Today, I want to share with you my favorite tips and tricks for clutter free linen closets. By now I’m thinking maybe your littles have gone back to school or you’re feeling the itch to clear the clutter before the holidays have a chance to sneak up on you.
I don’t know about you guys but there’s something about fall that makes us feel like a fresh start is on the way. We’ve been trying to get back into a few of our routines after a summer of making memories and lazy days.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts at a solid morning routine complete with healthy breakfasts and planned lunches, we may still find “hiccups” in the mornings.
And by “hiccups” I mean someone has crammed the towels into the shelves of the linen closet so tightly that as soon as you try to pull one towel out, the contents of the entire shelf spills onto the floor… or there are no washcloths…or the toothpaste is MIA…or it’s time to change the sheets on the bed and you can easily find a flat sheet but the fitted sheet is nowhere to be found.
I can relate to these “hiccups” because I used to live them. No playing, my linen closet used to look like this…
I know, right? It’s totally embarrassing but that was my reality. I’m sharing with you because I know there is someone reading this right now that wants to live a more organized life and just doesn’t know where to even start.
The exciting thing is there’s hope. That messy picture? It was taken in 2014 when I got serious and completely decluttered and organized the linen closet. 3 years later it looks nearly the same…
Here are a few tips and tricks that have helped to keep the linen closet tidy over the years…
Declutter, declutter, declutter – decluttering is the unofficial Golden Rule of organizing so before you head to the store in search of pretty boxes, baskets and bins declutter the mess.
Keep like items together – divide and separate towels, bedding, pillows, and blankets by placing them on different shelves if you have room.
If not, no worries, place all the towel sets together, all the bedding bundles together, all the blankets together…you get the idea…like items with like items.
Utilize bedding bundles – this means tucking the fitted sheet, flat sheet, pillowcases and even shams into a single bundle. I usually put each piece of the set into one of the pillowcases.
Then I place each bundle into a container so that each canvas box holds a bedding bundle. If you don’t have containers for each set don’t sweat it, just lay the bedding bundle on the shelf.
Label your baskets and containers even if the contents seem obvious. This will allow your family members or even guests to find things easier as well as put items away.
Leave room for bulky items. Most likely, everything won’t fit in a basket or container so leave room for bulky items like thicker winter blankets, quilts and extra pillows.
Use a variety of containers in complementary colors to avoid visual clutter. Items stored in the linen closet come in many different shapes sizes so similar to leaving room for bulky items you also need to leave room for items you have multiples of. We keep toilet paper in this basket…
and we also keep these large metal containers for emergency candles, seasonal blankets and beach towels.
Keep in mind if you choose containers like these you’ll need to put a protective barrier of some kind on the bottom so they don’t scrape up the floor as you’re pulling the containers in and out.
Maintain your linen closet system by continually making sure you’re not bringing more items home than will fit in the containers you have.
If your baskets or containers are spilling over or are filled to the brim, you probably need to go through them again and eliminate the excess.
Taking the time to organize closets, drawers and cabinets can be overwhelming at first but it is absolutely worth the effort.
You don’t have to organize it all at once! Just take it in chunks and knock out one drawer at a time, one shelf at a time, one container at a time.
Keeping an attitude of “a place for everything and everything in its place” makes it easier to…
Find what you need
Put items away
Stop buying things you already own
Help to create a cozy, cluttered free environment in your home