Maximizing Your Linen Closet


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When you think about organizing your home, maybe your closet is the first place to come to mind. Maybe it’s your pantry, your fridge, or your kitchen drawers. Of course, these are all places in our home we interact with daily, and keeping them tidy can bring balance and simplicity to our every day. Linen closets can often become an afterthought, even though we use them just as often. How many of us have collected years’ worth of mismatched towels and sheet sets we no longer use but still pile onto our shelves? Today I’m sharing some helpful tips that will breathe new life into your linen closet!

Assess the Space

As with every storage puzzle you tackle, it’s important to first assess your space. Start by taking everything out of the closet, purge non-essential and worn out linens, and take inventory of what’s left. Maybe it’s time to replace those towels with a matching set! Measure the height, width, and depth of your shelves and keep these numbers handy when choosing the right storage solutions. In NYC, storage space is precious. You’ll want to maximize every inch! Once you have an idea of how much space you have and what will be filling it, it’s time to start arranging a linen closet that will work for you.

Perfect Placement

When setting up your linen closet, be mindful of the things you need access to every day and the things you may only need seasonally. Towels and washcloths can be folded and stored by set on the bottom shelf for easy access for anyone in the family. On the next shelf up, store sheet sets inside one of the pillowcases to help keep everything together.

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Next up, blankets and comforters! I love the natural cotton zip bags from The Container Store for sleek storage of the bulkier items. They’ll stay dust-free and take up less space. Reserve your highest shelves for seasonal items like heavy comforters and blankets that you may only need for a small time each year. These can be stored in cotton zip bags as well.

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Label Away

Once you’ve found the set-up that works for you, make it official by labeling your shelves. This will help keep everyone aware of where items belong, quell any mix-ups of whose sheets are whose, and make it easy for guests to find what they need.

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Choosing the Right Solutions

Another essential when organizing any closet is making use of the right storage solutions. They can be both aesthetically pleasing and highly functional, adding visual continuity and helping you make the most of every inch of your space. Wire baskets are a great option for file folding sheets and pillowcases, rather than piling them and risking them falling over. They can also be used for necessities like cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and paper towels. Montauk bins are perfect for folding and storing sheets flat. Don’t forget to utilize labels when using baskets too!

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If you choose to store items directly on the shelves, take advantage of shelf dividers to keep piles tidy and separate from each other.

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Your linen closet doesn’t have to feel cluttered and chaotic. With these tips and a little effort, it can be beautifully organized. Your linen closet will feel light and clean in no time, and who knows, maybe you’ll even look forward to putting laundry away!

The Aesthetic Organizer is a professional, personalized service that helps New York City residents organize their homes, simplify their lives and maximize their precious space. You deserve a beautiful, well-thought out home. Curated closets, organized bathrooms, cheerful children's play areas and functionally spaced kitchens are only the beginning. Contact me here to experience the benefits that come with Aesthetic Organization.

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