And although I thought this week’s challenge would be an easy one; once again the project grew a little bit larger then I first anticipated.
Yesterday I shared all about how, once I had taken everything out of our closet, I decided that the time was ripe to finally tackle a project that I’ve been wanting to do for years. Switching out our rickety builder-basic wire shelving for solid wood shelves and repainting the whole closet in a fresh, clean, white.
And after purging a good amount of linen closet “stuff” that we never use or no longer need; putting everything back into our freshly updated closet was actually fun.
I know that a lot of people wouldn’t describe putting away linens as fun; but it was! Finally – everything has a spot, it’s labelled, and the linen closet is no longer an overcrowded dark messy hole in the wall!
Yay for small victories, right?!
So let’s get started, shall we? Welcome to WEEK 5!
How to Completely Organize Your Linen Closet
Take everything out of the closet
Start by sorting everything into piles of related items. For example, I sorted our bathroom linens into large towels, hand towels, facecloths and bathmats. Then I sorted our bedding into twin bedding and King sized bedding; separating sheets and duvet covers and pillow cases. I also made a separate pile for our summer linens.
Assess and PURGE
What do you really need? How many items are old are unused? If you have old stained towels that you don’t use anymore; or too many sets of bedding then it might be time to donate or let go of them. Ask yourself what linens you actually use. Keep them. What linens do you actually love? Keep them. But what linens do you never use? Or that you dislike and keep out of a vague sense of guilt? Then get rid of those things! I got rid of one large bag of unused floor mats and old towels and bedding; and the “old towels” were moved to the laundry closet as they are used for cleaning.
Prep your closet
I decided to give ours a fresh coat of paint along with some beautiful new wooden shelves to replace the rickety builder-basic wire shelves that I really couldn’t stand. I shared the full tutorial here.
Even if you don’t want to go to quite this extreme, you might want to give your closet a good cleaning or put down some new fresh contact paper on old shelves. Set the stage with a clean and fresh box to put things back into.
Corale smaller items in baskets or bins.
Small items like tablecloths and facecloths can get messy when piled up on a shelf, so I decided to group them together in baskets. I also corralled my patterned duvet covers and shams together in a large bin; and the flat sheets that we only rarely use together in another large bin.
Put it all back
Fold things as neatly as you can and figure out placement on the shelves. I tried to group items together in a logical way – having one shelf dedicated to towels, and one shelf dedicated to twin bedding, for example.
I used these Martha Stewart adhesive metal bookplate labels to label the shelves as to where items will now live – so much easier to keep it organized this way! I also used some hanging chalkboard labels on the large bins in the bottom of the closet.
Make sure you know where things belong; that makes it so much easier for everyone to keep up with your newly organized linen closet!
I’m loving the transformation!
It feels incredible to have this space back under control! And to get rid of so many things that we really and truly weren’t using and no longer needed.
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