3 Easy Steps To Organize Your Linen Closet

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3 Easy Steps to Organize Your Linen Closet

Keep the towels in your linen closet organized with these three easy steps.

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I am a firm believer in donating excess stuff to simplify your life, therefore the first step to organizing your linen closet is to declutter. It is impossible to organize when you simply have too much stuff. How many towels do you really need,  and do you use all the towels in your closet?  In this instance ‘too much’ is defined as more than you use or need.

As a rule of thumb, I would say the least number of towel sets you should have is three for each bathroom. One set that you are using, and two clean sets, one for swapping on wash day and a spare that is ready for guests.

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After sorting thru the towels, cutting some older towels up to use as cleaning rags, and then donating other towels to the local veterinary clinic, (and those animals are now recuperating on high-quality gorgeous towels I might add), this picture shows what is left in our linen closet which serves the two upstairs bathrooms.

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Step #1: DECLUTTER! Donate extra towels to a local thrift shop or animal shelter. Cut up the older towels into usable sizes for household cleaning rags, the craft room, and the garage.

I can’t seem to stress this enough. I hear all the time from people that they just can’t get organized and after I chat with them for a bit, I often find that the main stumbling block is simply that they have TOO MUCH STUFF.

3 Easy Steps to Organize Your Linen Closet and keep it organized for good. Click to read the the steps and a bonus tip for longer lasting towels.

Since I tend to change my home decor color scheme fairly regularly but usually not back to the same colors, I gave away our towels that don’t match my current color scheme. Was it hard?  Yes, it was.  Did I feel better afterward? YES I DID and you will too! And let’s face it, some of them had seen better days. After you declutter, if you realize that it is time to invest in some new towels, check out the Shop4You list at the bottom of this post. It includes quality, plush towels in some of my favorite colors.

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After the declutter, the main colors I am sticking to are teal and seafoam. Choose your main color scheme and donate the rest! Chances are if you don’t like the colors you are not going to use the towels anyway so what is the point of them taking up space.  Once you have settled on your main color palette then add in one or two complementary colors. The white and chocolate-brown work well for us, as these towels are simple to pair up with any of our other towels to make a cohesive set. Quick and easy is the key!

Try to buy the same towel style or pattern in your main decor color and your accent color, this makes it easy to mix and match while maintaining a streamlined clean look. You can see two examples of this in the first photo of my linen closet above.  On the top shelf, the white and white towels with a stripe all feature the same square dot pattern in the fabric. And on the middle shelf, the white and seafoam towels both have the vertical stripes. Of course, being me, I had to keep a few towels in the bright teal green to add an occasional pop of color. They really do look great with the chocolate brown towels.

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Okay, now that I look at this picture, I am kind of laughing because two of these colors are also my blog branding colors. Teal and Seafoam! 

Perhaps I should add in a chocolate-brown, I am going to have to play around with that thought and see what I come up.  What do you think?  Should I add a rich chocolate-brown to my blog color scheme and where would it be best to use it on the site? Leave me a comment to let me know at the end of the post!

Step #2: STREAMLINE. Coordinate your linens by purchasing the same style/brand in two colors.

Once you have fewer color choices, it makes it simple to group the similar colors and styles all to one shelf. No more digging around looking for the face cloth that matches the bath and hand towel because you now have them on one shelf.  When possible, try to place the hand and face towels on top of the bath towels. I say when possible because of course, this depends on the size of your family. If you have five people then likely only the bath towels are going to fit in one pile on a shelf and if this is the case, then place the coordinating hand towels and face cloths in both your main and accent color directly beside the bath towels.  There are still easy to find and pull out as a group when it’s time to wash and freshen up your linens.

Watch this video by Timur so you can fold your towels like a pro! >>‘How to Fold Your Towels’.

Step #3: SIMPLIFY. Store complete sets together and on the same shelf if possible.

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Really, that’s all there is to it. Follow these three steps and your linen closet will stay tidy and organized always.

Bonus Tip: To extend the life of your towels, rotate them by placing the freshly washed linens at the bottom of the stack on the shelf. Yes, this takes a minute or two longer than throwing them on top of the pile, and no my husband doesn’t do this if he puts the towels away. Give it a try to prolong the life of the entire set of towels as you will not repeatedly be pulling out and using the same towels from the top of the pile, and therefore the set will wear evenly.

Other posts featured on my blog to help you get organized are: Take Your Closet from Crazy to Organized, Simply Organize Your Laundry Room, and When Organization Meets Grocery Shopping!

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Posted July 26, 2017 by Lisa in Organize / 100 Comments

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100 responses to “3 Easy Steps To Organize Your Linen Closet

  1. Ahhh I need to do this! This is definitely a space in my home that gets neglected. The rotating of the towels is such a good tip too. I don’t even think about that… but I will now. Thanks, Lisa!

  2. Yulianna

    Great tips, enjoyed reqding it. I am implementing some of this ideas, but now will do it more professional. Thank you for your article ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. These are all so helpful! I feel like the linen closet is the one place I forget to clean…although it clearly needs it! I may be doing some cleaning sooner rather than later!

  4. That’s one thing I cannot stand: a cluttered linen closet with towels just thrown in. I also had mismatched towels. I like my towels folded a certain way, stacked a certain way, and matching!

  5. We moved into our new house a year ago and the closet that was supposed to be for linen has a boiler in there and a funky smell.. so our towels live in gigantic beach bags in a different cupboard and I NEED a solution!! This is such a good post. Seriously envious!

    • Oh Claire, that is unfortunate about the odor in the linen closet, that would never do. Is there any way you could fit storage bins under your bed? There are wide but not deep bins that fit towels and are easy to pull out when you need to swap the towels.

    • You wouldn’t believe how appreciate the volunteers at your local SPCA or another animal shelter will be for your donation, it is awesome to see their big smiles!

  6. These are really great tips! I have such a hard time getting rid of towels haha. I get rid of almost everything else extremely easily but for some reason I really like nice towels so I have a hard time getting rid of them!

    • Hi Rachel, I totally understand and I also like quality towels so it was hard to give some away. To make it easier, I just thought about how much the person/people, and even the animals at the Pet Hospital were going to appreciate them.

    • You are welcome! Thank you for the kind words about my blog, still a work in progress but it’s nice to hear that it is laid out well.

  7. Benita

    Hi, I have a very small linen closet so I can’t have a big supply of towels but I put my guest towels in a big wicker basket next to the bathtub. I never thought about donating towels to an animal shelter thanks so much for that suggestion.

    • Using a basket for the guest towels is a great tip! Our main bathroom doesn’t have the floor space to do that but I love the idea!

  8. I always mess up my things n later ignore them… Now your tips will make my life better.. Thanks for sharing with us… It will definetly help us declutter the mess especially me…

  9. Donating old towels to the local pet shelter…that’s one thing I didn’t think of! I cut mine up to be used as cleaning rugs when I get bored and they are still in pretty good shape. But, I think donating would be a far better option…thanks for the idea

  10. Thanks for this post. It was a good read. We moved into our flat a few months ago and were blessed to receive new towels as presents :-). I find that it’s also a good idea to keep one or two old towels for a rainy day. If you have big spills, you don’t want to be forced to use your brand new ones ;-).

  11. This is SUCH a useful post. This is something that I definitely needed to be reminded of. I have never thought of rotating my towels. Thats something that I will start implementing in my life right away. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Joanna

    Your linen closet looks so pretty and beautiful! I don’t have space to have a separate closed for linen so I just keep it at the top shelf in my normal closed. Which you reminded me, I need to organise this weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you Joanna, it is in the guest/main bathroom so I try to keep it looking lovely. Good luck organizing your linens, check back soon for my next post about organizing!

  13. Love your post! I really need to go through and get rid of all of my old and dingy towels. I just got some new ones a few months ago when I got married and my cabinet is overflowing. Def adding this to the weekend to do list!

  14. Dee

    These are all great tips. I think my biggest challenge is decluttering, I have a tendency to let stuff pile up before I realize I have way too much to deal with! I’ll have to put aside some time in the next couple of weeks to do this and organize.

  15. I really wish I had a linen closet. I am trying to find one that will fit well near my laundry area. (small spaces) Right now we utilize hooks on our bathroom doors.

  16. These are such good tips. My linen closets tend to look like a tornado went through them after a couple days, I feel like. I’ve never thought about buying matching sets or donating old linens to pet shelters. I have a ton of old linens that i’m going to donate now though. Thank you so much for sharing this post and inspiring me not to just throw all that stuff away!

  17. I love how nice and organized your closet looks. I wish it was something I could keep up with. I am going to try to I love the idea of decluttering and donating to those in need.

  18. Such great tips! A year or so ago I followed Marie Kond’s method of Tidying up and the linen closet was your basic nightmare. Now that it’s finished, whenever I open the door and see things neat and tidy, it truly makes me feel a little more peaceful. (ps: Love your idea about donating old towels to animal shelters) x

  19. Your closet looks so organized! Sadly, we don’t have a linen closet so we just have to make do with a tiny bit of cupboard space ๐Ÿ™

    Louise x

  20. Thanks for these great tips. I have recently moved from a big house into a smaller one and really struggling with storage space. I like your idea of colour cordinating but I just love all the colours! hehe..

  21. These are great tips! I love an organized linen closet! I go through mine every 2 months and make sure everything is in place and together! Nothing makes me happier than an organized closet!

  22. Lisa such great tips as always you are such a organizational guru!! I love using all white towels for that spa feel too. I am 100% with you on the donations I have 5 bags ready to go today ….LOL

  23. I love that you start this post out by suggesting donating items in your linen closet that you no longer use or do not fit your color palette. The tips you provided are unique and very helpful. My apartment is so small, I don’t even have a linen closet, but I’ll be keeping your suggestions in mind for my future home. Thanks!

  24. Great post! The linen closet is so easy to overlook and before you know it, you are overrun with too many mismatched towels. I especially love that you suggested donating old towels to an animal shelter. Our vet encourages this and as a fur momma I love to hear about it in action. I also love how clean and streamlined your linen closet looks. Great tips

  25. Thanks for the tips, I don’t have a linen closet which could be a good thing otherwise I’d have too many towels but we do have rotating towels for laundry day.

  26. Thanks for sharing! I really need to go out and buy a set of nice towels that are all the same brand and color! My linen closet is embarrassing currently!

  27. Tiara

    Organization is something that I feel I have a bit of some OCD about. I cannot live without organization, in my pantries. It drives me absolutely insane!

  28. Elizabeth O

    You have a great job! I love how you organize your linen closet. It’s true when you have more stuff it impossible to get organize it. So we just have to choose what we need. Do not buy items that we do not use too much. and choosing right color is the best. Thanks for this article.

  29. Your linen closet looks beautiful. Unfortunately o do not have a linen closet so I’ve improvised a 3 tier bookshelf for that. I would save your tips for when I eventually get one. Thanks for sharing

  30. This is a great guide for the linen closet. We moved to our new home in December and I’m still struggling to get our linen closets upstairs and down to be nice and neat.

  31. These are great tips! I use the same colour scheme for all my bathrooms but hadn’t thought of storing them in sets so they’re ready to go on changeover day…I shall definitely be doing this! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Oh, Lisa, you know how much I love this post! My linen closet is a little out of hand at the moment. But I guess that’s what happens when you let the husband try to help you put laundry away. I have to agree with you about trying to buy towels that cohesively go together. Great post!

    • Victoria, the day after I took these pictures, my hubby put some towels away and I think he must be color blind or he was trying to bug me. I just left them in the wrong piles until the next time I had some clean ones to put away, then I put the mismatched ones under the correct piles and put mine away!

  33. This is spot on. I have a lot of towels that are old that I just need to get rid of. Donating them to a dog shelter is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Eeek!! I’ve been working on cleaning out and downsizing my linen closets, but still totally need to work on the organizing part!! Thanks for sharing these great tips!

  35. A neat and organized linen closet is important to me. I hate opening the door to a disaster. It’s much better when you can find what you need when you need it, even if it’s not going to be seen by guests.

  36. This is EXACTLY what I needed right now!!!! I’m about to move and go from 1 to 2 bathrooms………and I’m alllll about things being organized! Thanks so much for the tips!

    – Kaitlin

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  38. Ana

    Great post!! Iโ€™m a towel hoarder lol, but recently I reorganized my linen closet and got rid of a bunch old towels that were just taking up space! Love these colors you chose!!

  39. This is such great inspiration. I think you would faint if you saw my linen closet (smiling). All sorts of sizes and colors – and I dream of the day when I can have nice towel sets again…good tip about rotting the towels to prolong shelf life…that’s a keeper! ๐Ÿ™‚ xo