stained, it’s time to let them go. Donate anything that is in good condition but that you no longer use. And get rid of anything that is damaged beyond repair. This will help to free up some space in your closet and make it easier to organize the remaining items.

If you want to keep your linen closet organized for the long term, it’s worth investing in some smarty storage solutions. These don’t have to cost a lot of money. Dollar Tree often carries bins and organizers. Just make sure that the bins are made of sturdy materials and that any handles are tightly secured.

Now that everything has been decluttered and labeled, it’s time to start putting everything back into the linen closet. Keep the items that you use most often accessible. This might include towels, sheets, or blankets. Store the less frequently used items, such as out of season clothes or holiday decorations, higher up or on the bottom shelf.

Once you’ve completed your linen closet makeover, it’s important to maintain your newly organized space. This means you need to make the time to periodically declutter and sort through the contents. It’s also helpful to put away items immediately after using them. This will help to prevent your closet from getting all cluttered up again.

PRO TIP: Set a time aside once a month to do a quick declutter and sort. This doesn’t need to take more then 10 minutes and if you do it regularly it will never get out of control.

Frequently Asked Questions: How To Organize A Linen Closet The Easy Way

Now that you know the basics to organizing your linen closet let’s delve in a bit deeper. The following tips will answer all the questions you may have about getting your space organized and then keeping it that way.

  • Do this part quickly. It might help to turn on an alarm to keep the process moving. We’re sorting, not walking down memory lane.
  • Put on some upbeat music to amp up the fun factor!
  • Sort things into piles by likeness and then go through these piles to sort out what to keep and what to get rid of.
  • Toss anything that is expired.

PRO TIP: A good rule of thumb: if you haven’t used it in the past 12 months donate it.

Storage solutions don’t have to cost a lot. For smart and cost effective storage solutions make sure that you get a bit creative and check out:

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  • Dollar Tree and/or dollar stores
  • Walmart
  • Ikea
  • Amazon
  • Office depots
  • Thrift stores
  • Garage Sales
  • Kijiji and Craig’s List
  • Toss anything that is ripped, stained, damaged, or broken into the garbage bins.
  • Take any expired medications to the pharmacy so that they can properly dispose of it.
  • Donate items that are in good shape to your local thrift store.
  • Donate any coats, blankets, winter gear, extra pillows, sleeping bags, or unopened feminine hygiene products to your local homeless shelter.
  • Recycle the boxes and containers that the products come in.

PRO TIP: To keep things easy have a 4th, smaller bin and label it MEDS. This will keep the medications that need to be thrown away separate from the rest of the TOSS pile.

We’ve already covered most of this above but because these are the most important tips for keeping your linen closet organized for the long term they’re worth repeating:

  • Set aside a day each month to do a quick declutter.
  • Use containers that you like and are in the colour that you like.
  • Labels are a linen closet’s best friend. Label everything.
  • Toss things when they are all used up or are damaged.
  • Go through your medications once a year and get rid of anything that is past it’s expiration date.
  • Stick to white towels. face cloths and linens. These are easier to keep clean with a good dose of bleach.

Jenny’s Finishing Thoughts On How To Organize A Linen Closet

A house ain’t a home without a linen closet. A girl needs a place to keep her towels, right? However, over time, it can become a cluttered and disorganized nightmare.

To keep your linen closet organized, it’s important to create a space that works for you both practically and aesthetically. This needs to be a place where putting things away is easy and you want to make this a space that works for your organizing style.

Take the time to think about all of these things. Then use the tips I gave you when you plan to organize your linen closet. This will help it stay nice and tidy.

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