How to Organize a Small Closet
How to organize a small closet – Linen edition.
This is going to be fun – I’m going to show you how to organize a small closet, specifically your linen closet, using mine as an example.
Be honest, how many of you have a linen closet that looks something like this:
Or maybe even like this….
Yes…this monster belongs to me. And as you can see, it’s a pretty small space to try and work with. I’ve been putting off this project for awhile, but it’s time to face this beast.
The pictures above are definitely how NOT to organize your closet…
But you get busy with kids, work and life, and sometimes these things get neglected. And that’s ok. But after awhile, I can’t take looking at this mess anymore, and it’s time to clean it up.
This is a perfect wintertime project, because it’s too cold to get anything done outdoors, and it’ll be taken care of before Spring arrives!
I’m going to show you what I did to get my small linen closet cleaned up, cleaned out and reorganized. It’s a pretty small closet, so there’s only so much room for everything. But there are ways to work around this.
Step 1 –
So, the first thing I did was pull everything out of the closet. Emptied it completely. This part was actually kind of fun.
My first thought was, “Wow, I had no idea I could fit this much into such a small space!” My second thought was, “Wait, I don’t remember this sheet set…where did they come from?”
I even found a roll of toilet paper hidden under the blankets! Be prepared for finding buried treasure you didn’t even know was there…
Step 2 –
Ok, so once I emptied the closet, I went through everything that was in the closet. The blankets, sheets, towels, and even my cleaning rags.
I started with the blankets, neatly folding each one and sorting them into two piles – keep, and donate. I love having extra blankets, but we really didn’t need this many extras.
I separated my “keep” blankets into two piles, comforters and fleece blankets. This just makes it easier for when I go to place them back into the closet. The kids are always grabbing for the smaller blankets, so they’ll go on top.
Step 3 –
Once I got through the blankets, it was time to tackle the massive pile of sheets and pillow cases. This actually went a lot smoother than I thought it was going to go. (Whew.)
Partly because I ended up adding most of the sheets that were in my closet to the “donate” pile. We just recently upgraded both teens to bigger beds, and didn’t even need most of the sheets that were in the closet.
My “donate” pile grew pretty quickly!
I did keep one set, for a few reasons – partly because you just never know, and also because they’re great to use as drop cloths for projects!
I used a handy little trick to keep my remaining sets neat, organized, and together. I folded them neatly, and then used the matching pillow case to slide them into.
This helps keep the set together, and prevents them from becoming a mess again when the kids go to pull down a clean set of sheets!
This quick video will show you exactly how I used the pillow case as storage for the sheet set.
It’s a quick and easy way to keep everything organized and together. And they look so much neater in your closet.
Step 4 –
Finally, I took a look at my towels, washcloths and cleaning rags. Anything that was super worn out, I just tossed in the trash.
I refolded and reorganized everything, so that everything was in proper order before I went to place them back into my linen closet. This made things go a lot faster when I started putting everything away.
There are a few different ways you can organize your towels. You can either separate them by sets, or you can separate them into categories.
I personally have quite an eclectic set of towels, hand towels and wash cloths, so I chose to sort them into their respective categories. So I have one pile for bath towels, one for hand towels, and one for all of the wash cloths.
And of course, I made a completely different pile for my cleaning rags. Wouldn’t want to mix those up with the wash cloths!
Step 5 –
This is quick and easy. Before I put everything back into the closet, I wiped down the floor, trim and shelves. Might as well do it while it’s empty! That way it also feels clean and complete. This is a great step in how to organize a small closet that some don’t think about!
Step 6 –
Time to put everything back! I started by putting the comforters back into the bottom of the closet, and then placed the smaller blankets on top.
Once they were in nice and neatly, I put my sheet sets and extra pillow cases back into place. I tucked the extra pillow cases in between the sheet sets so they wouldn’t get mixed up with the sets.
Then, I put all the towels, hand towels, wash cloths, and cleaning rags in. I decided to place the smaller and least used towels together on the lowest shelf, as well as my cleaning rags.
I placed our regular use towels on the second and third shelves, along with the hand towels and wash cloths. These shelves are at the perfect level for the things we use the most.
All that’s left to do is step back and admire your work. I finally had room for the toilet paper to fit! Sometimes, it’s the little things…
It’s so much neater looking and definitely makes me feel a lot better knowing it’s finally done. I was also able to clean out quite a bit, one thing I really enjoy doing.
Before – After –
Clutter can make life so much more complicated, and when you’re able to clean out what you don’t need, it makes things so much easier. And I’m able to donate to those in need – bonus!
So, that’s how to organize a small closet – linen edition. If I can fit all of this into such a small closet, anyone can! Everyone’s closet space is set up differently, and there are more ways to organize a small linen closet if you’re looking for other ideas.
Organizing projects like these can actually be fun. And it’s a great way to pass the time while trying to get through these long Winter months. The best part is, once Spring arrives, these projects will be done, giving you more time to enjoy the beautiful weather once it’s here!
Hope you enjoyed watching the transformation, and I’ll see you in the next post!