4 Easy Steps to an Organized Linen Closet

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Much like a junk drawer, a linen closet tends to be breeding grounds for disorganization. They quickly become cluttered as yet another  purchase from Homegoods is stuffed way in the back.

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Here are a few tips to help you quickly organize your linen closet.

Purge: A theme that repeats through all organization projects. The first thing you have to do is edit your linen collection. Part with those mismatched sets of sheets. If you haven’t used something for 6 months, it’s time to donate.

Go All White: Nothing will make your linen closet look more organized than monochromatic sheets, towels, pillow cases and blankets.

Get the Wrinkles Out: Aside from editing your linen collection down, nothing will make it look better than neatly folding all your linens.  Folding sheet sets, table clothes and towels will allow you to fit more in the space and also make it look so much nicer.

Label the Shelves: Labeling the shelves of your linen closet (or the baskets you store you’re bedding and towels in) is a quick and easy organizing trick. Keep things simple.

There’s really nothing quite like a beautifully made bed or a stack of fresh-from-the-dryer towels. There are some important items that you should keep in your linen closet to ensure that you have everything you need. Creating an organized and clutter-free home for your linens is a quick organizing project that will reap many returns.

Would you like more ideas? Check these blog posts: Quick Closet Organizing for Spring and Top 10 Tips and Tricks to Maintain an Organized Closet.

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Janet Schiesl

Janet has been organizing since 2005. She is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Basic Organization. She loves using her background as a space planner to challenge her clients to look at their space differently. She leads the team in large projects and works one-on-one with clients to help the process move quickly and comfortably. Call her crazy, but she loves to work with paper, to purge what is not needed and to create filing systems that work for each individual client. Janet is a Past President of the Washington DC Chapter of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals (NAPO) and was voted 2016 Organizer of the Year by the Washington DC Chapter of NAPO.

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  2. Karen Windholz on May 4, 2020 at 8:14 am

    All fabulous tips. I love the advice to go all white and constant edit. Baskets to corral all the things are helpful too.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 5, 2020 at 6:40 am

      Thanks Karen. When I switched to white towels I fell in love with the clean look.

  3. LISA GESSERT on May 4, 2020 at 8:46 am

    So true…love the white concept! I went all white this past year as well…and I use baking soda in the wash to keep them as white as possible! It’s refreshing and pleasing to the eye! Great blog great tips!

    • Janet Schiesl on May 5, 2020 at 6:41 am

      Thanks for the baking soda tip. I’ll try that. I also love my all white towels.

  4. Seana Turner on May 4, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Yes, I label the shelves too. It is really so simple and helpful:) When moving my daughter into her apartment last summer, I suggested she go all white. It is just the easiest way, not only because it looks nice in the closet, but also because white is easiest to clean. Under normal circumstances, we can pull out that bleach if the situation warrants it:) Organizing a linen closet is a nice little “stay-at-home” project, especially for those of us living in the Northeast where temperatures are stubbornly lower than normal.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 5, 2020 at 7:33 am

      It’s colder here too. I’m still waiting for Spring. I agree that organizing your linen closet is a great project for all at home now.

  5. Janet Barclay on May 4, 2020 at 11:36 am

    I never thought of white being practical because it stains so easily, but at least you can bleach it, which you can’t do with colored sheets or towels. Definitely something to think about!

    • Janet Schiesl on May 5, 2020 at 7:24 am

      Yes. I like that I can bleach my white sheets and towels and also wash them in hot water.

  6. Sabrina Quairoli on May 4, 2020 at 11:52 am

    When I had to clear out my mom’s home after she passed, I found one linen closet held eight trash bags of linens. It lined the narrow 10-foot hallway. It was so crazy. Linen closets can quickly get cluttered. Over the years, I got rid of older linens and stuff that were just not necessary anymore. Now, it is much more manageable. We only have one quilt and one blanket for each bed. That’s it.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 5, 2020 at 7:03 am

      I guess people keep old linen’s thinking they are usable for something. I always suggest that they donate sheets and towels to the animal shelter.

  7. Linda Samuels on May 4, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    My linen closet is small, so no labels are needed. However, I’ve labeled many shelves in my clients’ linen closets. They find it helpful, especially when multiple people access the space. That’s an interesting suggestion about making all your sheets one color (like white.) I never thought of doing that. We have color schemes so that we can easily mix and match, but there are multiple colors. One of the other things that always fascinates me about organizing linen closets is that when I start one of these projects, most clients think that they will keep most of the contents. But by the time we finish, they are surprised by how much editing and releasing they did. Often items get hidden in the back, so people lose track of what they own. Organizing a linen closet is very satisfying. It’s a small, defined amount of space with a specific purpose.

    • Janet Schiesl on May 5, 2020 at 6:55 am

      It’s interested that your clients do more editing than they think. I also see that sometimes. I now have two guest rooms (adult kid’s rooms) with the same side bed. I purchased white sheets so I could use them on both beds interchangeably.

  8. LISA GESSERT on May 5, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Yes the white gives me more options…im not sold on the white towels though! LOL they are harder to keep clean

  9. Ronni Eisenberg on May 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    I also like the look of all white linens and towels in the linen closet. It’s so fresh looking and you can’t beat that. I keep everything separated by room and bathroom. You’re so right about labeling. It helps anyone who is looking to retrieve something from the closet.
    I love the video. It’s a great addition!

  10. Julie Bestry on May 6, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Great tips, Janet, and I’m a big fan of labeling the shelves. Linen closets are my favorite “starter” tasks with clients because they have little sentimental heft and a great opportunity to improvement quickly.

    But I’m going to have to go against the grain and note that I’m personally horrified at the idea of all-white sheets or towels. I’m not hugely motivated by visuals in my life, but one of the few visual delights that I actively notice every day is the uplifting, bright cheer of my colorful towels and sheets. To me, white bedding signifies an antiseptic hospital setting. So, I’ll leave all of you to the crisp whiteness, and take all the pinks and purples for myself! As an organizer, I can acknowledge the conceptual aesthetic of uniformity, but as a person, I want anything touching me to be vibrant.

    Oh, and my essential linen closet tip? Everything (sheets, towels, etc.) must be folded with the “rolled” (smooth) side out; no visible edges! 😉

    • Janet Schiesl on May 6, 2020 at 8:03 pm

      I never thought about that Julie, but you are right. There is usually not much that is sentimental in the linen closet. A good place to start. I don’t mind that you disagree with white linens. While you like at them as antiseptic I look at them as a luxury, like being at a nice hotel. Enjoy your colored sheets!

  11. LISA GESSERT on May 6, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    Ah yes Julie we all have our “quirks” LOL…

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