A lot can fit in those little awkward linen closets. Fight the urge to just stuff it all in and opt for a simplified approach to linen closet organization.
Our linen closet was in need of a clean out. After upgrading our kids beds to larger sizes, and years of changing needs, it was time to simplify. So I did just that and am sharing my tips for minimizing and organizing. No linen closet? No problem. These tips will work no matter where you store these items.
Tip: One of Each
For linens and towels, my rule of thumb is to use one and store one. That means the linen closet will store one sheet set per bed and one towel per person while the other is in use. If you have a lot of linens or towels this might seem extreme, but I promise it’s doable. I’m not saying you can’t have more! Maybe you have a ton of guests, or like holiday sheet sets. But if your goal is to maximize space then having less is definitely an option.
Tip: Blanket Count
I think blankets reproduce. It’s the only explanation for how many end up in your home. Before you pull out all the blankets and fall into a cozy trap, think about how many is a reasonable number to have. If you could keep the whole block warm, that may be a tad too much. Just saying. So come up with a number and then pull out all the blankets. Pick the best, and donate the rest.
Same goes for pillows. Why do we hold on to every flat lumpy pillow for just in case?
Tip: Bundle Backstock
Try keeping all bathroom back stock in one spot (except for maybe TP, feel free to spread that around). Store extra soap, lotions, cotton swabs, and toothpaste together instead of spread out amongst multiple bathrooms. This frees up valuable space in the bathroom itself and allows you to keep track of inventory.
Here’s the before and after of our own linen closet. After doing a massive declutter I was able to take my own advice and store the back stock bath items with room to spare.
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Looking for more organizing tips? Be sure to read my top 5 tried and true organizers.