Organize Your Linen Closet

One of the things I just finished organizing was my linen closet. As you can see, it’s super tiny. In our previous home, our linen closet was almost four times bigger than this one. Not bad, for a house that was built in 1927!

Needless to say, I really needed to pare things back to store only the true essentials.

We keep all of our medicines on the top shelf, out of the reach of little hands and curious minds. The boxes I used are not fancy – just the empty containers that our baby wipes came in. (We went through a lot of them with twins!) They were just the right size to fit on the shelf and cost us nothing.

I check the dates on all of our medicines about twice a year (spring and fall) so that we don’t keep anything that has already expired. There’s nothing worse than a child needing some ibuprofen in the middle of the night and realizing that what you have on hand is past it’s expiration date. Ask me how I know….

We have four containers that hold, from left to right:

  • cold and flu medicine
  • pain relief
  • kid medicine
  • anything else that didn’t fit in one of the above categories, such as cotton balls, hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol and even extra shoelaces.

The second shelf holds all of our sheets. Ours are on the left and the boys’ sheets are on the right. Notice that I only have two sets of extra sheets per bed in the house. Having only what you need or really use keeps things simple.

The third and fourth shelves hold all of our bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. I had to get creative with folding because the closet is so shallow. The only way our towels would fit was if I folded them like you see in a store and then folded them in half again.

In the bottom of the closet is a small basket that holds all of our extra toilet paper. Once a week when I clean the bathrooms, I refill all of our toilet paper holders so we’re never stuck without it. There’s also a fire extinguisher hiding in there as well.

It really doesn’t take too much time to keep it this clean and organized. That’s mainly because I only keep what is absolutely necessary in there, and only as much as the space allows.

If your linen closet isn’t neat and organized, don’t get overwhelmed. Simply take 15 minutes (set a timer if you have to) and clear out one shelf. The next day take another 15 minutes and clear out another shelf. In only a few short days, you’ll be on your way to a clean and well ordered linen closet. And that keeps life simple.

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