linen closet tips

Tackling the linen closet

Do you feel like you are in danger of an avalanche every time you open the closet door? Linen closet space is always at a premium, so don’t waste it with things you no longer need.

Let’s get started

Start by taking everything out of the closet. It’s a necessary evil of the process. Clean the shelves or racks before you proceed so you know everything is going on clean shelves.

Sorting your linen closet

Get rid of the tattered, bleach stained and otherwise damaged sheets, blankets and towels. Towels that are not usable can often be repurposed by animal rescue groups that really appreciate what you no longer want. Vietnam Veterans of America will take your extra linens and even come pick up your donation.


Most linen closets have shelves. But, are the shelves the correct distance apart? Do you need to add shelves? Can you take out a shelf or two?

Some people recommend rolling the towels instead of folding them. This is a personal preference. You may be able to fit in more towels if you roll them. Keep in mind, once you set up the linen closet, you are going to have to continue with the method you choose. Which way is easier for you to do moving forward?

The door for extra storage

If, when you close the door, it is very close to the shelves, you won’t be able to add any storage there. But if it is 5-6 inches away, you can add an over the door shoe organizer that can be used to hold extra bathroom supplies like cotton swabs, bars of soap, toothbrushes and more.

Another idea is to add towel bars to the inside of the door for extra towel or bedding storage.

Linen sets

If you keep each set of linens together and maybe extra pillowcases in a spot of their own, it will be simple to change bedclothes. Store each linen set inside one of the pillowcases and you will never have to look for the pieces of the set. Just grab the group and you’re ready to change linens.

Keep your linens smelling nice

This can be achieved by something as simple as an open box of baking soda or a few strategically placed dryer sheets. If you want to get fancy, try a few sachets.


Lastly, folding a fitted sheet can be extremely challenging. Below is a video on how to easily fold one. Personally, I find it easier to quickly fold the bottom sheet and not get hung up on whether or not it’s perfectly folded.

Now that you can fold a fitted sheet and put them in matched sets, you are well on your way to an organized linen closet. If this challenge is too much for you right now, contact me and we can talk about organizing your linens and any other part of your home.

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