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Jan 05

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My Perfectly Organized Linen Closet

The linen closet is always the bane of my existence.  As much as I like to keep it organized, it ends up being the dumping ground for all things that need to be behind closed doors.  Anyone with me in solidarity?


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Now, what you will see is a normal linen closet in a normal house with a normal family.  My home, family, and life does not look like a magazine picture, nor does my linen closet.  I’m here to show you how you, a normal person, can organize your linen closet to make you happy.  Without a lot of fuss or muss.  Do I wish my linen closet was BEAUTIFUL?  Sure.  But we have stuff, and organization is top priority!


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As the saying goes… “A place for everything and everything in its place.”


Make a list of what you need in your linen closet.  Set up shelves or zones for each grouping.  Place the most used items in the easiest reach.



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A linen closet standard… sheets and towels.


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Did I mention that Hubby is a retired Green Beret?  We have two emergency lanterns, one emergency flashlight, and an emergency bag.  And that is just what is kept in the linen closet!


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The first aid kit and meds are clearly marked in containers with pretty tags and ribbons.  If you look closely on the shelf above… yes, that is my “Poison Ivy Survival Kit.”


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The goal is with clearly marked tags and boxes, that family members can not only easily find what they need, but then put it away in it’s correct place.  One can hope.


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While you are cleaning out and organizing your linen closet, take inventory.  Go through your medicine to make sure nothing has expired.  Take inventory of your first aid kit to make sure you have what you need.  If you have old towels or sheets that you can’t re-purpose, donate them to an animal shelter.  If you need new sheets and towels, you are in luck because it’s THAT time of year…. JCPenney’s HOME SALE!!!
20-50% off home. Save on select styles with code 48HOME. In store and online. Hurry! Offer valid 1/2- 1/9.
My hope is that one of these days, I will find time to give the linen closet a fresh coat of paint.  #528 on my to-do list.


Love, hugs and enjoying everything in its place… for now!




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  1. Minxy

    Love how organized your closet is! I’m so jealous. And… how did you fold those fitted sheets so they are neat?! *mind blown*

    1. Holly

      Hi Minxy – Thanks so much for visiting and LOL on those sheets. I have my own “Martha-style” for folding. It’s a great illusion! Hugs, Holly

  2. Christy

    I can never get my sheets folded that neatly! My linen closet has so many loose pillow cases and odd sheets, old dust ruffles, etc that I just can’t seem to part with! What I love about yours is you have exactly what you need and it looks so neat and organized! :)

    1. Holly

      Hi Christy – Thank you for your kind words. I tried not to let “perfection paralysis” get in the way of being organized. Neat and tidy is all that is needed. Hugs, Holly

  3. Jenny

    Great ideas! Love the pretty baskets with tags on them. Cute, cute, cute!

    I’d like to invite you to a new link party, called Happy Tuesday. We’re sharing anything that makes us happy – we want to spread good vibes and positivity throughout blogland. You can find out more info at the link below. I hope you’ll come and join us!


  4. The Quintessential Magpie Blog

    You did a great job on organizing this. I wish mine was done. This has inspired me to get cracking. It’s a mess in there right now. LOL

    Visiting from Susan’s Met Monday…



    1. Holly

      Hi Sheila – I hear you. And it’s easier to close the door than to take an hour an organize, but it’s worth it! Hugs, Holly

  5. Corinne

    Love, love, love this post. Thank you so much for not having a picture of a perfect linen closet with linens neatly bundled and perfectly symmetrical and only 10 items in the entire closet which would never be enough for a real family! This is almost exactly how my own linen closet is organized. It’s neat and functional but will never win any home decorating awards. Thank you for the tip about donating old linens to an animal shelter. We’ve always saved them so the kids could make forts out of them, but they are all getting a little old for that now and I didn’t want to just throw them away.

    1. Holly

      Hi Corinne – Thank you for your kind words. As I was taking pictures and writing the post, I did pause and wonder if I should be doing it, as it’s not “magazine worthy” like some I see out there. But I also think that “most” of us are normal people with normal homes and normal stuff who don’t live in magazines so you get the real me! Hugs, Holly

  6. Lady Lilith

    Now that is amazing. I wish my linen closet can only be half as organized. I should take a note and add that to my spring cleaning list later this year.

    1. Holly

      Hi Lilith – You are too kind, thank you so much. Hugs, Holly

  7. The Tablescaper

    You make me realize I have too many sheets. My linen closet is FULL of linens! but yours does look great!

    Wonderful to have you celebrating the New Year at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

    1. Holly

      Hi Alma – Thanks for hosting and one can never have too many sheets! Hugs, Holly

  8. Kristina & Millie

    You are just so full of great organizational ideas! When can you come over? I can pay in crafts or food.
    Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    1. Holly

      Hi Kristina & Millie – Ding dong…. that would be your doorbell. It’s funny…. I hate cleaning but LOVE LOVE organizing! Hugs, Holly

  9. Shelly

    Organizing my linen closet is on my to do list for 2014! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot! I hope to see you next week!

    1. Holly

      Hi Shelly – Thanks so much. It’s not going to win any beauty awards, but everything is perfectly organized! Hugs, Holly

  10. lydiaf

    I’m jealous. My linen closet looks nice for a day or two then goes downhill quickly (much like my hair after I leave the salon). Stopping by from Organized 31

    1. Holly

      Hi Lydia – So far we’ve managed to keep it in good shape. Fingers crossed! Hugs, Holly

  11. Nancherrow

    your linen closet
    looks fabulous

    all neat and tidy and organized

    would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded this week!


    1. Holly

      Hi Alison – Thanks so much, I do enjoy it much better. No beauty prizes, but I can find everything! Hugs, Holly

  12. Carol

    Great organizing, Holly! Women should be the only ones allowed to design home storage — no men allowed!

    1. Holly

      Hi Carol – I hear you on that one! If men organized our homes, the lawn mower would live in the kitchen LOL! Hugs, Holly

  13. Sue

    I also like the baskets with tags ideas like the above commneters and I need to multiply them all about the house.

    1. Holly

      Hi Sue – They work… “most” of the time! Thanks for visiting. Hugs, Holly

  14. April

    I REALLY need to tackle our linen closet…great tips and storage ideas! Thanks for linking up to the “Get Your DIY On” link up party! Remember to come back on February 2nd with your simple décor projects you love!

    1. Holly

      Hi April – Good luck with the linen closet and you betcha I won’t miss it! Hugs, Holly

  15. Linda - Home Cooking

    Hi…I’m one of your new followers. I have been working on my linen closet this past week. My closet does not have doors it is just a huge open shelves in the bathroom. You have given me some new ideas. :) Thanks – have a great week.

    1. Holly

      Hi Linda – Thanks so much for following – I hope you enjoy my little blog. Glad you liked the ideas. We have 3 small closets in the master bathroom that we actually took off the doors to give us more space so it’s harder to keep everything nice when it’s on display all of the time. Hugs, Holly

  16. Kathy

    Wonderfully organized – love that everything is clearly marked! Well done! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

    1. Holly

      Hi Kathy – You are too kind, thank you! Hugs, Holly

  17. arod

    great tips for keeping a linen closet well organized thanks so much for sharing at Meet the Neighbors

    1. Holly

      Hi Arod – Thank you for your kind words and hopefully one of these days I can spruce it up a bit. Hugs, Holly

  18. Katie Goldsworthy

    Way to just go and get it done! Looks great! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

    1. Holly

      Hi Katie – Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Have a great day! Hugs, Holly

  19. DONNA


    1. Holly

      Hi Donna – You hit the nail on the head. My family, life, and house are not glossy coated magazine pictures. We are very real and normal! Hugs, Holly

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