Linen Closet Organization Your Step-by-Step Guide

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Linen Closet Organization Your Step-by-Step Guide

So, you want to organize your linen closet? Well, you’ve come to the right place! This is your guide to linen closet organization. I’ve gathered tons of inspiration for you, and I’ll share with you tips and tricks to maximize your space and make it look amazing. Plus, I’ll show you all of my favorite finds for your closet.

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Plan Your Linen Closet Design

The first thing to do when you make the decision to organize your linen closet is plan your design. First, assess how many towels, sheets, and other items that you want to fit in this closet. This is the time to get rid of or donate what you no longer need.

Next, consider what you need to access the most often and be sure to plan a spot for those items on easy to reach shelves. Be mindful of large or heavy items that might work best on lower shelves. You don’t want to grab a huge heavy basket off the top shelf.

At this point you can start to plan how many containers or baskets you’ll need to corral all the stuff. Check out these gorgeous closets below to get some ideas.

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To help simplify invest in high quality white towels for all your bathrooms. That way they can all be interchangeable and you can do one white load with bleach every week.

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Baskets on the bottom shelf are a great storage solution for items that you need to access regularly like toilet paper. Here are similar natural rope baskets.

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When designing your closet make it look attractive by choosing baskets or containers that you love and that way you’ll be motivated to keep it tidy, especially if you have clear doors!

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Carve out a spot for cleaning supplies in the middle of the closet so that you can easily reach them when needed.

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When you’re planning your linen closet organization and deciding how many baskets you’ll need group like items together and consider if it’ll work for your design to stack baskets on top of each other.

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If you have a linen closet this large, first I’m jealous and second, take your time to plan out your design. Take an inventory of what you have before you start shopping for baskets and containers so that you can create a space that works for your lifestyle. Good organization should make your life easier!

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Create mini sections for like items. For example, place all of your laundry essentials on one shelf. This’ll make it easier to find what you need.

Linen Closet Towel Storage Options

The number one thing in our closets to organize is towels. There are tons of different options for folding and storing them. You can fold them in half, thirds, quarters or roll them. It often looks best to do a mix of several different options. You’ll want to experiment to find the best folds for the space you have. Check out some different fold options in these pretty closets below to get you started on making the most of your linen closet organization.

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Might as well take some lessons in folding towels from Joanna Gaines herself! She uses the trifold method. When you do this the edges of the towel are not visible and are not sticking out at all. To do this you just fold your towel into thirds vertically and then fold them horizontally again in thirds as well.

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Another pro tip is to add interest to the linen closet by varying which way the towels face.

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Add even more variety by rolling some of the towels too.

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When you have smaller hand and face towels you can place them in a small basket or container to keep them neat and tidy.

Linen Closet Organization with Baskets

Let’s talk more about baskets! You’ll want to consider how many baskets, what size and what style will work best for your closet. Baskets are a great way to corral the smaller items. Take a look at these amazing linen closets below that have baskets as a central part of their design.

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Group your items into like categories and take inventory of how much you have before you start shopping for your baskets.

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Coordinated baskets will give your linen closet a cohesive feel. They don’t have to be all the same size and shape but you can pick one color or material like wicker to coordinate your closet.

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Consider what feeling you want when you open your closet. This choice of bamboo baskets gives the linen closet a spa like feel.

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Felt and the wire baskets coordinate with each other and here the bamboo labels really tie the whole look together. We’ll talk more about labels soon.

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A couple of large baskets work great at the bottom of your closet for larger items.

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Try using oversized baskets without lids to help encourage you and your family to put things back where they belong. The easier for you in your daily life the more likely you’ll stick with your linen closet organization plan.

Top Finds for Linen Closet Baskets

Next, check out my favorite finds for linen closet storage baskets.

STORAGE BASKETS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | 4 STRIPED CUBES | MORE COLORS

TWO | SET OF 4 ROPE BASKETS | MORE COLORS

THREE | SET OF 5 WIRE BASKETS WITH LINER

FOUR | LARGE WICKER BASKET

FIVE | SET OF 4 WICKER BASKETS WITH LINERS

SIX | SET OF 3 FABRIG BINS WITH LIDS

SEVEN | 3 IVORY BASKETS WITH HANDLES AND LABELS

EIGHT | GREY FELT BASKET WITH HANDLES

NINE | SET OF 4 WICKER BASKETS

Clear Containers in Your Linen Closet

Clear containers are another great storage option for your linen closet. These work great to be able to see what you have so you can find it more easily. Deciding between clear containers or baskets is just a personal preference. Can’t decide? Try a mix of both. Check out below some ideas to incorporate clear containers into your closet.

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Wire baskets work great for closet storage because you can see what’s contained and they look stylish too.

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Another great option is clear plastic storage containers. These work well for all your miscellaneous items that you may forget where you stored.

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Wire baskets with the scoop openings work amazing because they can be stacked, and you can still grab what you need out of the bottom basket.

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Have you tried using baskets for your sheets and pillows? It takes off some of the pressure for the perfect fold. You can still have a neat and tidy look even if you haven’t mastered the classy hotel folds yet.

Best Clear Storage for Your Linen Closet Organization

Next, check out my favorite finds for clear storage containers for your closet.

CLEAR CONTAINERS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | CLOTH STORAGE BAG WITH CLEAR WINDOW

TWO | LONG 2 PACK STORAGE BINS

THREE | SCOOP WIRE BASKET

FOUR | 2 PACK WIRE STACKABLE BINS

FIVE | 6 PACK GREY BINS WITH CLEAR WINDOW

SIX | STACKABLE DRAWERS

SEVEN | FOUR CLEAR CONTAINERS WITH HANDLES

EIGHT | LARGE WIRE BASKET

Label Your Containers

Now that you have your similar items grouped in containers it’s time to label them. A pretty label will just add that extra appeal to your closet. I have a ton of great label finds for you just keep reading. But first get inspired by these beautiful closets below with pretty labels.

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Custom labels will help you not only find items but also helps you to put everything back in the right spot. Your organizational system should not be hard to maintain.

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I’m a sucker for a pretty script label, how about you?

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If you have guest over, label their section of the linen closet. This will take the guess work out of their stay with you.

Top Picks for Linen Closet Labels

Now, check out some of my favorite labels for your line closet.

LINEN CLOSET LABELS | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | FARMHOUSE LINEN CLOSET & LAUNDRY ROOM LABELS

TWO | SCRIPT LAUNDRY & LINEN CLOSET LABELS

THREE | LINEN CLOSET & STORAGE BIN LABELS

FOUR | FARMHOUSE BATHROOM & LINEN CLOSET LABELS

Make the Most of Your Space

If your linen closet space is limited there are some tips and tricks to maximize the space. For example, you can install shelves on the door to gain extra storage space. You can also add a lazy susan so that you can easily access and see what you need. You can see these and more space saving ideas in the linen closets below.

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Here is a great example of making the most of a small linen closet. If you space is small, it’s the perfect time to simplify and just keep what you need and then find the right storage containers to maximize your space.

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Lazy susans work great to be able to see and access what you are storing. Here is my favorite lazy susan that has small removable bins.

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Take advantage of every inch of space you have to work with by adding shelves to your closet door for smaller items. Here is a similar over the door basket organizer that will do the job.

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If you are lucky enough to have drawers in your closet this would be a great space for towels or smaller items. You can keep them organized with drawer organizers to help maximize the space.

Add the Wow Factor

The final step is a fun one if you want to take your line closet to that next level. This step will make your closet really stand out from the others. Try adding paint or wallpaper to the back of the closet to make a dramatic impact. Check out some gorgeous closets below to get your inspired.

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Adding wallpaper in a fun print is a great way to add a pop of color that peeks through in your linen closet. If you are digging these blue dots here is a similar wallpaper.

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Try adding a cheery print that puts a smile on your face when you open up your closet like they did here. If you like this style here is a lemon wallpaper with a similar feel.

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You can also paint the wall your favorite color to add a little pop to your closet.

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This looks like wallpaper, but it is actually paint strokes. This is a fun idea to make your closet really stand out.

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In your linen closet you can use a bold pattern that you may not put on a large wall in your home.

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Try something fun that suits your personality. These leaves give a beautiful tropical feel, here is a similar wallpaper from Etsy. Below check out my favorite wallpapers for your linen closet.

The Best Wallpapers for Your Linen Closet

If you want to try this in your linen closet check out my favorite wallpapers to steal this style below.

LINEN CLOSET WALLPAPER | WHERE TO FIND

ONE | BLUE DOTS

TWO | BLACK HERRINGBONE WALLPAPER

THREE | WHITE & GOLD CHEVRON

FOUR | TROPICAL LEAVE WALLPAPER

FIVE | LEMON WALLPAPER

SIX | BLUE CHEVRON WALLPAPER

I’ve shown you the seven steps to take your linen closet from a hot mess to a Pinterest sensation. So, what are you waiting for? Carve out a few hours and take it on.  Feel free to save pictures from this post to your Pinterest boards for Inspiration!  Just click on the picture and then click on the P on the top left corner. If you found this post helpful, please share it on your favorite social.

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