Day #4 ~ Getting Organized Challenge (The Linen Closet)

January 5, 2011
Day #4 Challenge (The Linen Closet)

Today we are organizing the linen closet.  This will also be a day of purging. (I know you don’t use everything in that closet!) I cant wait to see all of your before pictures, becuause I know what mine looked like and it wasn’t pretty!! If you don’t have a linen closet, you can organize the area where you keep your bedding stored. So…

Here’s the challenge

1. Take your before picture!
2. Yank EVERYTHING out of there… I mean everything.
3. Now, sweep or vaccuum the floor & wipe down the shelving.
4. Get all of your boxes (keep, toss, donate) & start sorting.
5. If you have baskets and bins, this is a great place to use them. Place your bins/baskets on the shelving and start organizing.
6. Categorize everything. ie. Twin, full, queen, king, pillowcases, handtowels, washcloths, etc… Remember to only keep what you USE!  I only kept 2 sets of sheets for each bed.
7. Is your donation box getting full yet?? Remember at the end of this week we will take all donations to goodwill or store them for your spring garage sale.
8. Your finished!!  Now take your after picture and get your tush back here to show us your pretty linen closet.

Here are my linen closet challenge pictures.  I completed this challenge last month and its still clean. YAY!

I took (almost) everything out and vacuumed the floor.


I have an attraction to quilts, pottery barn & shabby chic bedding.


All nice & neatly organized. 


This is what will go in my annual garage sale, in the spring.  There is a ton of pottery barn bedding, etc. My 12 year old said this evening.. “Pretty soon, we are not going to have anything left!”  (I think she may be right).


Doesn’t it look pretty now?


I only kept 2 extra sets of sheets per bed.  Thats a good rule of thumb.


I still have my 12 year olds Lizzy Mcguire suitcase. My 3 year old uses it now.


One more time…

This only took me 1 hour to complete.  If I can do it, you can do it! 

If you are new to the challenge, click on the button below to see what it’s all about and join in!

One more thing…

I am honored to be “Sutch an Inspiration” over at 🙂


I was awarded the…

 “Most Stylish Blog” Award

Here is how her award works
This is how this fun award works:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you this award.


2. Share 7 things about yourself.


3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers.


4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award!

So 7 things about myself are…
  1. I’m a mother of 3
  2. I’m a professional photographer
  3. I’m a Registered Nurse
  4. I love to organize for FUN!
  5. I am {almost} debt FREE because of the Dave Ramsey Plan… and SOON to be because of Shaklee!
  6. One of my favorite things to do is thrift store shop!
  7. I served in the US Navy.
The 15 Blogs that I would like to award are…
  1. {I will need some time to think of these… )
  2. But I promise to get to them soon!


I won another Stylish Blogger Award today from…

Houes on Ashwell Lane

Thank you very much ladies!

Link up your DAY #4 Linen Closet Post to the challenge here…


25 comments on “Day #4 ~ Getting Organized Challenge (The Linen Closet)

  1. Megan says:

    Oh i cant wait to tackle this tomorrow. I have been waiting and waiting for you to post a linen closet challenge.

  2. Wow – that is quite a lot for your garage sale! I’m getting ready for one in the spring too, I’ll see what I can do to match yours! Looking forward to doing this tomorrow morning!

  3. Cazra says:

    Looks great! I will be sure to tackle this tomorrow. Along with linens, I also store my wrapping paper in this closet. I have been meaning to organize that stuff for a while. Thanks for taking the time to challenge us.

  4. Your linen closet looks so beautiful now. I’m inspired to tackle mine first thing tomorrow. I’ll post my before and after pics then.

  5. AmieAnn says:

    Wow! You are my organizational HERO! Can’t wait to dive into this one as my linen closet is also my personal closet because we don’t have a seperate space!

  6. mom2maya says:

    Oh Toni . . . the linen closet is my nemesis! I can’t do it tonight but I will have a pst for you after work tomorrow. I’m holding myself AND the nemesis accountable!
    Kristy 🙂

  7. It looks very pretty! I love that you containerized the linens.

  8. Reginia says:

    Yipee I was hoping the Linen Closet would be soon! I am loving all your Quilts 🙂

  9. Robyn says:

    I so want to come to your garage sale!!! Ready to go!

  10. Funny! I am posting your awesomeness as my reader space today! 🙂 Perfect timing!

  11. I am excited for this one, so lame I know but so are the rest of us I am sure!!

    Gonna head upstairs when Baby B hits naptime!!


  12. Hey Toni! I wanted to let you know that I gave you some link love over at Crafts & Sutch today! Please stop by to take a peek and grab a Sutch an Inspiration button too. 🙂 Have a good day!


  13. withpatience says:

    I love that owl. Is it a sleeping bag? So cute! I wish I could come to your garage sale I love Pottery Barn and Shabby Chic bedding too;-) We don’t have a linen closet–yours looks great, by the way;-)–so everyone just has a spot in their closet for their bedding. I will clean out our towel cupboard. It will be quite the challenge since two drawers are broken, and . . .well, you will have to check out my blog to see what and how involved this becomes. Guess I’m thankful for this task since it’s been put off and not dealt with for a l-o-n-g time. . .well, I’ll be thankful tonight anyway;-)

  14. Hey Toni, thanks for popping over to my blog AND becoming a follower. I am totally honored.

    Thanks so much for hosting this challenge. I am meeting so many great new blogger friends, and my house is getting straightened up too. Bonus. What a great way to start a new year.

  15. I love all your linens! I organized my linen closet 2 months ago, so i don’t have a before pic :o( I think I will tackle another set of cabinets!

  16. ~alicia says:

    I am sooo behind! I will have to post all my pix this weekend!


  17. Toni says:

    The “Owl” is a sleeping bag from Target. Isnt it cute?

  18. Jennifer says:

    Toni this is SO GREAT! I’m going to be raving about you to my husband tonight =) He knows I lack motivation for most things so he and I decided posting my awful messy pictures on the blog would help!

    pair that with your FANTASTICALLY motivating and fun challenge and look at that… i’m actually organizing our junk! =)

    love it! thank you so so much!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  19. I just want to thank you for these 21 days of getting organized! I just finished my closet and I feel like I breath again getting organized!

    I also wanted to add that I’m a nurse (lpn) and have been on the Dave Ramsey plan. We are on baby step 6! He has changed our family tree in so many ways.

  20. Toni says:

    You ladies are doing AWESOME!!! Im so proud of you. :))))

  21. radn says:

    You have been selected for the crafty blogger Award.

    check it out.

  22. Dar says:

    The colors of your linens alone make me smile : ) I’ll be sure to post on this one soon!

  23. I happened to see your button on All Thingz Related as she is doing your challenge – while I may be behind, I am so excited to give this a try! Thanks so much for the great idea – I’m off to tackle the cubpoard above my washer and dryer

  24. Samantha says:

    I just had a baby and I am nesting all over again. This 21 day challenge is WONDERFUL. I just organized under my kitchen sink and now I am off to do my dresser drawers. Thanks a bunch!!

  25. Emily S says:

    I had to take a little break to finish a couple of other “urgent” organizational projects, but I am back on track! Thanks for the lovely inspiration. I love the peace that is coming over my house by doing your challenge, and how easy it has been to maintain over the past couple of weeks! Thank you.


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