This little project shouldn’t have really taken me as much time as it did. Out of sight, out of mind is what happened here. The linen closet never served any other purpose than to hold my bedroom linens, extra blankets and pillows, but every thing about how the closet looked was terrible. Sadly, I didn’t take any before pictures…there wasn’t anything to take. It was a closet with mismatched sheet sets adorning the shelves. In my head I had it all under control, but anyone else would have thought it looked unorganized. Thus, my journal to a perfectly organized linen closet began.
First & Final Question
Basically, I always weigh everything in terms of what someone would think upon first walking into a space. This is my first AND final step to organizing any room, cabinet, closet, etc… The questions I ask myself are: (A) Would the person walking into my home without me present be able to pick up where I left off? (B) If I needed help at home would everyone be able to tell at a glance where things are and/or need to be? Honestly, let’s face it, what I’m really doing here is staging the “what-if’s” if, God forbid, something happens to me and I can’t be home to keep things clean. The last (and let me emphasize the word L A S T) thing I want is to come home to an unorganized home with
crap items strewn throughout my home because no one knew where to put anything. I’m not crazy…just prepared!
The person who was first quoted saying, “A place for everything, everything in it’s place” is listed high at the top of my list next to people like Ghandi, Galileo, and Coco Chanel. Really, I imagine this person could most likely be my sister from a different mister. And, if you’re wondering how I know she’s a sister, it’s because no male would have been brilliant enough to make such a statement, especially when talking about organization.
My linen closet happens to be in my guest bedroom. I have two closets in there, the main closet and this tiny (super tiny) 3 ft. wide linen closet. It has 5 wire shelves (boy, would I love to outfit my closets with wood one day, but it is what it is for now) and each shelf (in my head) was designated to one bedroom in the house. No one would have been able to figure this out until they tried putting my daughter’s full size sheets on my California king bed. The bottom nook was where I stored all my extra blankets for guests should they get cold or just want a Snuggie. But, goodness, I wouldn’t have wanted them to go searching on their own for these items. This closet was ugly and disheveled. No, I would have kindly brought them out (when they weren’t looking, of course).
I’ve mapped out how to master a Perfectly Organized Closet. Follow along in the steps below. You can thank me later!
Use Em’, Fix Em’ or Toss Em’
Do you really need to hold on to all those ugly bed sheets? Don’t act like you have no idea what I’m talking about. You know, the ones you bought 100 years ago that no longer match your bedding? What about those sheets that are torn in each corner? Fix em’ or toss em’! I used my (new) favorite motto to guide me through my linen closet organization: use em’, fix em’ or toss em’! If you haven’t used em’ in a while then donate em’. Believe me, this was a little hard for me, too! I had a set of sheets older than my first-born (he’s driving now) that my mother gave me. They were really expensive (super soft designer sheets with a 1000 thread count) but they were mustard gold. I can’t even accurately detail how ugly they were. The color was similar to baby meconium…look that one up…hahaha) and slipping into a nice comfy bed just didn’t seem “comfy” on those gold sheets. Grant it, they looked great on my mom’s bed with her pretty comforter 20 years ago (wink, wink, mom), but they just didn’t really work for my house.
Oh, and BTW, please, PLEASE toss out your old pillows. Your lumpy, misshapen, flat, old stained pillows have seen their finally day. The average life span of a pillow is 3-5 years. They are fairly inexpensive, friends! For goodness sake, it’s what you lay your head on at night. Do yourself a favor and buy new. You deserve it!
Now that you’ve gone through all your bed sheets, pillows and blankets, it’s time to assign each room a storage bin. I headed over to my local Home Goods to find large stylish baskets and storage bins. As you can see in the photo above there’s a storage bin for the master bedroom, my daughter’s room and my son’s room. Each bin is large enough in size to adequately store any blankets or linens specific to that room. Make sure you measure your shelving space to determine the best size storage bin for your closet. I also have a seagrass storage bin for the guest bedroom on the bottom shelf. When it’s time to change the sheets just grab the proper storage bin and head to the room.
My iron and ironing board used to be stored in my mud/coat closet on the main floor. When we wanted to iron our clothes we’d head downstairs and set up shop in front of the TV and iron away. This only seemed convenient for me if I had lots to iron, but really, it was a pain in the rump! To iron one simple shirt was a whole to-do. And, when guests were in need of a quick iron I’d have to lug everything upstairs. So, to make things sooooooo much easier I purchased an over the door iron board caddy. It holds my ironing board and iron. It takes up zero extra space and what I love best is that you can’t see the over-the-door hook when the door is closed.
Extras & Essentials
To maximize the additional storage space I purchased this cool looking wire caddy to stash extra toilet paper. I also purchased this clear organizer to store starch spray, a lint roller and a sweater comb used for depilling sweaters. I added four extra bath towels to the closet for when my guests are in need of more than the four under their sink. You never know, it seems like my family of four blows through at least 6 towels a day. Ugh!
Pillows & Blankets
Guests love extra pillows and blankets. Fluffy pillows, flat pillows, stiff pillows, down filled pillows…guests like options! I always layer up the guest bed with a variety of pillows, but sometimes they need more. So, in this perfectly organized linen closet I have a few extra pillows stored upright in their own labeled basket on the top shelf. Additionally, should a guest request a blanket or two I have a large basket at the bottom of this “perfectly organized linen closet” that hosts all sorts of fine blankets. Soft, fuzzy, silky, large, small- you want it, it’s probably there. 😉
Bottom line here is, with just a little decluttering and a small plan in place, your linen closet can be your central hub for clothing maintenance and bed linens. I’ve got mine under control. What does yours look like?