Home Organization 101 Week 7 – “The Linen Closet”

October 13, 2012




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 If you are joining the challenge, please place the challenge button on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, please share the challenge on your Facebook page, Twitter, or Instagram.






Home Organization 101 will continue for 14 weeks. Each Saturday, I will post a new “space” along with pictures of my finished space and share the process of how you can organize yours. You can take as long as you need, and once you are finished organizing your space, come back here to this post and link up your blog (with pictures) to share with all of us. If you do not have a blog, you can take pictures and share them on our Facebook group page (here).   Questions, ask away… Our facebook page is the best place to ask them.  Have fun!  Now lets get organized.


Week 7 – The Linen Closet

We are already half way there… to a completely organized home! We have finished the “hard” spaces in our homes, and its downhill from here. How do you feel? I feel like I have accomplished so much these past 2 months. Today we are organizing a pretty simple space, the linen closet.


1. Take a pictures before you start.

2. Empty out your space… down to the last dustbunny! Its best to place everything on your bed or table (away from the closet). If you have to carry it to the bed in laundry baskets, do it. You will sort though it soon.

3. Wipe it out, dust, vacuum, mop. Make it shine and smell like lemons.

4. Now label 4 baskets/bins for sorting (keep, giveaway, other room, trash).

5. Sort through everything that was in the space. Only keep what you really use. Do you need 4 sets of sheets for each bed? Do you need 15 pillowcases? Commit to purging un-used clutter. You do not need it!

6. If you are going to use decorative baskets to organize the space, label them according to your personal needs. Mine are labeled: one for each family members sheets, pillow cases, and curtains. You may also keep extra towels, etc in your linen closet. If you need labels, here are the ones I created for my space. You can download them for free.

7. After you are finished sorting, take the “trash” to the curb, place the “giveaways” in a trash bag and put in you trunk, leave the “other room” until you are finished with the linen closet, and take the final baskets (the keep pile) back to the linen closet. Its time to organize!!

8. Line up your decorative baskets and place “like” items together. Make sure you have purged extra sheet sets, etc.. that you do not need. It takes up valuable space and you will probably never use it. Once you are finished organizing, place your baskets in the linen closet, or line up your sets of linens “with like items together” on the shelves. Label the shelves if you don’t use baskets.

9. At this point, you can spray some linen spray and take a picture. Then come back here to share with us… Link up your blog post or share your pictures with our facebook group.

Great job!!


 We have many closets in our home, but we use them for different things. This armoire, which is in our master bedroom, is perfect for our bed linens & curtains. If you are wondering, we keep all of our towels in the bathrooms.

 I purchased these baskets at Target. They fit perfectly in the armoire.

 I emptied the space out and went through and purged a lot!

These pin style name badges are the best labels to attach to fabric. You can also take the pin off and use a velcro sticker.


 I created linen closet label printables to share with you!!  You can download them for free here. Cardstock works best when using these but any paper will do.

 Instead of naming the baskets by sheet size, I chose to use our names.  We do not share sheets so it didnt make sense for me to name them by size.



 I keep our extra blankets in the bottom drawer.

 The extra sheets go into these drawers.

 Our linen closet is simple, functional, and organized… just how I like it!



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If you would like to share your linen closet post from your blog, link up now!  

25 comments on “Home Organization 101 Week 7 – “The Linen Closet”

  1. Toni…How do I grab the challenge button to put on my blog…HELP 😉
    Felicia Nguyen

    • Admin says:

      Felicia you can just right click on the picture (save it to your computer)… then copy the post url address… go to your blogger, go to layout-add new- add picture – then upload the picture from your computer and attach the address. 🙂 Hope this works. Its pretty simple once you get the hang of it!

  2. Sarah says:

    Where did you find that BEAUTIFUL armoire? I can’t stop thinking about it!

  3. Your linen cabinet looks great, what a beautiful piece of furniture too! I dunno what happens to mine but jeesh, can it ever get messy so fast! Every year I go though it and take out what I haven’t used in the last year and donate it to the thrift stores and that helps keep the clutter down. Thanks for posting your tips!

  4. Kathy says:

    Love the new site—-it’s beautiful!

  5. Jen says:

    So pretty! I would love to know how you folded the sheets to fit in the baskets. Do you keep the pillow cases with the sheets or separate? Folding sheets is one of those tasks that I just can’t ever seem to master. I have tried putting it all in one of the pillow cases but it just still looks messy to me.

  6. susan says:

    Hi Toni. Just wanted to pop in and say that I LOVE your new site. So well-organized (no surprise there) and user friendly which is important to me because I reference your site OFTEN! 🙂 Have a great weekend.

  7. Toni, Love your site makeover! The yellow is bright and fresh but not overpowering. Looking good! 😉

  8. The linen closet looks great! I love the idea of labeling the sheets by name versus size. So smart!

  9. Michelle says:

    You continue to inspire me! I am going to save up for baskets like this for my linen closet. It fits my Southern country house perfectly.

  10. *General* says:

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    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said
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    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off
    topic but I had to tell someone!

  11. Robyn Amott says:

    Gorgeous!! Love your use of name badge holders, very clever!

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  13. Liz says:

    I love the baskets you use Toni!!! Where did you get them? Also, I have a small linen closet, would these work in there or would it be smart to use to baskets at all? Thank you!

  14. Liz says:

    I meant to say No baskets at all. Not to baskets. oops.

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