Linen Closet Organized and Beautiful!

I L-O-V-E to organize things!  There is so much satisfaction from taking a total mess and turning it into a clean, crisp, clutter-free space.  Lately, I have let certain areas of my home slip into a bit of a deteriorated state.  But now, I get the pleasure of whipping them back into shape and sharing it with you.  The first on my hit list…the upstairs linen closet.  After only a few short hours of work, she is a beauty to behold.

linen closet With just a few organizational tricks (and a lot of eliminating), I had a linen closet that was both neat and attractive.
Linen Closet Here she is in her full glory!

linen closet

To truly appreciate the “after” photo, I must share the embarrassing before photo.  Things are strewn everywhere…sleeping bags, a humidifier, a linen umbrella (really?), an old dingy slipcover are just a few of the jewels to be found here.  I literally sighed every time I opened the door.

Linen Closet Before

The floor is heaped with costumes my kids have been wearing since they were toddlers.

Linen Closet Before

However, after shoveling out the landfill, I separated the items into keep, hand-me-downs, Goodwill, and garbage.  Then, I painted the closet (Benjamin Moore Alpaca with Bone White shelves).  Okay, admittedly subtle, but at least it’s clean and crisp.Now, this is more like it.

Paint Linen Closet

Next, I painted and installed wooden shelf brackets onto the center shelf to serve as dividers for the towels and pillow cases.

Brackets as Dividers

Also, I decided to accent the edges of the shelves with a neutral cotton twill tape and silver nailhead trim.

Accent Shelf Edges

It adds just a little bit of a finished look.

Accent Shelf Edges

Then, I added some beautiful linen boxes from the Container Store.

Linen Storage Boxes

They house batteries and light bulbs, a marked improvement from the old, ripped cardboard box in which they were previously held.

Linen Storage Boxes

Why batteries in the linen closet you ask?  Well, I have a strong suspicion that my fire detectors are half human and… they hate me.  They have an uncanny ability to only speak to me in the middle of the night…loudly.  So, to prevent myself from stumbling to the garage at 3 am in a disheveled, disorientated (grumpy) state for replacement batteries, I have devised this solution.  Anyhoo, I digress.

Next, I lined a couple of wire baskets with this lovely fabric that I had from a previous project.

Fabric Basket Liners

I added stamped labels to the bins so that I could see at a glance what was inside each of them without having to expose all of the unattractive bottles and containers.

Fabric Basket Liners

These gorgeous, over-sized baskets are from Cost Plus World Market and they are perfect for storing pillows, mattress pads, or anything else bulky.

Pillow Storage

They also prevent me from heaping anything directly onto the floor ever again.

Pillow Storage
Next, I decided to place my sheets in wooden bins, because let’s face it, these little numbers don’t always get folded in a display-worthy fashion, especially now that I’m passing on some of these duties to my son.

Wooden Bins for Sheet Storage

Because I have many white sheets in the house, I separated the boxes into king and queen bins using these adorable metal hangers I found at Cost Plus.  No more unfolding a fitted sheet to find out it’s too small for my bed!

Wooden Bins for Sheet Storage

The top shelf is for big, bulky blankets. Blanket Storage

Whew…much better!

Linen Closet

Maybe I’ll just leave the door open for a few days!!

 

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33 thoughts on “Linen Closet Organized and Beautiful!

  1. Beautiful! I have been thinking I need to get my linen closets organized. You have given me the inspiration and some really great ideas. Thanks!

  2. Wow, you did an amazing job with your linen closet! Thanks for the inspiration that I needed to tackle my laundry room shelves. Stopping by from Your Home Based Mom :)

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  3. LOVE! What a beautiful linen closet you have. Very organized, too. lol Those king and queen label holders are too cute!

    Great work! :D

  4. Your closet makeover is really lovely! I would want to keep the door open for awhile, too if my closet were as pretty and orderly. I love all of the ideas you incorporated to organize it – the shelf dividers are a wonderful idea, and the labeled wire baskets and wooden boxes are just great!

  5. It looks beautiful! I love the detail and trim you added to the edge of the shelves. I am just finishing up my linen closet too, it is fun to get it into peaceful and pretty order again, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing yours!
    Krista @thehappyhousie

    • Thanks Krista! I had some leftover nailhead trim from a previous project that I was dying to make use of! It feels so good to have it all cleaned up!

  6. My linen closet looks just like yours…only the before pic! I absolutely LOVE the king/queen hooks you’ve attached to the boxes. What a fun idea! Great job…inspired! =) Found you on the Show Me What You Got Party

    • Thanks Bette! It was so much fun purging all that extra stuff. I’m definitely not missing the Winnie the Pooh sleeping bag!

  7. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
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  8. You have done a truly wonderful job on your linen closet! I’ve been meaning to do mine as well as the bathroom and laundry room cupboards. Even have the baskets ready to go. Now you’ve inspired me to get started and have given me a number of great ideas that I wouldn’t have thought of. Thank you!
    Heather

  9. Your closet looks fantastic! I would leave the door open or take it off for sure :) Thank you so much for sharing at Pretty Things this week, hope to see you again tomorrow night!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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