Organizing A Linen Closet

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I have been working through Decluttering Made Easy which is a 52 week e-course on decluttering.  This week, the focus is on the dining room or dining area.  While we don’t have a separate dining room in our home, we do have a dining area that I struggle to keep clean and decluttered.   One of the areas that I struggle with the a lot is our linen “closet” which is actually a narrow wooden bookshelf in our pantry. Since we use cloth napkins and cloth towels instead of disposables, I have quite a few different linens that I try to keep organized.

Organizing a linen closet

Organizing A Linen Closet

  • Everything out.  Remove everything from the linen closet and put things that don’t belong there where they go.
  • Trash.  Throw away or put in the rag bag anything that is stained or torn or you will never use.
  • Divide. Separate things into types.  Maybe you’ll want all the linen napkins together and all the towels together. Or maybe you will want all the Christmas linens in one spot and all the Easter linens in another.  Find a system that works and stick to it.
  • Label it. If you are lucky, sometimes the kids or the husband will put the linens away.  Label your shelves, bins, baskets or containers so people know what goes where.
  • Space.  Experiment with different folding or storage techniques based on the amount of room you have. You can fold or roll towels. You can stack linen napkins or store in their napkin rings already rolled.

Organizing a linen closet

Ideally, your linen closet should be located near your dining room or dining area.  We have an actual linen closest upstairs near the bedrooms but that isn’t practical to store the linens we use for dining.  If it isn’t convenient, you won’t use it. Find somewhere near your dining area to store the napkins, placemats, tablecloths, etc. Store things you’ll use every day in the most convenient location.  You can store holiday linens or grandma’s vintage linens out of the way if you need to.

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My existing linens for the kitchen were stored in a cabinet above the stove that I could barely find anything in unless I stood on a chair.  Everything was a jumbled mess and I was constantly having towels tumble down on top of the stove when I was looking for something.  I moved everything from there into a book case in the pantry that I had decluttered. Now everything is grouped together and easy to find when I need it.

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Organizing a linen closet

Organizing a linen closet is just one thing I was inspired to do from this week’s lesson in Decluttering Made Easy.   There’s tons of information in here that will help you turn your dining room into an area you can actually eat dinner in. If you’re anything like me, your dining area is probably too cluttered to allow you to enjoy it most nights. If you haven’t already signed up, I highly recommend you do.  I am loving how easy the lessons are.  Receiving them once a week in my email box lets me work on them at my own pace.

If you are working on decluttering and organizing your home, I highly recommend the e-course, Decluttering Made Easy.

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Comments

  1. Looks great. My linen closet is in my bathroom but the house is very small so it's easy to get to.
  2. Heather Waring says
    I so love to declutter, it makes me feel so good and clears not only the physical space but my mind too. I'm not aiming for minimalisation but I love being able to find things, I love things being in the right place. I love having no piles of 'stuff' all over the place. Thanks for sharing this.
  3. Delia @ Blog Formatting says
    Very inspiring, Ellen. I love your blog! I have a linen closet on the hallway, and I have my own way of storing things, but I can see where it's really useful to have labels for when you get the little elves to help you store things :)
  4. Linda Ursin says
    I don't have one single linen closet. I keep the sheets in the top part of my wardrobe, I have one small closet for towels upstairs, one drawer for dishtowels and dishcloths, ans I keep the rags on a shelf in the pantry. If the wardrobe in the hallway had shelves, I might keep it all there, but for now this is the way it has to be. I just don't have a closet for all of it.
    • Ellen Christian says
      I think a wardrobe could work well for a linen closet too. Sadly we don't have one so we make do with what we have.
  5. These are great tips...I need to organize mine one of these days!
  6. I hate our towel closet. It has more than just towels in it.  I started straightening it up and getting rid of stuff but I didn't empty it first.  That's what I need to do to actually fix it, I think!
    • Ellen Christian says
      That's always my first step, Darcy.  I'm never 100% certain what's in there until I remove everything.
  7. I always put off organizing and big cleaning projects, but once I start it, I'm always glad I took on the project. I love the bins you used!
    • Ellen Christian says
      Thanks, Erica! I got them at Dollar General and will be using similar ones in my decluttering project this weekend. Stay tuned!

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