Let me tell you about the linen closet in our upstairs hallway. It sits between the guest bathroom and a guest bedroom, neither of which we use as we are currently just a family of two. So when we moved in, I put towels, blankets and extra pillows that we didn’t even use in here as well as some cleaning products and beach towels that we did. Fast forward almost two years later and this closet had just become a dumping ground of mostly stuff that wasn’t in use and it was way too overpacked to keep anything organized.
After it drove me crazy enough looking at this mess overtime I opened the closet to get out cleaning supplies, I decided that enough was enough and I went on Wayfair, ordered some bins and waited for them to come so I could start organizing.
Here’s a glimpse of what I was working with pre-organizing – almost embarrassed to show this mess!
And here is what it looks like now! I got rid of so much stuff, I could even put more stuff in there that wasn’t there before so I could clear up the guest bathroom drawers a little.
What’s in the Bins:
Top Row: Extra Sheets | Medicine/First Aid
Next Row: Kleenex | Wash Cloths | Extra Soap
Middle: Cleaning Supplies | Toilet Paper
Next: Guest Towels
Bottom: Beach Towels
I moved all of the bathroom cleaning supplies into one bin so I can just take it out and carry it to the bathroom I need it. So convenient!
Tips For Getting Your Linen Closet Looking like this:
-Before buying bins, measure your shelves and determine how many of each size bin could fit.
-Make sure you can pull them all in and out for easy access.
-I started organizing in my head before I bought bins about how many I would need and sizes based on the categories I wanted to organize all my stuff into
-Start by taking everything out. Sort into piles: Keep, Throw Away, Donate
-Start sorting your Keep pile into categories that make sense for your bins.
-Then pick the bin that matches each pile and start putting away!
-Roll your towels to make them fit easier!
-Put cleaning supplies and medicine on higher shelve to keep away from little hands.
-Mix up the type, size, color and texture of your bins for style! (But keep it the same per row and make sure they coordinate in color scheme!)
I am so happy with how it turned out and now I don’t have to cringe every time I open it!
I hope I you found some organization inspiration! Thanks for catching up!