It’s been two years since I last organized my linen closet and posted about it. To see how this space has transformed over the years you might want to go back and read this post.
Two years ago after I finished organizing my linen closet I was left with empty space and it looked like this:
Of course it didn’t take long to fill all that empty space up. That’s the way it goes, life happens and things accumulate and before you know it my linen closet had gone from what it looked like above to this:
Yep time for some purging indeed. So following my PROCESS steps, I made a plan to reorganize the space so it was more visually appealing and better labeled so all individuals in my family could find what they needed. I also wanted to have our fire pit blankets more readily accessible for summer time.
So out everything came and I piled it up on the floor. The mess gets way worse before it gets better.
Once it was out of the closet I could very quickly sort like with like. Doing it this way made me realize that I’d become a blanket hoarder. Good grief, I know it gets cold here in the winter where I live but geez louise 20+ blankets is not even necessary. Trust me, that wasn’t all of them in the picture above.
Once I’d purged my little heart out (I really enjoy that part!) then it was time to containerize (I really enjoy this step too!). I’d recently received a set of Lands’ End canvas storage totes to try out and I knew they were going to be perfect for this space.
But first let me share some words of wisdom for you.
Life’s too short to fold fitted sheets!
Ain’t nobody got time for that. If I see one more video on how to fold a fitted sheet I might scream.
I don’t do it. I basically roll them up in some sort of mis-shapened form and shove them in the closet. I’m good with that. Only I will admit it does look a little messy. So my new solution to that is to use totes to store my sheet sets in so really it’s all disguised and lovely. It’s how I roll. Ha!
So here’s how my linen closet looks now:
- As you can see I still use space bags stored vertically to store stuff not used regularly (think winter duvets, etc.) More about that here.
- Guest pillows were moved to the top shelf as we don’t have guests too often.
- I added a two drawer unit from Target that I am loving! Top drawer holds aprons and the bottom one holds heat packs and some extra cleaning rags.
- Fire pit blankets are easily accessible.
- Donation station still present front and slightly off center :)
- You’ll also notice I added my little green machine to the very bottom shelf. I used to store this downstairs in my laundry room but I don’t have carpet downstairs so it made no sense at all. This is so much better and keeps me from running up and down the stairs every time the dog barfs. Don’t ask.
- I added the Lands’ End canvas tote bins and three of them hold sheet sets and one holds extra towels.
- The two wicker type bins I’m reusing and one holds pillowcases and the other hand towels.
I am really happy with how the whole thing turned out. Everything I need regularly is right at my finger tips and other things used less often are stored up and out of the way so as not to take up prime real estate.
I used Martha Stewart Flexible Name Badges (from Staples) as my labels on the Lands’ End totes as they stick securely to fabric and are designed to move with clothing. So far they are working well. I added our names to the labels after I took the pictures so we would know which bin held which person’s sheet sets. Since there are four of us I added my daughter’s sheets to the same bin as mine and my husbands.
I used Martha Stewart metal-rim tags (also from Staples) for labeling the drawers and wicker baskets.
The set also includes a matching hamper which I put to use in my rec room for couch blankets. This way the kids don’t have to fold them (because apparently ain’t nobody got time for that either!) and this way they can just toss them in when done with them. Sweet!
Lands’ End Giveaway:
I’m excited to tell you that Lands’ End is giving away this week, to one I’m an Organizing Junkie reader, a full set of 5 Canvas Storage Totes. Set includes one extra small, one small, one medium, one large and one hamper tote (color may vary). Retail online $195.50.
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This post was sponsored by Lands’ End.