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How to organize a messy linen closet

When reorganizing your linen closet, think about how

When reorganizing your linen closet, think about how you store items. Instead of folding towels try rolling them. Photo Credit: Fotolia

It’s the one closet that seems most difficult to keep tidy. Shelves are overflowing, finding an item is hard, and when you pull one thing out, everything else comes with it. Yes, the linen closet is a challenge. But some simple organizing changes can turn it from a jumble to a joy to behold.


A major weak spot for all linen closets is the shelving. Shelves are often either too close or too far apart. If the shelves can be moved or adjusted, realign them so that they are all equally spaced.

The other problem is division. Shelves that are too wide easily look messy and don’t let you separate items easily. A quick solution is to install a divider between at least two of the shelves. This will help you corral items, like sheets that are in different sizes such as king and queen, or guest linens from regular linens. It also helps you keep items neater-looking — and that means things are easier to find and retrieve. If you’re not handy and don’t have time to build or install dividers, shelf dividers can easily be found online in a variety of styles and materials ranging from acrylic to wire.

Another important change is a pullout shelf. These can be purchased at your local home center and installed quickly. Pullout shelves are terrific for holding small items like washcloths, sponges, soaps and cleaning products that are hard to get to at the back of the shelf. Install this little wonder and you’ll have easy access all the way to the back of the shelf.

To make the top shelf more productive, consider cutting this shelf off by one-third. This will enable you to have complete access to the top shelf and the ability to see and access everything on the second shelf. This is the perfect spot to store blankets, pillows or items you need on a seasonal basis.


Because bottom shelves tend to look messy, consider adding storage bins here. They will keep items neat and give you the ability to pull out the entire bin easily to get to all the items.

Hooks are also a helpful addition. Use these to store a guest robe or hold loofahs. This is also a nice spot to hang a broom or dust mop or duster. Look for items like a broom and mop organizer that enables you to hang a broom, mop and three small items such as a duster or microfiber cloths.


When reorganizing your linen closet, think about how you store items. Instead of folding towels, try rolling them. Pulling towels out when they’re rolled up means the rest of the towels will stay neat, too. When storing sheets, always place the sheets and pillow cases together, storing the sheet set inside one of the pillow cases. Or, place the fitted sheet and cases together and wrap the folded flat sheet around the stack. Both ways keep sheets together, organized and easy to find and pull out of the linen closet.

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