Linen Cabinet and Closet Organization Ideas

Sometimes all it takes is a stack of properly folded towels, or the addition of a few baskets and bins, to make all the difference in organizing a linen closet.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik
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While a linen closet is optimally used to store bedding and bathroom items, like towels, sheets and blankets, the truth is it often becomes a store-and-go hideaway for random household items.

Case Study: An Efficient Linen Closet

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A Closet Catastrophe

Space wasn't an issue in this linen closet. There was ample storage, but the shelves weren't adjustable and the top shelf wasn't recessed, so it was hard to reach high items.

Lost in the Linens

The homeowners, Laura Baer and Mike Levine, had a collection of towels and linens that hadn't been culled in years and was overflowing the shelves. Smaller items like toilet paper or bath essentials were lost amongst the linens.

Optimal Organization

After paring the sheet and towel collection to the essentials, the homeowners intalled a new shelving system to organize the existing space more effectively. By creating four cubby-like compartments at eye level, adding a slide-out basket for small items, and installing a recessed top shelf for easier access, the homeowners had reached closet Nirvana.

Stacking Solutions

Before refilling the closet, the homeowners folded each set of sheets inside a matching pillowcase, creating neat packages that stack easily on the shelves.

A Place for Everything

Hooks mounted at eye level on either side of the closet make the most of vertical wall space. One hook holds a loofah, and the other hook holds an extra bathrobe for guests.

Storage Options

A stainless-steel basket mounted to the bottom of one shelf pulls out for better visibility. The basket is used for hand towels and guest soaps, but it's the perfect spot for items like first aid supplies or travel-sized toiletries.

But that doesn't mean an organized linen closet is out of reach. In fact, one of the first steps toward achieving an organized space is cleaning out the closet to make room for the things that should be stored in it. That means small appliances, lost toys and other out-of-place items should get the boot. The same goes for old towels and worn sheets — put them in a separate place to use as cleaning rags or toss them.

Proper folding techniques are also helpful to maintain organization amongst the items that do belong in a linen closet. Fold all linens so that they are neatly stacked, making sure they are not piled too high to keep them from falling over. All linens should also be sorted into categories, so they are easy to find. This means everything from sheets to blankets to towels to dinner napkins should have its own section if possible.

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