Organizing a Small Linen Closet

We’ve lived in this rental for 2 1/2 years and I am finally getting around to organizing the Linen Closet. It’s not that it was in bad shape but Organizing a Small Linen Closet can be a challenge. The closet is a little less than 23″ wide and 9′ tall and it needed to be able to hold all the guest and kid’s linens. If you need to get your linen closet organized I have some ideas to help you get it in shape.

Organizing a Small Linen Closet

Here’s the before. It’s not too terrible if I’m in charge but if the kids put things away it can get out of hand fast. Baskets are the key to keeping things neat and tidy and since it’s January storage items are a good buy right now. Also keep like things together so everything is easy to find. And finally, get rid of the excess before you get started organizing the space.

Linen Closet before

Let’s start on the top shelf with the games. Since the bedrooms and closets in this house are all pretty small this was really the only place we could store games. I had already donated games we no longer played right before Christmas. That’s the perfect time to evaluate usage of games and toys. Donate the ones your family no longer enjoys. I contained the smaller games in the large basket and the big games at the side of the basket. It’s easy for the kids to get the games out and put them back in the basket, plus they stay contained because they’re contained.

Linen Closet game basket

Since we spend a lot of time at swim lessons, the pool, and the ocean we use a lot of pool towels. Roll towels to save on space and fit more in the basket. I was able to triple the number of towels in this space by rolling instead of folding.

Linen Closet Pool Towels Basket

The bath towels fit perfectly in these baskets. We have one that holds the kid’s towels and one that holds guest towels. I like to keep the guest and kid’s towels separate and this seems to be working.

Linen closet guest towels basket

Keep your sheets all together by placing the set inside it’s pillowcases. The whole set is  together when it’s time to change the bedding. The boys have twin beds and my daughter has a double. When we have visitors, they take over her bed so she has extra sheets to be able to change more often.

Linen Closet sheet baskets

The next shelf holds extra blankets and the bottom shelf holds extra pillows.

Linen Closet blankets

I bought these chalkboard tags, 6 for $1. I’ve also made them by painting chalkboard paint on chipboard pieces. Label the tags with a chalk marker then attach them to the baskets with twine.

Linen Closet basket tags

Here’s the after. The baskets add so much to the closet by keeping everything contained even if the kids put things away. It’s been this way for 3 weeks and so far so good.

Linen Closet after

Because of all the sales this time of year I was able to purchase all 6 baskets and the tags for under $40. Happy Organizing!!!

Linen Clost Organizing Baskets with Chalkboard tags

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  • Marie, The Interior Frugalista January 8, 2016, 6:12 am

    I love using baskets in the linen closet, bathroom, kitchen…okay, I have them everywhere! I like your idea of using chalkboard tags so they can be changed as things get reorganized. I just happen to be going to Michaels today so I will be on a quest to find these!

  • Meegan January 8, 2016, 3:21 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your organized linen closet. I am actually working on mine right now. And I needed these tips.
    Love your blog!
    Happy New Year!

  • Allison Dey Malacaria January 8, 2016, 5:55 pm

    This is very similar to what I did years ago with my family. We actually had a good sized linen closet, but the organizing happened when I found 7 dirty (out of 8) bath towels for 4 people in the bathroom. The next day, each person owned two color-coded bath towels and one washcloth. There were 2 hand towels, one for the bathroom, one in the closet. There were two sets of sheets for each bed, one on the bed, one in the closet, plus one flannel set for cold winter nights. These were kept in the plastic zip bags. Each was labeled by size as we had three size beds: single, double, queen. Feather comforters were stored in there in summer, and the cotton thermals were the summer blanket. We did keep the games at the bottom though so the children could get them by themselves. I’m not sure why you’d have your at the top. My philosophy with most things was one in use, one spare. Never needed more. Your closet looks lovely!

  • Gina January 8, 2016, 5:58 pm

    January is my month to clean and organize! I love the use of inexpensive baskets – I use them all over the house. Good tips!

  • Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge January 9, 2016, 9:39 am

    Your linen closet looks great. I love the chalkboard tags. Thanks for the tips!

  • Ashley @ Simply Designing January 9, 2016, 12:07 pm

    Uh wow! This looks amazing! I definitely need to do this to my linen closet asap! So pretty! Pinning for later.

  • Malia January 10, 2016, 9:22 am

    Oh my gosh I am so jealous of your tidy closet! It looks awesome!

  • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking January 10, 2016, 10:58 am

    Baskets really make such a difference and I love the chalkboard labels!

  • Raquel January 12, 2016, 10:08 am

    Oh I am obsessed with chalkboard and love the labels. Great job on the linen closet Leanne!

  • Kristen June 5, 2019, 10:29 am

    Love your closet! Where did you get your baskets? Thanks!

  • Julia Waldron February 26, 2021, 6:45 am

    This is wonderful and exactly the help I needed. Thanks!

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