Practical Linen Closet Organization Ideas

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Today I’m sharing some practical linen closet ideas. 

I’m thrilled with how well my linen closet is looking and functioning after I konmari’d it! It feels so good to know where everything is when my kids ask. No more searching for the mop bucket. No more digging through baskets for the advil. Now, I can find everything so easily!

organizing a small linen closet

Linen Closet Organization Ideas

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Unlike most reveals, I only concentrated on the organizing part, using systems that were already in place. A few years ago, I painted this closet and added shelving so that I could use it as a pantry. (The pantry is now in the kitchen.) Sure it could stand to be repainted, but that wasn’t the purpose of this project.

Before I got started, I spent a lot of time thinking about how I need this closet to function.

I knew that I needed to store:

  • towels
  • vacuum
  • cleaning supplies
  • dog food
  • pantry overflow
  • medicine
  • stepladder
  • extra toilet paper

Your list might look different.

Like I said, I used the konmari method to get rid of stuff. And while cleaning stuff doesn’t spark joy per se, having it all organized does.

By the way, I keep the bed linens in each bedroom. No one shares bedding in our house, so this makes sense for our family. Plus we have plenty of room in our closets on the top shelf.

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How to Organize a Linen Closet

  1. Remove every thing from your closet. The mess is worth it, trust me!

    linen closet before
    Linen closet before. It was used as a pantry before we built one.
  2. Only put things back that you’re keeping.
  3. Donate what you can and throw away the rest. If you’re unsure about an item, put it to the side. By the end of the process, you will most likely want to get rid of it.
  4. The remaining stuff should fit with plenty of room to spare.
  5. While you work, take mental notes on things that you need to replace. There’s no need to rush out and buy it now, but it’s nice to know that you should keep your eye open for good deals on new towels for instance.linen closet organization
  6. If you store medicines in your closet like I do, keep them up high if you have small kids. My kids are older and understand the risks.
  7. Speaking of medicine, go through them and get rid of old prescriptions and expired meds. It’s surprising how fast they expire! Take notes of what you need to replace.medicine basket in linen closet
  8. It’s also a good chance to see what you buy too much of. Straws, I’m looking at you.linen closet organization ideas
  9. If you have tons of cleaning rags, store them in a basket. I use a ton of rags for cleaning furniture.plastic basket with cleaning rags
  10. Matching baskets look nice together. They don’t have to be expensive. These were $5 each at the grocery store. Plastic is nice because if liquid medicine spills, it can be wiped clean.
  11. We hung the stepladder on the wall. As you can see, it is well loved, so it needs to be accessible. stepladder on wall
  12. A broom holder is great for corralling all of your long handled cleaning supplies.a broom holder holds brooms and mops
  13. There’s plenty of space for pantry overflow of less used items, like water bottle and extra sandwich bags. extra pantry space in the linen closet

organized linen closet



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