Linen closets typically have towels or sheets folded nicely and stacked. It’s a place you occasionally go but not everyday. While you would like it to be more organized it works fine because it’s something that’s not nagging at you but when you open it up you wish it looked neater.
We spend most of our lives in our homes, you should love every space you have whether you see it on a daily basis or not. It’s easy to not organize a space that has a cabinet or door because all you have to do is close it and the problem is gone right?! You are quickly reminded what’s behind there when you open up that door. It’s time to tackle that problem and make it a space you love seeing and using.
This is our how linen closet was. Towels and sheets were folded nicely and neatly stacked. It looked organized but there was something about that space that didn’t feel right. It could be more organized but how? I knew adding bins to the space would make it look nicer but I was hung up on the limiting belief that everything wouldn’t fit in a storage bin. After wrestling with the idea of adding bins to this space, I decided to measure it out and see if a bin existed. Much to my surprise I found some grey bins from The Container Store that would fit in that space. As I started to put the towels in the bin, they all weren’t fitting in there, I realized they needed to be folded differently to fit. Every single towel fit in the two bins that I purchased and I didn’t think it was possible.
Limiting beliefs can lead you down the wrong path. Here’s how you can create a linen closet you love:
Measure your space. You want to make sure to measure the space that you have access too, meaning don’t measure inside the closet width. Measure the space that would allow you to easily move a storage bin in and out of there.
Search for storage baskets or bins. The best places to start are The Container Storage, Target, or Amazon. If you need a few recommendations, you can see if these will fit the space you have. This is where you can get creative with the storage bins. If you have two shelves that has room for three bins, you can do three of one type of bin on one shelf and three of another on the other shelf. Consider the color type of the space you have. You might want something that is contrasting to the current space. For example, our linen closet is white, so we went with gray bins to add some color.
Other tips to keep in mind when searching for bins:
- Plastic bins: Usually the best because they are sturdy.
- Wicker baskets: Great option too, some are sturdy and some aren’t, make sure the one you chose is sturdy and not flimsy.
- Fabric bins: Are they sturdy enough to hold what you plan to store in them? For example, shampoo bottles wouldn’t be the best idea for this type of bin but toilet paper would be okay.
- Wire baskets: Great for items you use frequently or need to see how much is left like toilet paper or kleenex.
Labels. If you are purchasing new storage bins, check to see if they come with a label space. Some come built with them and some don’t. If they don’t, make sure to get bin labels (the container store has them). You can make your own too, here’s a DIY guide using binder clips.
Get creative with your storage. If what you plan to fit in your storage bin doesn’t fit, think of an alternative option before giving up. Like folding towels, I had taken how they were folded and stacked and put them in the bin and it didn’t work. Then I tried rolling them and it worked. Also, if you planned to put a certain item in a bin and it’s not working, try something else before giving up on that idea.
Open space is good. Not every single space in your linen closet needs to be used up. This can be difficult because it might feel like you’re not using all of the space that is there but using it all isn’t necessary. It’s being efficient.
How do you keep your linen closet organized?