Despite your best intentions, the linen closet in your home – which are often rather small – has become the junk drawer equivalent for everything bed and bath-related. You are not alone in this, I encounter the problem in my home organization work often.

However, it does not have to be that way. Here I am going to share ten simple tips for linen closet organization that will help you get the functional, organized linen closet you have always aspired to, but never quite achieved.

  1. Purge non-essential linens.

Be honest with yourself about how often you actually use your zebra-print hand towels or the faded lime green sheets you got when you were in your “bold color” phase in college.

Chances are good that you don’t use at least half of what you store in your linen closet Rather than finding a spot for the rather hideous floral towel set you got for Christmas five years ago, and immediately stuffed in the linen closet out of sight, donate it instead.

Linen closet organization is so much easier when you have less stuff to work with.

  1. Line your linen closet shelves.

This simple preventative measure goes a long way in maintaining the quality of your linens. Often some wood and laminate shelves can cause fading or discoloring on these delicate fabrics over time, so to avoid ruining them, cover your shelves with liner paper as a part of your linen closet organization project. You can go basic and practical or patterned and pretty — the options are endless.

  1. Always put things away clean.

This should go without saying, but washing your sheets and towels before you stack and organize them is crucial. That way you know you’re always reaching for a clean item when you need to make your bed or resupply the guest room with fresh towels. Often kids are the culprits when dirty sheets and towels end up back in the linen closet, so a little education session after you finish your linen closet organization day is a great idea.

Want to go the extra mile? Iron your sheets after drying them and learn how to fold them in such a way that they stay wrinkle-free even when stacked.

  1. Sort and organize your linens by category.

There are a few ways you can do this: by type, size, or location. If you have distinct sheet sets and linens for each room in your home, separating them by space is easiest. If, however, your towel and sheet sets are more versatile and interchangeable, you may want to organize them by size, type, or color.

Keep everything else — beach towels, dish towels, table runners, duvet covers, quilts, and the like — organized alongside their fellow items.

Make sure to put your most frequently used items at the front and center of your linen closet for easy access, and relegate off-season or little-used items to the top shelf or back of the closet.

  1. Use boxes, bins, and baskets to store and separate your linens.

If you have a ton of different types and sizes of linens, designated mini storage zones are the way to go to keep everything neat and easy to locate.

You can use fabric boxes, cloth bins, or straw and wire baskets to separate your different items: bath towels in one, dish towels in another, guest bedroom sheets in another, and so forth.

If you want your linen closet to look like it’s straight out of a Martha Stewart ad, invest in coordinating boxes, so everything looks clean and uniform.

  1. Don’t forget about fabric bags, zippered plastic pouches, and space-saving bags.

For everything that can’t be stored in a box or basket, get creative. That plastic zippered duvet bag you weren’t sure you should save? Pull it out from under your bed and use it to hold your duvet, down comforter, or even a spare pillow.

Extra beach towels, quilts, and pillows can also fit into fabric drawstring bags, which allow them to breathe a little.

For bulky, but easily squishable items, employ the help of a handy space-saving bag. These miraculous little bags will compress even the heftiest of bedding down into a neat square, saving you tons of room.

  1. Store sets of sheets in corresponding pillowcases.

Forget pairing cream-colored pillowcases with your crisp white sheets because you can’t find their match.

Forget frantically digging around in piles of fabric to locate the one navy blue fitted sheet you know is in there somewhere.

And forget the tears of frustration.

Instead, fold your sheets neatly, then tuck the entire set inside one of its corresponding pillowcases.


  1. Label your linens.

Once you’ve got your linens sorted and organized into different stacks and storage bins, put a label on everything.

Being able to distinguish between your full-size and queen-size sheets at a single glance will make it a cinch to find exactly what you’re looking for — both when you want to take things out and put them away.

  1. Use an over-the-door rack to hang tablecloths and runners.

A rack on the inside of your linen closet door is perfect for storing table runners and tablecloths neatly.

Hanging these items doesn’t just make them easy to see and access, it also helps keep them dust- and wrinkle-free so you can pull them out for a dinner party with just a moment’s notice.

  1. Keep your linen closet fresh.

Nothing spoils a wonderfully executed linen closet organization session faster than moths, must, and mildew wrecking your beautiful bed and bath necessities and spoiling all that hard work. Moth balls are one answer, but as they don’t smell great to keep your linens fresh and moth free while they’re tucked away, use a few of these tried and true methods:

  • Add a box of baking soda on your linen closet floor to absorb bad odors.
  • Strategically place cedar blocks along your shelves to prevent moths and bugs.
  • Put a dryer sheet inside your packaged sheet sets to keep them smelling clean.
  • Toss a few lavender sachet bags or scented soaps in your linen boxes, so they maintain that soft, just-washed smell.

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