Are your closets a frightening mess? I know, I know… mine too! Don’t worry – it’s not just you! Here are some tips for learning how to organize a linen closet for cheap with simple items from the dollar store!
I have a little secret. Family and friends know that I’m not a great house keeper. I keep the house picked up enough so that we don’t injure ourselves as we go about the house, but I certainly don’t keep it tidy either. My secret, however, is the condition of my CLOSETS! They are an embarrassing disaster of clutter and mess. How does everything that we don’t use every day end up in our closets? Does anyone else have issue?! I suppose I have been known to begin picking up my house, only to get get super frustrated with the abundance of kid shoes, hair bands and snack wrappers that seem to multiply overnight, and want to finish the job as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes that means that the nearest closet gets the items that I just don’t know where else to put them! (Please tell me I’m not the only one that does this on occasion!)
How to Organize a Linen Closet
Today I am accepting my messy tendencies (and hoping I’m not alone!), but also sharing a victory I recently had over my upstairs linen closet. I needed a quick and easy solution to the disaster and I’m quite happy with super simple and cheap organizational system that I put together at the Dollar Tree for just $6!
Stuffed with unfolded sheets and more pillows and blankets that we could ever use, there was no way to find anything when we needed it. Here’s how I organized it using items from the dollar store:
- Pull everything out! I know this seems like a daunting task but it’s the only way to organize it efficiently.
- Make a donation pile. If you haven’t used it in the last 6 months (or won’t need it for another season), get rid of it! Donate to a thrift store or give blankets and towels to a pet shelter.
- For the items you are keeping, make piles of similar items. Put all towels, sheets, pillow cases, blankets and other items in their own piles.
- Pick up $1 laundry baskets at the Dollar Tree. Get as many as you need to keep all of your types of items separate. These are a great size for allowing you to set them at least 2 deep on most shelves and allow you to easily pull out baskets to get to those in the back.
- Pull all like items in a basket and place it in the closet. For bigger items like blankets or outgrown kids clothes, use old plastic tubs that you likely have laying around the house. These work great to slide in on the floor under your shelves.
How much better does that look?! It’s tidy and organized and really didn’t take very long to do. I can tell you, it feels so much better to open up the closet and actually be able to find what I need. And now that it looks so nice, its easier to put away laundry without feeling like I’m adding to the mess. Best of all, it closes up nicely now and no one has to see any of it!
Do you have embarrassing closets too? Let us know how this organization systems works for you or how you keep your’s under control!
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