When it comes to linen closet organization, what’s your biggest frustration?
If you’re like me – it’s less about getting it organized than it is KEEPING it that way. In this post you’ll get ideas and tips for the best ways to organize your linen closet (and hopefully keep it that way, too!)
The linen closet is a designated closet (or shelving space) in your home that houses the bath essentials like towels, toilet paper, bedsheets, and more. Some homes have a spacious linen closet with lots of great shelving options and others…not so much.
What Belongs in a Linen Closet?
The first rule about linen closet organization is that there are no rules. Haha. How’s that for helpful?
Okay, I promise I won’t leave you hanging. But for real, there really is not a magical rule out there that says that a linen closet should have x, y, or z. Your linen closet should be functional for your family – and that can look different for everyone. But I’ll share with you some ideas for items that can be stored in your linen closet.
Some things that can be stored in your linen closet include:
- Quilts, Duvet covers, blankets, and inserts
- Sheets, pillow cases, and mattress covers
- Sheets, towels, and other linens for guests
- Toiletries and other bathroom supplies
What’s the Best Way to Organize a Linen Closet?
The start of the new year (or anytime really) is the best way to organize your linen closet, but I also encourage you to use some of these linen closet organization tips once a quarter.
- Start by purging unnecessary items. Think about linens and other items that are non-essential. Consider donating old sheet sets that no longer get used or have rips or stains.
- Launder and wash linens and always put them away clean. This will keep your laundry room smelling fresh and make it easy to find what you need when you need it.
- Organize Linens by Category. Sort your linens by category and store them this way. Meaning, all bath towels, hand towels, face towels are in one area and all sheet sets and blankets might be in another.
- Use bins or baskets to store items. Once your linens are organized by category then use bins or baskets to store them in order to keep them in one central location. Consider labeling the bins or baskets in order to make it easy to find what you need when you need it.
- Consider using a space saving vacuum seal bag to store larger, more bulky items like duvet inserts and pillows.
- Store large, bulky items down low under shelves and out of the way. Store items like toilet paper and other toiletries in glass storage bins.
- Sheet sets can be stored in pillow cases or folded up neatly in the fitted sheet. Keep the same size sheets together in a basket so they’re easy to find.
How Do You Store Towels in a Linen Closet?
Store towels in a linen closet at eye level or lower.
One way to store them is to fold them in thirds lengthwise and then into a rectangle. Place them in a basket or on the shelf with the edges facing towards the wall.
If you have a small linen closet, then save space by rolling towels and placing them in a basket for storage.
I love these baskets for linen closet organization:
How to Keep Your Linen Closet Smelling Good
First things first, it’s important to keep the air circulating in your linen closet so as to avoid it getting stuffy, musty, and stale. One way to do this is to rotate linens every so often.
Make sure that linens and towels are completely dry when you put them away in your linen closet. Putting away laundry that’s wet or even damp can cause an unpleasant musty smell to develop.
If you want to give your linens a nice fresh smell you can store a handkerchief with a few drops of lavender essential oil (or whatever essential oil you prefer) in the basket with them. When you pull them out to use them, they’ll have a nice fresh smell.
Best Linen Closet Storage Bins
Keeping your linen closet organized can be a challenge. But having the right baskets and bins can make all the difference.
Use baskets to store large blankets on the bottom shelf so they stay out of the way. I like these baskets for storing our quilts.
I use medium size baskets to store sheets. We fold up the sheets in the fitted sheet and store same size sheets in the same basket.
Store toilet paper in your linen closet by using a wire basket on an easy access shelf. When you get new toilet paper, take out of the wrapping and toss them in the basket where you can quickly grab them.
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The glass containers are a great place to keep cotton pads and q-tips. They are my favorite because they are both functional and aesthetically pleasing!
These tips should help you not only get your linen closet organized, but keep it that way too!
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