My linen closet has been screaming for some TLC for some time now. Take a look at the before picture below:
It’s a hot mess in there!
I’ve tried to organize it in the past as best as I can but honestly, I’ve never really given it much attention. Its very small and I try to store so much in it, despite its size, so it hasn’t been easy figuring out how to keep it organized.
But, I finally decided to tackle it.
Normally I would start off by decluttering, but I actually did something different this time. I went online and started searching for items that can help me get things organized and hopefully keep it that way.
I went on Amazon (oh how I love that site!) and searched for “linen closet organization.” I didn’t want to go crazy spending a lot of money but I knew I needed something to at the very least maximize the small space I was working with. I also planned on using items I already had on hand.
Once I found a few potential items worthy of living in my linen closet I started decluttering.
I decluttered one shelf at a time.
You may be tempted to take everything out and do the entire closet all at once but sometimes that’s not the best option if you are short on time (aren’t we all). If you are like me and don’t have a lot of time to sit down and ponder whether or not to keep the 5 mix-matched sets of bed sheets and that comforter you really don’t like anymore but spent too much on to toss (my case) then take it easy and do it shelf by shelf.
This approach may take longer but it will be easier in the long run.
I managed to finish all of the decluttering within two days.
Once you finish decluttering it’s time to look at what you’re left with and decide how to organize everything. I moved things around a few times before really figuring it out. I would take a few minutes here and there to come to the closet, move things around and see what made sense for how we’ve been using the closet.
Once I had a good idea where I wanted to put everything I went ahead and placed an order on Amazon. I ordered three “Under Shelf” wire baskets. I ordered mine a few weeks ago for $23.99 but sadly they are no longer available. Here’s a link to a similar item if you are interested: White Wire Under Shelf Baskets
As I mentioned earlier, I also planned on using items I already had at home. I had dollar tree containers that were not being used for anything so I grabbed a few of those. One container is actually a dishpan.
My dollar tree is kind of small and doesn’t always have many items to choose from but when I saw these dish pans I knew I could use them for something other than dirty dishes so I grabbed a few to keep on hand. I also used old boxes (recycled gift boxes and old delivery boxes) that were already in the linen closet. I had actually covered some of these boxes about a year ago with a navy blue and white contact paper.
I really liked the pattern of the contact paper so I decided to run with it and use it on a red box I had at the bottom of the closet.
I also found a navy blue tote bag that I hadn’t been using for anything so I used that to hold all our TP.
Below is the contact paper I used. It’s labeled “shelf liner.” Same thing as contact paper I guess, right? It was purchased a while back at a nearby discount store. It may look black and white in this picture but it’s actually a dark navy blue. I managed to find the same one on walmart.com but in white and gray. Here is the link in case you are interested along with a few others: Gray and White Shelf Liner, Another Gray and White Shelf Liner, Solid Blue Shelf Liner
And here is one of the boxes that I covered with the contact paper:
It was in pretty bad shape!
This is how it looks like now:
I’m no perfectionist when I use contact paper so I did get a few air bubbles but that doesn’t bother me.
I also used the contact paper to cover the linen closet floor:
Now truth be told, using the contact paper to cover the floor was very easy. As for the box, that did require a number of steps as well as some patience. It wasn’t difficult but it’s not exactly a quick job either. I didn’t mind however because I wanted to use up the paper. Honestly, I’m also a bit impatient when I start an organizing project. I like to get things done with items that I already have at home.
The second thing I purchased was Chalk Board Labels from Amazon:
I used these to label all the containers, the wire baskets from Amazon, and a few shelves in the linen closet.
I used this twine to hang up the labels that I couldn’t just stick on to containers:
You can get a similar one on Amazon which is where I bought this one about a year ago: Twine
These labels were so easy to use. There’s a total of 90 labels, 40 large and 50 small. They come in different shapes and they are reusable. The chalk pen is also easy to wipe off and start over if you mess up which I did a few times. Plus, they are very affordable! I paid $6.99 at the time of my purchase.
Here’s the link if you are interested: Chalkboard Labels
I kept things simple for the labels that needed the twine. I cut out the label, then cut a piece of twine a bit longer than the size of the pen. Then I looped the twine and taped it to the back part of the label:
I had a little assistant helping me 🙂
Then I taped the labels to the Shelves:
I left the open part of the loop out for the labels that I was going to hang on the wire baskets that way I can just tie them on to the baskets.
And here’s the finished closet 🙂 :
Here are a few Close-Ups:
And here’s a before and after picture:
I moved all the cleaning and laundry products up high so my daughter can’t reach them when she starts walking and I kept the paper products like paper towels, Kleenex and TP on the bottom.
The wire baskets from Amazon worked out great for the hand towels, a few bathroom items like bar soap and tampons and for my large cleaning rags.
The top shelf is the same as before. I keep two of our comforters there.
So, if you also have a small linen closet and you’d like to get it organized consider using items like the wire baskets to get the most out of the space. Always start off by decluttering and make use of containers of different sizes to help keep things in their place.
Here’s a couple of items I found online similar to the blue and white theme I used.
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