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Organizing the Linen Closet

by MARIA on January 18, 2013

Oy, the linen closet.

Is it me or is that thing just a disaster all the time? Mine isn’t that big but it should be able to fit all the linens for four people.

Cue the purge!!

I took everything out of the linen closet, and started with redoing the shelving and covering it with prettier contact paper that I got at Homesense.

Huge improvement just by changing the shelving paper. I’m loving a good chevron lately.

Next, I purged the crap that I’ve been holding onto forever. I still had almost all the towels I got at my wedding shower in 2000. I had duvet covers that were still in packages from the shower as well. I’m pretty sure after 12 years, it was safe to get rid of them. So, I was brutal in my purge – if it felt like sandpaper, if it had any stain or just looked old and nasty, it was gone. If I never used it, it was tossed too. I filled a giant garbage bag with the old towels and sheets and felt great doing it.

Of course, I had to replace what I got rid of, which was mostly towels and sheets. So, I got some really nice Pantone towels, sheets and a quilt from my mom for Christmas. I also got a Homesense gift card from my brother so I had some money to burn! The day I went shopping, I also found an unused gift card on it that I had totally forgotten about with $145 on it!! It was meant to be!

I picked up new grey towels in all sizes, three sets of sheets including a Ralph Lauren set (who in my opinion, make the BEST sheets I’ve ever had). I picked up some cute decorative boxes to corral the face and hand towels so the closet would look neater, and a large basket for blankets.

It took a long time but it was so worth it!

And a full shot (hard to get with a shelf on the right) so sorry for the meh quality.

Before and After shot:

Linen closet done!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jen January 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

OMGosh – I love your closet…can you come do mine too?

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2 MARIA January 18, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Jen! If I lived closer, I totally would.

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3 Sarah January 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

While you’re at it, can you do mine too? Also, in MY house, the ‘before’ would be considered organized for the simple fact that everything was folded and put in piles. (It’s a high bar, let me tell you).

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4 MARIA January 18, 2013 at 1:55 pm

I’m going to pencil you in for next Thursday. :)

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5 Chantal January 18, 2013 at 1:33 pm

nice! That job is on my to do list. I should get to it by spring :)

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6 MARIA January 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Thanks Chantal!!

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7 Michelle January 18, 2013 at 5:06 pm

LOVE THIS!
Just the motivation I need to go organize my closet!
Thank you! :)

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8 MARIA January 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Glad to hear it!

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9 Londia January 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

The after shot looks great. Well organized. I need to do the same with mine. We have cleaning supplies and so on in ours and it just seems to get scattered in the closet.

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10 MARIA January 20, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Thanks Londia!

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