Home organization challenge: Linen closet

Home Organization Challenge: Linen Closet | The Sensible Home

Organizing our linen closet turned into more of a game of who-knew-sunscreen-had-an-expiration-date than what-container-do-I-need. I liked my general layout (sheets up top, then towels, then medicines, then stockpiled supplies); but the current containers had a tendency to overflow and have things thrown into them, and nothing matched.

Home Organization Challenge: Linen Closet | The Sensible Home

I started at the top, finding two extra-large fabric bins with lids on Amazon, perfect for storing sheets. I divided them by ones we use often, like our master bedroom set, and ones we use rarely, like our air mattress sheets.

Home Organization Challenge: Linen Closet | The Sensible Home

I decided it was time for our raggedy decade-old towels to go, so I found new ones in the color palette I hope this room has one day (gray, white and blush pink — my wedding colors, because frankly? They were spectacular.) and gave the old ones over to the husband’s tool shed. (Beach towels are stored behind our everyday towels, since they’re only used half the year, and not every day even then, sadly.) I found sturdy woven baskets on sale at Land of Nod, and used them to hold washcloths and face towels on the left and sun/outdoor products on the right.

Home Organization Challenge: Linen Closet | The Sensible Home

The “medicine cabinet” is a three-drawer unit previously holding scrapbook paper in my craft room, embellished with chevron scrapbook paper (bought on sale at JoAnn’s!) and clear labelmaker tags. An open white plastic container on top holds the larger/bulkier bottles. I spray-painted the taller three-drawer units gray to match the closet’s color scheme (Krylon Color Master in Classic Gray) and added the same paper to their fronts. The labels are just 2×4″ (or thereabouts) printable office stickers that I added several years ago when we moved into our first house. If it ain’t broke… I did spray the three-drawer units with a plastic spray primer first, just for good measure.

(P.S. Nothing like actually looking at the uploaded pictures to notice that one of the decorative paper labels is off-centered…grrrr. One moment.)

Home Organization Challenge: Linen Closet | The Sensible Home

Another row of Land of Nod baskets went on the bottom shelf, which hold less-frequently-used bath supplies and our overstock of extras. One note: These probably aren’t the best baskets for holding bottles, as the bottoms aren’t solid, just flexible woven material. So, I wouldn’t use them if I had to lift the baskets out of the cabinet or carry them around. But, ours are set up to just reach in and remove/add things, not move the whole basket, so it’s fine for us.

Now, let’s just hope the prettiness of it keeps us from blindly throwing things in.

Home Organization Challenge: Linen Closet | The Sensible Home

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