Organizing Your Linen Closet

Space-saving strategies and inexpensive storage can help you "think outside the closet" when tackling linen closet organization.

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Organized Linen Closet

Linen closets often attract much more than linens, turning into the catchall for anything bed and bath. If the mound of pillows, blankets, towels, sheets, table linens and toiletries makes you scared to even open the door, it may be time to conquer your fear and perform an organization overhaul.

"People hang on to their junk because [they think] 'I might need that someday,'" says health psychologist Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, author of The Well-Ordered Home: Organizing Techniques for Inviting Serenity Into Your Life. "Stuff accumulates because we don't have time to go through it." But spending a little bit of time creating an orderly linen closet can actually save you time and stress in the long run.

Because the primary function of linen closets is to be functional, Kendall-Tackett recommends asking yourself some questions about the stuff that's crammed inside. First, ask yourself, "Where do I use the items (towels, sheets, pillows, etc.)?" Second, "What do I need for each area of my house?" Your answers should govern what goes into your linen closet.

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