Jun 17, 2012
Jamie

Linen Closet Makeover

Ugh. I’m embarrassed to even show you this hot mess of a linen closet. I mean it’s ugly… so ugly, I recently sat in front of it thinking about how to fix it and literally starting cheering “U.G.L.Y….you aint got no alibi, you ugly, yeah, yeah… you ugly.” Then aside from realizing that I’m a total loser for actually singing that (while sitting alone… on the floor… in my hallway), I also realized that this closet does have an alibi, and a pretty good one at that. Its excuse is that it’s bin-less, label-less, and down right unloved. But I’ve tried to organize this beast before and obviously failed. The whole sheets in the pillow case idea is brilliant in theory, but since I have 0% clue how to fold a fitted sheet and have no desire to learn, this method just doesn’t work for me. So I decided to turn to my ol’ faithful… a labeled bin. And the result…? A truly loved linen closet. TADA…

IMG_2957_before       Organized Linen Closet

Here’s how I tackled it:

Step 1 – Determine its use. My very first step was determining what I wanted to keep in this closet. Jer and I also have a closet in our bathroom for toiletries and towels, so this closet only really needs to house sheets, pillow cases, blankets, and extra bath stuff like shower curtains and mats.

Step 2 – Take inventory. I took everything out of the closet and placed it in piles. Anything that didn’t fall into one of the categories above, went into a giveaway or toss pile. I’m not a fan of giving away (or receiving!) nasty old sheets or towels, so I tossed a majority of the little pile I created. You’re welcome Lousia Goodwill.

Step 3 – Bin it. Even after completing Dylan’s Nautical Nursery, I’ve still been eyeing nautical décor… so of course while I’m browsing through Home Goods this week, these canvas, rope handled bins immediately caught my eye. I didn’t have a use for them in the nursery right now, but as soon as I realized how roomie and stretchable these suckers were… I was sold. These are absolutely perfect for storing linens!

Organized Linen Closet

Step 4 – Label It. We wont relive the entire post, but as I told you guys early this week, I got these metal bookplates from the office supply collection of my lady crush – Ms. Martha Stewart. I was so very happy with how well these stuck to the canvas!

Organized Linen Closet

Organized Linen Closet

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Organized Linen Closet

Although this is only a closet I visit once a week – I’m so happy it’s no longer the ugliest in our house. The closet in our guest bedroom is now donning that title and likely won’t be tackled until I can fit into all of the pre-maternity clothes I’m hoarding in it Smile

So how about you guys? Anyone else tackled a closet organization project recently?

jamie

9 Comments

  • Oh I love those baskets! and as a nesting women like yourself any clean and organized closet makes me the happiest lady around :) Can’t wait to read more of your blog.

    • Thanks Shana! I’ve been shocked at how happy this little closet has made me. This nesting stuff is serious business :)

  • Ha, just did the linen closet reorg too (33 weeks here)! Just a tip for next time on the sheets etc… I’m taking my toss pile to the humane society for dog bedding.

    • What an awesome idea – thanks so much for sharing! I will definitely do this next time!!!

  • Ohmygoodnessohmygoodness! I am doing this tomorrow!!!!! You rock!

  • Do you happen to remember where you purchased those baskets?? Love them!

    • Hey Nicole! I got the baskets from my local Home Goods store. I’m sure any large and med sized canvas bins would work though!

  • I LOVE your blog! And this is my new weekend project! As for folding fitted sheets, Martha has a method that works well.

    • Thanks Summer! I know, I know, I’ve tried to learn her process but never end up doing it right :(

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