How to Expertly Organize Your Linen Closet
Make this space as neat and functional as possible.
No matter where you choose to store your linens, it's essential to keep them organized. Whether you do that with adjustable shelves, drawers, baskets, bins, or dividers, there are plenty of ways to streamline your linen storage—and that's true whether or not you technically have a linen closet. "The two most important components when building linen storage are depth and adjustability," says Missy Almester of California Closets. "Typically, the items that are stored in this space are quite large and bulky which requires the room to be able to shuffle things around."
Not sure how to maximize your linen storage space at home? We asked Almester for her best advice on how to organize—and make the most of—your linen closet, and here's what she had to say.
Let Go of Old Linens
Though you may still love those sheets you got for a good deal five years ago, hanging onto them isn't doing you—or your linen closet—any favors. "Don't hold on to old linens that you don't use," Almester says. "Sheets should be replaced every two to three years so it's a great time to go through what you have and donate what you're not using." The same goes for towels: If they're threadbare or you've recently upgraded to plusher options, it's time to toss the extras.
Keep Your Linen Sets Together
Nothing's worse than trying to change your bedsheets only to discover you're missing a pillow case. "Keep your linen collections together so they're easy to find," Almester says. "Fold the pillow cases and store them inside your flat sheet, and then fold your fitted sheet and fold it around the flat sheet and pillow cases. Now when you store them inside your linen closet they will all be grouped together."
Store Your Ironing Board Vertically
Tucking away an ironing board is a surprisingly tricky task, but Almester says your best bet is to think vertically. "When storing an ironing board, create a vertical storage area inside the linen closet so you can fold it up to store nicely," she says. "If we're in a space crunch and an ironing board is a necessity, opt for a pull-out style. It takes up two inches of horizontal space and does a 360-degree swivel so you can iron in any direction."
Employ Lots of Baskets
Never underestimate the potential of storage baskets in a cramped linen closet, especially when stashing smaller items. "When storing wash cloths and smaller linens, use baskets to keep everything confined, organized, and tidy-looking," Almester says. "If possible, use the same style of baskets—I recommend the Grove Collection from the Essentials Line by California Closets—for consistency."
Roll Up Your Towels
Searching for a goofproof way to swiftly store your towels in style inside your linen closet? Almester suggests simply rolling them up. "When storing bath linens and towels, it's most efficient to roll them and stack them spa-style," she says. "This will maximize limited shelf space and look beautiful, too."