Tips for Organizing a Linen Closet
We are in week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge and here are my tips for organizing a linen closet this week.
Welcome to Week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge, this week’s focus will be on storage baskets my favorite tips for Organizing a Linen Closet and all the mess.
Don’t miss a week, here are the past weeks post for your review:
WEEK 1 WEEK 2 WEEK 3 WEEK 4
*Please note that this post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. These involve no extra cost to you, but may result in me receiving a small commission – for which I am very grateful! You can view my full advertising disclosure here. If you are just joining this post I will give you a quick recap: 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. Here is a quick reminder of what my linen closet currently looks like before we get to organizing. There are plenty of sheet sets and towels that will need to tamed with a few strategically placed baskets or totes. First thing I will need to do is streamline the items that will actually continue to live in this linen closet.
The Talk, about Decluttering:
Decluttering is very important part of organizing a Linen closet. I say this, because my mother had a slight tendency to be a little bit of a hoarder. Not out of control like the ones you see on television shows, but she did hold on to a lot of things for sentimental purposes. I am pretty sure that this particular trait was genetically passed down to all of her kids. So, for me it has become a daily battle. To combat this issue I have read every possible decluttering & organizing book know to man. Here is what they taught me:
- Do I need that?
- Is it useful?
- What does this item mean to me?
- Is it worth the space it takes up?
- Will it be valuable at some point?
- Is it sentimental or irreplaceable?
These are all questions that swirl around in my head whenever I try to clean out or organize anything. Thank God for my dear sweet husband that does not have these tendencies at all. In fact, he is always saying “if you never had anything nice to begin with, there is nothing really worth keeping; you use it until it wears out and then you replace it.” Clearly he came from humble beginnings so his philosophy of purging was very different than mine, which was “keep it all until you are ready to part with it.” So, now you know my secret for staying organized and for the past 20 years it has worked like a charm.
5 Simple Steps to Declutter Your Linens
- CLEAN THE SLATE– The first step is to take everything out of the Linen Closet. This will allow you to sort the items currently located in there. Plus, we will be all ready to dress up those wire shelves next week too.
- THE PURGE– I recommend going through your linens and purging all the non-essential items you are not currently using. This will include: items that are mismatched, faded, worn, or simply out of style. This is a ruthless task and you must remember to make your decisions honestly.
- MAKING SETS– Pair up all matching sheet sets by size, color and pattern. Make sure you have all the pieces needed to make the bed. I recommend 1 extra sheet set per bed. For our bed, I have 2 additional pillowcases in addition to a standard sheet set. So, I must make sure our sets contain 4 pillow cases. As a side note, I have tried to implement the method of placing the folded matched linens sets inside of a pillowcase for storage. It does a good job keeping the sets together, but it still looks a bit messy to me. So, I will need to place the sets into a basket which will hide them from sight.
- TAKE STOCK- This is also the perfect time to take stock of how many replacement items you need. Assess your bath towels, hand towels and washcloths to see how many you need to replace. January and February is always the best time to hit all the “white sales.”
- DONATE- I always end up with a random, brand new, flat sheets, that matches nothing. This is from where I buy a set of sheets, just for the fitted sheet to cover the box springs of our mattress. Since it is usually a complementary color to match our duvet or quilt, I always feel guilty about not using the flat sheet. I diligently store the leftover sheet in the linen closet, thinking that one day I might need it, but the reality is I will not. This is the perfect opportunity to donate these brand new, never used sheets. I personally like to donate to my local Humane Society Thrift Store which supports our local “no kill” shelters.
Selecting the Baskets
Once you have simplified your inventory; know what you have left to go back inside your Linen Closet. This will give you the numbers you will need for selecting your baskets or totes. I have looked at a few different ones on online and I will tell you that baskets and linen totes do not come cheap, especially for the pretty ones that I like. For this post I think I will go over a few of my tips on picking the right basket for the job.
I love this idea, and can not wait to see what you come up with for your “dreaded” linen closet, LOL that is so funny you put it that way, I think we all feel the same way. Although I must say it was not so horrible to begin with. maybe you should have fake messed it up a little more, LOL.
Purging and organizing are half the battle for me, and the not so fun part. Still, it does feel good when it’s over, like exercise. 🙂 Now the fun begins.
Purging is the best!!
I love my humane society thrift store too! Aaaand now I’m adding my linen closet to my decluttering list…
I love all baskets. I don’t use any baskets for my linens as I am pretty sure that I would just chuck the laundry in them, never to be tidy or neatly folded again. I do use them to store medicine on one of the shelves though. Always handy to have different types and sizes of baskets on hand.
Great tips! I love the feeling of having a clean and organized closet!
I have yet to start the purging task. Dreading it. 😉 But this gives me inspiration for my own linen closet.
Woohoo to you for all the cleaning out you did. That can be the hardest step sometimes. Can’t wait to see what you do this week!
Taking everything out of the closet is a great tip! It’s amazing how long unwanted and unused items hang out back there! LOl
I know I won’t even discuss some of the things way in the back, LOL
Thank you I really needed an “At A Boy” after that project.
And now I have to declutter my linen closet as well! You have great ideas!
I am the same way about decluttering. My Dad kept everything!!!! There was paperwork that we needed after he passed away to get a military funeral for him but we couldn’t find it. I vowed we will never have that problem in my house. I am all about no clutter too. I can’t wait to see what you do next.
Love all those decluttering tips! Looks like that closet got the clear-out. Excited to see which bins you decide to use for storage. I think hiding those folded sheets is definitely the way to go. Even it you can get them to look descent, they never seem to stay that way 🙂
Thanks Erin it feels great to let go of things that no longer have a purpose in your life, to make room to focus non the things that do.
It is funny how moments like that sculpt the new generation without us even knowing it at the time.
Great decluttering tips! We just did the same thing in my son’s bedroom.
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Linen closets always collect so much stuff purging is always a requirement in our home, sometimes daily.
Thank you so much for all the great tips on cleaning out and purging the linens closet, it always seem like this is a catch-all in my home.
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