$100 Room Challenge: Linen Closet

$100 Room Challenge: Linen Closet

Happy New Year Everyone! I have decided to start my new year off right by adding, some much needed, organization into areas of my home, because that is what we do in January, right?  I also decided to challenge myself  by participating in the $100 Room Challenge, sponsored by Erin from Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry.

So, let me give you a little back ground on what the $100 Room Challenge is all about. This challenge takes place twice a year.  January and September is when Erin invites us to redo a room in our home using only $100. As you can see the premise of this challenge is real simple: one month, one space, and $100. If you want to know more about the $100 Room Challenge, check out Erin’s post to see how the concept was inspired, and it’s colossal growth since she decided to start it!

Weeks at a Glance:    

WEEK  1         WEEK 2        WEEK 3       WEEK 4

 I have to admit,  I kind of feel like I am cheating a little….. since I am not actually doing a room.  I did review the rules and I can do a any space in my home, including a Linen Closet.  The only caveat is that I must stay within the $100 budget. LOL believe me, I can spend $100 in the blink of eye.  So, this truly will be a challenge for me. On the up side, my husband is completely on board with the $100 budget and would prefer me to implement this $100 challenge in all my room designs. To which I say “ha, ha, not a chance”. 

I guess I should give you a little background on the offending Linen Closet.  Here are my before pictures, so you can see what I want to rework. Okay, I can already feel the eye roll’s.  Yes, I know it’s not really that bad. However, I have unrealistic dreams of grander and a desire for impressive spaces. I want to toss open my linen closet and hear ooo’s and ahhhh’s from all that see it, LOL.  In actuality, if I can just open the door and make myself smile; then that is half the battle for me.  Clearly, I have a touch of OCD. 

The biggest thing that jumps out at me, is the ugly wire shelving. I would really like it to have a more polished look when I toss open that door. Spoiler Alert: This is where the $100 could go very quickly.  I am thinking I would like to see a rustic barn wood facia board. Maybe in the same gray color to match our shiplap fireplace that is on the adjacent wall. This time last year, we added a shiplap accent wall (link here) directly over our fireplace which  goes up two stories. So, when you are standing on this landing at the linen closet, it is directly in the line of site. 


I would also like to see a little bit better organization of the linens. So, I am thinking either baskets or totes to conceal our inability to have perfect store folded sheets at all times. Also, I would like to have a very uniform color pallet as well.  Which means hiding away anything that is not gray or white.

Speaking of my color pallet, you might notice that I only have only white towels.  This 100% absolutely true.  I decided 20 years ago when we got married that we would only have all white towels and I have never strayed from this decision. There is something about having white fuffy towels that makes me feel like I am at a spa. Plus, you can always get them clean and they never fade. It also cuts down on the number of laundry loads you have to do; since all my whites towels get washed together and bleached every single time. 

I am currently utilizing a basket to house the plethora of  wash clothes we own, and this is just what I keep in the linen closet. In years past,  I used to roll them up and stick them into the basket, again creating that spa feeling. However, lately with the number of house guests we host and the rate that they are being used, it has become rather time consuming.  So, I am looking for a better way to house them for our guests convenience that does not drive me bonkers when I do laundry. 

So there you have it,  this will be my many focus for my very first, $100 Room Challenge. I think this will be a great way to get my feet wet in regards to this challenge, with out completely over extending myself to get the project done. Besides, I am sort of joining the party a little late at this point; but I really did not want to wait until September for my first challenge. Wish me luck, and feel free to check out all the talented participants below. I know I will be going out to a few of my favorite sites and cheering on my friends!!!

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  1. Hi Jen,

    My linen closet is a huge mess. I can’t even think about it. However, I am thinking that you may be able to give me some ideas for a future closet, much needed, project. Looking forward to seeing it complete.

  2. Hey Patti, Thanks for dropping by! I completely understand the line closet dilemma, mine is just so…. blah. I am hoping to dress it up and make it clean and tidy. I have to find some great storage baskets that fit the budget, and then I am hoping to give it a mini facelift, so it becomes a pretty focal point when I open up the door.

  3. Thanks Katie, I join the challenge at the very last minute, so I have already challenged myself in that regard LOL.

  4. Ugh, I am so with you, despise wiring shelving. The wire shelves never look tidy enough for me, apparently, I am right there with you and OCD Jennifer. Looking forward to seeing how you revise your closet space.

  5. Thanks Lisa, it nice not to be alone!!! I have to say I really missed you while you were away on vacation, but I hope it was totally fabulous!

  6. Your linen closet is going to be gorgeous! Can’t wait to see it!

  7. I absolutely love the closet transformation! We just purchased our new house and I didnt really like our built-ins so this gave me a great idea of what I can do to make it more practical for my needs. Thank you!

  8. You are SO not cheating by doing a closet… I’ve done our coat closet, cleaning closet, and linen closet for this challenge, so you’re in good company. Excited to see what you doing with the wire shelving. We covered ours with a wood overlay in the laundry room and coat closet, and I love the way it turned out, but I’m always looking for other ideas… ’cause I hate wire shelves!

  9. Thanks Erin,LOL!!! I do kind of feel like I am cheating a bit, I have nearly joined a very talented group of ladies, which I am so excited about!!! I figrued since it is my first participating you all would give me a pass, I will plan it out a little next round!!! Congratulations on the Jason show feature that is really cool!!!

  10. Thanks Emy so excited to be doing your guys!!!!

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  13. Maysz

    Amazing! It’s truly amazing challenge and I love that you are doing a linen closet my OCD is right there with you!

  14. My linen closets are a disaster if you can help for me under $100 I am sold!

  15. Catalina

    This seems like an exciting challenge, I love that you have to keep with in $100. Not only could that be a challenge but it shows your creativity. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  16. Hope

    Incredible challenge idea, I love the budget restrictions. Keep up the great work reading on to see the reveal.

  17. Are you doing the $100 challenge again this season? I hope so! I can not wait to see your project this time!

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  19. Carol

    Informative article, totally what I needed for my linen closet.

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  21. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    No matter what you do it always looks great. I realized I missed this post so I went back to check it out.

  22. Southern Sassyfrass

    Wonderful post for this time of year, and I really like how you added the pretty try to the basic wire shelves to dress them up, it looks great.

  23. I am always trying to keep the dreaded linen closet a bey, it just gets out fo control quickly. Great tips on the basket to hid the unwanted clutter, thank you.

  24. Beth

    Well now I have Linen closet envy, is that a thing? Yours is perfectly clean and organized well done.

  25. Bethany

    Absolutely amazing I love how your linen closet is so clean and organized you have inspired me for sure.

  26. gigi58

    Wow your linen closet is beautiful inside, which is a feat unto itself, mine looks like a bomb went off.

  27. Tanya Geno

    This linen closet has provided me a few goals to aspire to on my weekend to do list.

  28. Kelli

    I love all your organizational tips and how this closet turned out, just beautiful my friend.

  29. kaylene_dobos

    It’s difficult to find knowledgeable people on this topic, however, you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

  30. Amy @ Her Faith

    I am actually thankful that you shared this enormous post at at this time. This is a project I want to focus on whole hearted this year.

  31. sunshine and daisies

    I am so embarrassed of my linen closet right now, it is a mess of beach towels and fitted sheets I can not get folded correctly and I stuffed them into a wire basket, but you can still tell that it a sadly folded sheet. I have so many goals from this post.

  32. Nicole Walker

    I would like to see this is every close in my home.

  33. Nadalie Bardo

    I am loving what I am reading here on way to organize a linen closet so many good ideas.

  34. Lena

    If you desire you will obtain so much information from this article then you just have to apply such techniques to your home.

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