Tips to Organize a Linen Closet


I am thrilled to share tips about how to organize a linen closet. I am so happy I now have organized sheets, towels, tablecloths, and bedding.

If you are anything like me, the linen closet is one area of my home that gets overlooked. I wash, dry, press, pop onto the self and then I close the doors! I decided it was time to get organized and I am sharing my tips to organize a linen closet with you today.

How to Organize a Linen Closet

I think I need to do an organizational week every month. Our home is so organized!

We were just on the phone with our eldest son explaining how organized our home is. He didn’t believe me. My comment was maybe he should read my blog and then he would know. Duh.

How to Organize Your Linen Closet

The “Before” view of my linen closet isn’t too bad. Everything is folded. There is just way too much stuff!

This entire week my friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms and I are sharing organizing tips. You will want to check out her post today about My Best Linen Closet Organizational Tips.

I wanted to make sure you saw our previous office/craft room, butler’s pantry, and kitchen organizing posts.

This is my newly organized linen closet!

Organize a Linen Closet

If you are on desktop, slide the arrow on the photo below to see the before and after on this organizing project.

Organize a Linen Closet Before PhotoOrganize a Linen Closet After Photo

Thinning out the Closet

This has been the easiest organizing project of the week. All I did was thin. As in thin out.

I really had to force myself to let go. In a big way.

I literally went through every single item and asked myself every time “Do you really need this?”.

Organize a Linen Closet

It is amazing how little I have left in my linen closet.

Organize a Linen Closet

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Before Photos

This is what I started with. It didn’t look too bad. Just too much stuff.

The first thing I dad was empty everything out of our linen closet.

It’s very deceiving but our linen closet holds a lot of stuff!

Organize an Empty Linen Closet

Told ya. Holy cow!

Organize a Linen Closet Discards?

Labeling Everything

I decided I needed to use labels. I don’t spend a lot of time in my linen closet (which is obvious). Labels help me remember what’s hiding away in the drawers.

Organize a Linen Closet Tablecloths

Don’t laugh but I now have drawers for three different kinds of table cloths.

Organize a Linen Closet Label Drawers

I get a lot of satisfaction from throwing things down the stairs so they are actually closer to the trash.

Organize a Linen Closet Discards

I started attaching the labels to the shelves and drawers. This makes me happy. I know, it’s weird but I love this kind of stuff.

Organize a Linen Closet Bedding

Don’t forget to check out my friend Karianne at Thistlewood Farms and her tips. I love how she folds her towels.

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Tomorrow we are sharing closet organization. I am working on my master closet.

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    1. Hmmmm, it’s a slider that moves left and right over a picture. Let me know if you are able to see it, it’s a fun way to see the before and after Teddee!

  1. The satisfaction of being able to see your stuff (I can’t see when it’s a cluttered mess) is BEYOND satisfying for me! I hope you donated the things you found you could live without 💕

    1. I agree Sheryl, it is very satisfying to be able to see everything in the linen closet now! Yes, I donated a huge pile that will now be someone else’s treasures 💕

  2. Love your blog. The organizational tips are very inspiring. One item that really stands out to me is your paint color. Would you mind sharing the color and brand?

    1. Monique, you can search “paint color” on the blog and you will find a post with a listing of all of the paint colors and brands for each room! Thank you for reaching out!

  3. My linen closet improved when I gave away all the extra sheets. Each bed has a set on the bed and one in the closet- nothing more! Now I need to sort pillow cases and napkins! You have 23 sets of China? A girl after my own heart! My sister and I share that gene and now my daughter does too.

    1. Doesn’t it feel so good to thin out the linens Martha Ann? Ha, I love that you, your sister and your daughter all love china the way I do! What a fun gene to share!

  4. Hi Leslie! This is my first visit to your blog, visiting from Thistlewood Farm. Your linen closet space itself is great, love the big shelves and drawers too. I also love how you answer each question that is asked in this comment section!

    1. Oh my gosh Mary! Thank you so much for your kind comments. I am so happy that you found my blog. Isn’t KariAnne @ThistlewoodFarm the best ever?! There are some amazing treasuers that come with a 100 year old home and this linen closet is definitely one of them. I very much appreciate that you reached out to me and I hope you continue to follow along! Have a great day!

    1. Mindy, my label maker is one of my favorite things! Makes me feel like I am so organized! Thank you for reaching out. Have a great day!

  5. A newly acquired trick that I love..
    I take the fitted sheet, top sheet and one of the pillow cases and place them all in the other pillow case. When I change the bedding, it is quick and easy to grab all the pieces in one packet and run. Also when I wash the bedding I fold it up and replace it in the linen closet all in one of the pillowcases, organized for the next changing. Thank you for your fun blog, Leslie! Especially enjoy your parties and recipes, especially your holiday party–pre-pandemic!! Cheers!

    1. Nancy, this is a brilliant trick! After spending so much time trying to match everything up, I will give this a try. Thank you so much for reaching out and for your kind words about my blog. It makes me so happy that you enjoy what I share. Have a great day!

  6. Living in California, I’m guessing southern California, you must not have much cold weather because you certainly don’t have many blankets. I was also surprised that you don’t have but two beach towels. Where do you store them all?

    1. Ha, yes, I am in Southern California. There are only two beach towels in the linen closet because the rest are all outside! Have a great day!

  7. I just reorganized my sewing room. I reorganized the fabric by type (knit, linen, cotton, challis) and moved items in my drawers. I also labeled the drawers. As I’m getting older it helps to know where extras are stashed. I also bought a new ironing board cover. My previous one is over 30 years old!

    1. Oh my gosh Maureen, you were busy! Doesn’t it feel so good to be so organized? 30 year old ironing board cover, hmmm, I think I need to take a look at mine too! 😂

  8. I have 6 bedrooms and most have now become guest rooms as kids come and go so by nature of having a set of sheets on each bed, and an extra set, it seems like I have so many! And blankets. And with living a few blocks from the beach, and having a pool and a hot tub, I have more towels than I can count and not even sure where most of them came from. For my extra sheets and pillows I started saving those clear bags that comforters come in now, and the zippered bags that sheets come in. Everything goes in those with fabric sheets. Less dusty, and they smell good when guests stay over. In the summer I move the beach towels outside by the pool and a basket at the backdoor, but in winter I put most of them in those space bags. BTW, I love your linen closet! What a treasure.

  9. Love what you did but I want to come and teach you how to fold. My ‘OCD’ is seriously setting in. I could make what is lovely, absolutely out of this world. Rule of thumb – never look into the folds of an item but against the back. Also makes it easier to pull out something because you see the entire item. Also all queen/king sheets should be exactly the same size if you are folding them the same way. Matching pillow cases can be folded inside the sheet – that way you never have look for them.
    So hope I am not offending!

  10. I love how you eliminated your unused items. I wish that I can do that! Hoarder, I am indeed. Uh, I finally I have to admit it. I also use the sturdier comforter zip bags for seasonal clothes and blankets. Great idea to place the sheets & pillow cases together to save on space. I’m glad that I don’t have OCD! Life is to short to stress over ridiculous stuff!

    1. Thank you Susan for reaching out and sharing your comment. I also loved Nancy’s tip about storing the flat/top sheet and pillow case inside the other pillow case, brilliant! No more trying to match everything! Have a great weekend Susan. I hope you join me tomorrow for Sunday Morning Coffee!

  11. Leslie…I can’t thank you enough for all your amazing & wonderful ideas on “HOW TO DO
    THIS & HOW TO REDO THAT” It teaches all of us GREAT NEW IDEAS that we get to keep
    with us always. You are so talented & creative. Thank you for sharing with all of us : )

    1. Oh my gosh Sherri, thank you so much! It makes me so happy to know that you are liking what I am sharing. Have a great rest of your Sunday!

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