You Can Organize Your Linen Closet

You Can Organize Your Linen Closet


As far as closets go, linen closets are the smallest, providing barely enough room to store towels, house soft goods and keep medications. Organizing your linen closet is essential, however, especially if you need to remove time sensitive products such as drugs. You can organize your linen closet by creating that is not only tidy, but functional.

Empty out the closet — Clean out your linen closet, removing everything except for shelving. Inspect the now removed contents and divide everything into two groups — what should be included in the closet and what should be placed elsewhere or donated to charity.

Clean or paint, if necessary — Use this time to give your linen closet a thorough cleaning down. Wipe off shelves, dust the walls and sweep out the floor. If the shelving is peeled or the paint has worn, then put on a new coat of paint. Add contact paper if desired.

Adjust the shelves — Shelf height can make all the difference in how your linen closet is utilized. If you have adjustable shelving, then change accordingly. If not, you may want to gut the closet and start over using 1-by-4 inch and 1-by-10 inch boards, #6 finishing nails and sandpaper to set up new shelving. Carefully measure the closet, taking into consideration depth and width as much as its height for each row.

Arrange with care — Towels and bedding are the two most important items placed in linen cabinets, but how you place these is important. Beach towels should be kept in the back except in the summer. Flannel sheets should also be kept in the back except for the winter. Create a system where bath towels, hand towels and wash clothes can easily be reached. Group by size or group by style. Bulky items, such as blankets, quilts and pillows need ample shelf room and support. Store these items on the highest shelf.

Store equipment — Equipment, such as a vacuum cleaner can sit right on the floor, directly underneath the bottom shelf. However, if your linen closet is not large enough to suit your needs, place your equipment elsewhere and add in more shelving closer to the floor. You can still keep covered items in boxes on the floor, out of the way, but still accessible when you need these.

What about medications? — Should medications be kept in your linen closet or stored only in the bathroom? That’s a personal matter, but you may find it easier to keep medications handy in the linen closet. You can install a drawer for one row of your closet, enabling you to keep drugs and personal effects in one, contained area. Use glass containers to house cotton, tampons and cotton swabs.


Add lighting to your linen closet, choosing recessed lighting that won’t come in contact with your linens. A light that automatically activates and deactivates as the closet door is opened and closed can be energy saving and highly useful. If your linen closet is not ventilated, then have your electrician install a vent to allow for air circulation. Optionally, replace your traditional closet door with a ventilated linen closet door.



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Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".