My Very Organized Linen Closet ~ Are you looking for tips and ideas for an organized linen closet? This is the last post about how I have organized my upstairs linen closet.
I had previously written that this is a very narrowly designed space that has some limitations and challenges about how much can be stored and how it can be stored in the closet. We play a fun game sometimes at home called “If I Were Ruler of the World” and how we would solve all kinds of trivial up to major problems. So if I was ruler of the world, I would make it mandatory that all builders had to make quality storage for a household’s basic items a priority. But this isn’t the case so I had to make do with what I had.
Before I start sharing how my very organized linen closet I want to mention a few things. The first is that whenever possible I recommend storing the items that you use daily or frequently as close as possible to where they are being used. That being said, you will notice there are no towels stored in this location because fortunately, I have enough functional bathroom storage space (I’ll blog about this some time in the future).
My home is three stories with two bedrooms located upstairs and three bedrooms on the bottom level. So the sheets that you see stored in this closet are for the upstairs bedrooms and the rest of the sheets are stored in a dresser in one of the guest bedrooms downstairs. This is another example of storing items as close to the rooms that they are being used when possible.
The final thing I wanted to mention is that although I stock up on toilet paper and tissue boxes, I don’t like to stock up on shampoos and conditioners so you won’t see these items stored in my linen closet. I just buy these whenever we need them. The two main reasons are they take up a lot of storage space, they are quite expensive when you buy them at the hair salon so I don’t want to invest that kind of money stocking up and I just don’t want to use these products if they are getting old. Conversely, toilet paper and tissues boxes often go on sale so I like to take advantage of the cheaper prices, they don’t really expire (at least I’m pretty sure they don’t) and I like to keep lots of this stuff in the house because it’s something we never want to run out of.
Here Is A Tour Of My Very Organized Linen Closet….
This is the top shelf that houses the toilet paper and tissue boxes. I just keep this stash for the two upstairs bathrooms perpetually stocked up as deep and as high as the shelf can hold. I am sure you have the same rule that if you were the last to finish up the toilet paper roll, you are the one to immediately replenish it. This accessible storage makes that task super easy.
The next shelf holds the sheets for the upstairs bedrooms. Notice this is not your typical way to store sheets because each set is neatly folded into packages and secured with a ribbon so I can store them on this narrow shelf in a vertical position. I previously wrote a post about how to fold sheets like this and in case you missed it here is the direct link to How to Fold Sheets.
I previously wrote about how I organized the next shelf in this blog titled My Very Organized Linen Closet Shelf.
The next shelf has four larger bins and two plastic baskets resting on top. I made transparent labels for each bin with my label maker. One bin is for a collection of travel toiletries which is super handy. Whenever we go on a trip we just go into this collection and take out what we need for the trip. Another bin holds a collection of beauty products such as lotions, creams and bath/shower products, many of which were gifts. I also have a bin that stores make-up pads that are a really good deal at Costco. The final bin holds an assortment of first aid items that hopefully, will not need to be used but have to be in the house just in case.
The two white basket trays that rest on top are great for storing items like Q-Tips and a box of plastic gloves that are handy to have on hand for messy and unsanitary clean-ups. Take a good look at the photograph and you will notice that I also slipped a First-Aid reference guide I got from a course I took recently on the side just in case I need to use it as a quick reference.
The bottom shelf is the carpeted floor. Not being one to waste any space at all I put a pretty basket here to store bulky, puffy and they just don’t fit in a bin items. I also really like this because all I have to do is pull out and return the basket whenever I need to vacuum the carpet.
What was the estimated total cost of the storage containers for this tiny narrow closet? Since I worked at it over time I am estimating that it cost about $80.00 CDN for the bins, plastic trays and basket. I guess that’s better than hiring a contractor to redesign and build a much bigger and wider linen closet. I have to say that I am thrilled with the final result and it effectively and functionally stores a lot of things. Love it!
Here is the whole upstairs linen closet at Thea’s house:
Here is a pinnable image for future reference and for sharing…
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