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June 3, 2013

Making a House an Organized Home: Operation Linen Closet

March 30, 2010

You followed along for a month as we moved out….now I am eager to share all of the organizing adventures of moving in!

Today’s focus: ┬áThe Linen Closet.

pre-move-in linen closet. it goes back pretty deep.

I wrote quite a bit in The Moving Diaries about organizing things before you pack them so they’d be ready to be put away when you get to your new home. The one exception is The Linen Closet — I used the contents as padding in boxes of fragile items so sheets, towels, robes, blankets and pillows were scattered between the MANY boxes. Every time one of my wonderful unpacking helpers found something like that I told them to just stick it in the linen closet and I’d deal with it later.

this had to be dealt with...

Maybe your linen closet looks a little like this? Here’s how I tackled the situation:

1. Empty the closet and as you’re doing so, sort the contents into categories that make sense for you (your towels, guest towels, your sheets, guest sheets, etc…)

this part of the couch was holding guest sheets & towels, beach towels and extra throw blankets. The entire living room was in play.

2. Prioritize your categories — which ones will you need to access frequently? Which can be stored in the deeper recesses of the closet (because you rarely reach for them…)?

because we change our duvet/comforter seasonally, they can be stored in the back

3. Create homes for your categories — and label accordingly! I love labels because it means that no one can say “I dont know where this goes” or “I don’t know where to find that.”

name that shelf!

4. Containerize! I’m sure that some of the things you want to store in your linen closet might not fold so nicely (or stack up so neatly on a shelf…). For a linen closet where decor is not really an issue, I like clear plastic containers (like these from The Container Store) so that you can see what’s inside. Of course, I still label my boxes.

pretty boxes all in a row.

I was able to complete this project in about 2 hours. It’s ok if it takes you longer — i just want you to realize that you don’t need to commit days of your life to your organizing projects. Just find an hour or two and take care of something!

In the end, you’ll be left with a more functional space — like this finished product!

neat, tidy, and best of all....organized!

A recent visitor said “Now THIS is what a closet should look like!” I couldn’t agree more, Lisa. I couldn’t agree more.