Friday, September 7, 2012

Organized Linen Closet

Since I'm on the topic of closets (see yesterday's paint closet here), I thought I'd go ahead and show you our linen closet in our upstairs hallway near the girls' bathroom and bedrooms. I wish I had a before picture but for some reason I don't. Just picture your typical white walls and shelves stuffed with bedroom sheets and other odds and ends that really didn't belong.

When starting any organizing project I like to use the acronym SPACE as a guide.

1. S=Sort (Take everything out and sort into like categories).
2. P=Purge (Get rid of what you don't need and move what you may need in another room back to its appropriate spot.)  
3. A=Assess (Think about what does belong and the best way to utilize/display it.)
4. C=Containerize (Put like things together into containers when possible.)
5. E=Equalize (Do a regular check to see that all of your hard work stays put. If random things start creeping back in, put them back where they belong.)

So after sorting and purging, I assessed and re-evaluated what this closet's best purpose (for us) would be. For example, before I had  sheets for each of our rooms piled in here. Not only was there not really room for all of that, but it really wasn't all that convenient. I decided to move all but my oldest daughter's sheets to the rooms in which they are used. I also condensed the number of sheet sets I had for each bed to two sets (except for my 2 year old who is known for the occasional accident).
You may recognize that paper that line the shelves as well. It is the same paper I used to line the drawers in the girls' bathroom. I thought it was a sweet pop of color. And since the linen closet is right outside of their bathroom it kind of made sense that they matched. Am I the only person who cares if her closets match the rooms they are in?

I was also always searching for a place to collect both girls laundry. And now that I had so much more room in this closet, it made perfect sense to house their laundry baskets in there as well.

The baskets are the perfect fit to slide in and out whenever we need to.

I also keep a bottle of stain remover for those clothes that were worn on really fun dirty days. :)

This closet transformation has really helped. The girls can now put their laundry away themselves and things are where the belong. 

Tip: If something (such as a closet) isn't working for you...change it. Reassess what isn't working and what would be useful in the space and make changes accordingly. Sometimes you have to think outside the box a little but there really are no rules--other than to make it work for you. 

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  1. Another great job Susan! I moved sheets to each person's room a few months ago because there was more space in each bedroom's closet than in the linen closet. Much better!

    I love the idea of the laundry baskets in the closet...hidden but still accessible. I also really like the clothespins to hold your labels on the baskets. I have some little baskets in my fridge that I was trying to figure out how to attach labels to and I think my mini clothespins will do the trick. Thanks for the idea :)

    1. No problem Hilda! Thanks for the encouragement! Hope you have a great week!

  2. I so need to do this to a few closets in my house. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. You're welcome! It isn't so bad once you get started and once it's finished....such a good feeling. Music always helps the process too. :)

  3. What a wonderful job, Susan! Love how you labeled all the a cute & practical way! We don't have an actual linen closet in this house {it drives me nuts}...but I keep thinking of creating one somewhere and I love your layout. Pinning this for sure. {Oh, and we have that same Vick's humidifier!} Found you through Cheerios & Lattes' Party. I host a party that begins tomorrow night & would love for you to come and join us. Thanks bunches for sharing!

    kristi, your newest follower :)

    1. Thanks so much Kristi! I will come check out your blog and try and share something as well! Have a great week!




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