One of the first projects I wanted to tackle while learning how to live simply was organizing my very small linen closet. I specifically chose this project first because I knew it would be relatively easy. It was one of the few things I had somewhat organized when we moved in a couple of months ago. I’m going to share with you a few of my tips for how to organize a linen closet.
My linen closet is about half the size of a regular closet. The bottom part houses some pipes. On this floor in our house there are two very small bathrooms. The bathroom in our master bedroom is only a half-bath, but it has some under-sink storage and I store my personal care products in there. The hallway bathroom where we take our showers only has a pedestal sink, so there is no storage there.
1. On the bottom shelf we have a few folded linens, an extra shower curtain, and few bathroom knick-knacks.
2. The next shelf up holds a vaporizer, cleaning cloths, and a couple of cleaners. The green thing on this shelf is my cleaning caddy. It has a scrub brush and compartments where I place cleaning cloths and the particular cleaners I need. I can just load it up and take it with me to whichever bathroom I am cleaning.
I didn’t get a good shot of the shelf above this one, but it holds all of our bath towels, washcloths, and hand towels. We had a little problem with our washing machine last week, so all of our bath towels were in the wash and not in the closet. We also keep some hanging in the bathrooms, so we don’t need more than one shelf to hold all of towels.
One little tip: when placing linens on a shelf turn them so the neatly folded edge is facing out. It gives a much neater appearance!
3. Okay, this shelf could be a bit neater, but I keep some extra blankets here. We keep extra bed linens, pillows, etc. in the closets in their respective bedrooms.
4. The top shelf holds beach towels and a couple of other blankets.
5. I saw the idea to use a shoe organizer as an organizer for other things on YouTube a few years ago. I actually bought this shoe organizer when we lived in our last house and my children had to share a small closet. Now that they do not need it, I thought it would be perfect for storing cleaning supplies and toiletries in the linen closet. I keep the most dangerous stuff at the very top. I really hate using a lot of chemicals in my cleaning, but sometimes I just have to use something a little more hardcore than baking soda and vinegar. I really don’t use them that often.
6. The lower part of the shoe organizer holds toiletries. Here you will find extra soap, travel toiletries, packaged razor blades, my homemade brown sugar body scrub, and if we happen to have extra shampoo/conditioner. Toothbrushes and toothpaste are securely stored in my half-bathroom and extra toilet paper stays in the bathrooms.
I didn’t have to do too much to get this linen closet organized. I just needed to move some things around and fold the linens neatly! I’m a big believer in using what you have to organize instead of going out and spending a lot of money on new baskets and bins. This works for us. I hope you got a few ideas to organize your linen closet!
If you need more help with organizing your home, I recommend Drowning in Clutter (Tried and True Decluttering Strategies).
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