How To Organize a Linen Closet You Will Be Proud Of
Most times we only think about our linen closets when guests are on their way over. Up until that point, it's a place where you randomly place your towels, sheets and other supplies on the shelf space that is open, which can make for a messy looking, and often underutilized linen closet. Implementing a few organizational practices can make your linen closet a space that is both practical and attractive. Here are the 5 steps to organizing a linen closet that you will be proud of!
The first step will be to declutter your linen closet. Figure out what should go in your linen closet, and find another place for the things that don't belong. When trying to decide what belongs and what does not (which will vary based on the household), ask yourself what types of things your guests will use on a daily basis that you need to keep a stock of. This could include:
- toilet paper
- cotton balls/q-tips
Take the time to be intentional about folding/placing the items in your closet. Even though it can be a bit tedious to perfectly press and fold towels and sheets, it makes a big difference in the overall look and feel of your closet! BONUS: Your linens will stack better and take up less space if folded properly. If you are struggling with tricky items such as fitted sheets or robes, here is a video tutorial of organization expert, Marie Kondo, showing you her favorite ways to fold these items.
Step 3 is to invest in the right storage solutions. These are the items that bring your linen closet to the next level. Based on the storage solutions you choose, you could add some style and personality to your closet space. We chose bright and fun copper wire bins and woven baskets to compliment them. Having a few different styles and sizes of baskets will also allow you options to store different types of items in a way that looks best and works for you. If you are running low on shelving space, consider finding a small shelving unit to place at the base of your closet. Our unit of choice was a pink 3-Tier MeshWorks® shelf!
Now that you have all of your storage solutions and items that belong in your linen closet, place your items in the closet in a way that makes sense. Ask yourself questions like:
- How often will my guests need access to these (towels, sheets, etc)?
- What items require more space or do I have a lot of?
- What items do I want to be easily accessible when I have guests?
The answers to these questions should determine how you organize the closet. If you have little ones who are always asking for a new towel, place the towels on a lower shelf to make them easily accessible. Since you can stock up on toilet paper in the bathroom and won't need to be making frequent trips, it should be just fine in a bin on the top shelf. The solutions will be different for everyone, but organizing the closet in a way that is practical for your lifestyle will save you a lot of time in the long run!
Step 5 is much easier said than done, but keep up with it! Taking a couple minutes each week to check your linen closet will give you the benefit of always having it stocked, organized to your liking, and ready! Another benefit is that if you organize it well, you will always know if you are running low on something (needing to do laundry to have fresh sheets) or needing more of something (toilet paper- this could prevent a disaster)!