• Lahni Carney

Day 17: Linen Closet

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Hello, friends! Welcome back to Day 17 of How to Organize Your Entire Home in 20 Days!

We are so close to being finished with getting your house in order, just a few more short days and you will have reached your goal!

For Day 17, we are going to organize your linen closet.

**Bonus tip: The best way to make your linen closet looking nice is to have the "fat fold" facing out. Watch this video to see what we mean. This means that the thickest part of the sheet should be facing out. This creates a nice, uniform look!

This is one of the closets we tend to shut the door on to try to forget the mess isn’t there.

Today’s process will be quick and easy though, plus the end result will be so worth it!

If your linen closet is part of your laundry room, check out Day 16 for a full guide to organizing that room.

The first step to organizing your linen closet is to pull out all of the items in the closet and make a pile of them on the floor.

Start pulling out all of the sheets, blankets, towels, back stock items, anything that is in the space. Leave nothing behind in the closet.

By pulling out everything in the linen closet, you will be able to see which items actually belong in there and which items got thrown in there and are just adding to the disorganization.

Once you have pulled everything out of the space, start categorizing all of the items.

This means grouping together all of the like items -- the more defined you can make your groups, the better your linen closet will look at the end of the process.

Make groups of matching sheets, extra pillow cases comforters, throw blankets, back stock items (can we say Costco?!), towels, toilet paper, extra toiletries and anything else you may store in your linen closet.

Once you have made those broad groups, further categorize them by the size of each of the items (king size sheets, queen size sheets, adult towels, children towels).

By categorizing all of the items in your linen closet, you will easily be able to put the items back in an organized way and make it easier to find things in the future.

After you have pulled everything out and categorized your items, the next thing to do is to throw away any trash that you see.

Trash that easily accumulates in this closet are old boxes and random pieces of paper and plastic.

After you have categorized everything from your linen closet, the next step in the organizing process is to clean the shelves!

Start by dusting and wiping clean all of the shelves. Once you have done that, vacuum/sweep the floor.

Finish up by placing an air freshener in the closet so the items stored in there smell fresh when you go to use them.

It’s always best to clean the space in the middle of the organizing process when all of the items are out of the space so you can clean in those hard to reach spots.

Once you have cleaned the linen closet, it's time to get back to all of the items in the floor.

There are only 3 options to all of these items: keep, donate or trash.