When it comes to linen closets, many people have a can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em attitude. And it’s no wonder, since linen closets are prone to disorganization and why-can’t-I-find-matching-sheets frustration. But we think the poor linen closet doesn’t get a fair shake—which is why we’ve gathered together a few tips and tricks so you can learn to love your linen closet.
DON’T limit your storage to shelves: There’s a wide world of linen closet storage out there, and sticking to only shelves isn’t just a wasted opportunity—it can also become the major problem of your linen closet. Drawers and bins can organize your closet contents, utilize your space more efficiently, and provide a special spot for items that are used less often.
DO opt for adjustable shelves: Of course, you’ll likely want some shelving in your linen closet. To save yourself future headaches, make the shelves adjustable. This will make your closet extra-adaptable and allow room for different types of linens into account. (Sheets and table linens usually need a height of about 10 inches, towels need 12-16 inches, and bulky items like blankets generally require 18 inches or more.)
DON’T forget about over-the-door opportunities: If your linen closet has a door, then you have a lot more storage options than you might think. Consider an ironing door on the back of the door so you can quickly de-wrinkle tablecloths and pillow cases. Add an over the door towel rack to give you extra closet space. You can even hang sachet bags on back of the door hooks to keep your linen closet smelling fresh.
DO reassess your folding habits: Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that make a big difference. Believe it or not, changing how you fold towels, sheets, or linens could offer up a lot more space in your closet. It may take a few trial-and-error techniques to get the full effect of this linen closet makeover; start by rolling your towels instead of folding or storing folded sheets inside of their matching pillowcase.
DON’T underestimate the power of labels: There’s a reason we tag friends in Facebook photos and mark library books according to the Dewey Decimal System—labeling makes it easier to find what you’re looking for. A good linen closet labeling system can be a real game-changer and you can tailor your system to suit your needs, too. Label linens by person, by room, by color, etc. Label towels based on whether they’re for everyday use, guest use, or beach use. Go wild with a label maker or use gift tags, index cards, or other DIY options.
DO dream big: Your linen closet can be as customized and personalized as you want it. Add a wider-than-usual shelf at waist height to serve as a work space for folding and sorting. Include lighting for an extra clear visual. You can make your linen closet anything but standard with just a few out-of-the-box ideas.
Ready to feel the linen closet love? Stop by Strickland’s Closets & Home Organization so we can chat about all your organizational needs.