How to Organize a Deep Linen Closet

how to organize a deep linen closet

Linen closets are an essential space in the standard home. Designed for storing linens such as sheets, pillows, and even towels. They tend to be a magnet for more than linens and gravitate towards housing all the necessities in life. 

Storage space is something every person wants more of in most homes. A deep linen closet can be both a blessing and a curse if not organized well.

When you have a deep linen closet, it’s hard to utilize all that space in an efficient and organized way. There’s more to organizing a deep linen closet than simply folding. Thankfully, you don’t need a big budget to get the job done.

Using a few baskets and some clever organizing can help you get your deep linen closet organized and functional. Here is how to best organize your deep linen closet.


How to Organize a Deep Linen Closet

Remove Everything From Your Linen Closet and Lay It All Out to Sort 

Starting your organization journey begins by cleaning out the linen closet. Start with a clean slate.

Choose a room where you can lay out all of your items and begin to organize and make important selections.

This is the perfect opportunity to dust those shelves and add nice liners if you want.

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Start By Getting Rid of What You Don’t Need or Use

All closets end up collecting items that you don’t feel like dealing with. Especially when you have deep closets and items can get lost towards the back!

The first place to start when organizing your deep linen closet is to get rid of anything you don’t want or use.  Donate or toss these items. Anything that is stained or torn should be tossed. 

Any sentimental items you don’t want to use but want to keep should be stored with heirlooms. Keep these in a storage space meant for actual storage, not functional storage.

Here is the exact decluttering process I used in an actionableDecluttering E-Book.

Check out my Get Things Done Printable to stay organized and on task.

Sort Items by Type

 A functional deep linen closet has everything sorted out by item type. Categorize all the items you’ve identified as something you will use. Sorting items by sheets, blankets, pillows, toiletries, towels, etc.

This can help you create a space that is easy to grab exactly what you need. It may be a good idea at this step to take inventory to know what you have.

This helps to ensure you don’t spend money on items you already have. Giving every item a home will help to keep you organized in the long run.

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Invest in Storage Bins or Baskets and Label Them

Clearly labeled storage bins or baskets are going to be your best friend when it comes to organizing and decluttering your deep linen closet. You can organize smaller items within the bins to create a cleaner look.

It gives each small item a place that is easy to find and easily grab when you need them.

Bins make it easier to contain messes and allow you to reorganize and move when needed if you have something stored behind the bins.


Get the Most Out of Your Space

When organizing your linen closet, optimize your space by placing the most used items in the front. Making them easily accessible.

All seasonal items or things you rarely use should be stored on the top shelves or in the back of the closet. Keeping these items behind the most frequently used items will optimize your deep linen closets.

Bonus Tip: Try to use space saver bags for bulkier items like comforters to maximize the space in your closet.


Use Shelf Dividers and Add Ons for More Storage

Shelf dividers can be a great way to section off your deep linen closet and help make the space more functional. Your linens can be aligned on one shelf in a way they do not start falling into each other with shelf dividers.

You can optimize your space by adding under-mount shelves for smaller items and help keep stacks of linens from falling over.


Master the Art of Folding

Folding linens may seem like it’s a simple task. Still, you may be surprised to know that many people do not know how to fold a fitted sheet or even fold a towel in a way that saves space.

  • Folding Towels – Two great methods can make your towels look organized and neat, the three-fold or the rolling method. Rolling towels can save space and give a nice unique, clean look to break up all the folds in your linen closet.
    If you want to keep the folds consistent, fold your towels in thirds lengthwise. Face the edges towards the inside of the closet for a clean look. This method is great for bulky towels. 
  • Folding Sheets – If you have multiple sheet sets, bundling them with pillowcases and fitted sheets can be a great way to maximize space.
    Your linen closet will look clean! You will be able to easily grab a new set without having to hunt down the match. Martha Stewart has an excellent article and YouTube video to show you how to fold those fitted sheets nicely and prevent bulk.


Keep Your Linen Closet Fresh

 Linens, when stored, can become stagnant when they are not used as frequently. You can keep your linens fresh by storing a box of baking soda behind linens in that deep space or hanging a bundle of lavender inside the door.

You can also add a few dryer sheets, so they continue to smell like a fresh load of laundry for days on end.

Organizing your deep linen closet with bins, proper folding, and storing less frequently used items in the back can maximize the space. Creating an efficient and clean look.

Keep your deep linen closet in control with these steps above. You can have a clean, organized deep linen closet in no time.

Decluttering and organization are essential to living a minimalist lifestyle. Need more tips on how to declutter and organize your life? Check out my YouTube channel for quick and easy tips, or for an in-depth look at decluttering, download my eBook today!


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