Monday, January 14, 2013

Organize It: The Linen and Kids Coat Closet & A Linky Party

I may have misled you into thinking that my linen closet got organized when I shared my tip on rolling instead of folding sheets a few months back.

Ummmmm, yeah, I only rolled the guest bedroom sheets.  I put them in a buffet that I'm using as a dresser in the guest bedroom, so that did free up a little bit of space in my linen closet.  Though even after freeing up some space this closet was still in need of some organization.

It wasn't too terrible, but it wasn't quite living up to its storage potential either.  So, I finally decided to whip it into shape.  I pulled the bulky blankets/comforters out and put them into space bags.  Have you all ever used those before?  Oh my gosh, they totally shrunk down to nothing and now fit quite nicely under the guest bed.  (I bought the space bags at Big Lots of all places?)  As you can see this closet isn't very big.  So freeing up space by removing the bulky blankets and storing guest sheets and towels in the guest room dresser was a huge step in the right direction.

I also decided a while ago that keeping lots of extra sheets was counterproductive.  I almost never used all the extra sets and they took up so much storage space.  I have a "2 sets per bed" rule now which keeps this small linen closet from being overrun.  One set is on the bed; the other is stored in the closet.  Very often we think we need more storage space, when what we really need is less stuff to store.  Reevaluating what I really need to keep is one of the most important steps in organizing for me.

After cleaning, sorting, purging, labeling and beautifying, this closet is now looking much more tidy.

organizes linen closet

organized linen closet

I covered the fabric handles on the bins with some grosgrain ribbon attached with a thumb tack on each end.  For labels I sprayed some wooden cut-outs from the craft store with chalkboard paint and hot glued them to the fronts.   The black and white striped labels are gift tags I bought at Target a while ago.  I used my label maker and attached them with clothespins.   
linen closet labeling

I pulled the bottom shelf out to make space to hang the kids coats in here.  Now it's a multi-use closet storing linens and coats.

linen/ kids coat closet

You may remember, even though it's been a while since I've posted anything about it, that I'm planning to turn the basement coat closet into a mini-mudroom of sorts.  So, I needed to find a place to store the kids coats, and this little closet worked out perfectly.  Instead of using a closet rod, I decided to use a shower curtain tension rod.  I secured the rod by nailing a piece of scrap wood under the rod at each end where it hits the wall.  This way if I want to move the rod later on down the road it will be super easy to do without having to patch any major screw holes in the wall.

linens and coats

I also decided to use a shower rod at the top of the closet to hang pillow covers.  Hanging them keeps them visible and wrinkle free.

linens and coats organization

I put an over the door shoe organizer to work for the pillowcases.

This little closet is now being used to the fullest extent!

linen / coat closet

I'm so thankful for the motivation provided by this challenge!

First challenge - Organize It - boom - done!

Take a look at all the other organization projects from this amazing group of ladies!

And now, it's your turn to show us your organization project!  When you link up on just one of our blogs, your project will be seen on all nine sites!  And as always even if you don't have a blog, I'd love for you to share your organization projects on my Facebook page.

FYI - before you link up:
1. Please link-up ORGANIZATION posts only.
2. Feel free to link up old and/or new organization projects!
3. Please include a text link back to the blog where you linked up.
(Only those that provide a text link will be featured)
4. We will be sharing some of our favorites on our Pinterest board. Be sure to follow it HERE

I'm so excited to see your projects!!   But not in a Jessie Spano way ;)


  1. Great work really carving out every inch of usable space!

  2. Wow! I hate wire shelves and am removing them when possible... But I love the way you used ribbon to bling them up... Super great idea and I love the organized space!

    1. I don't like wire shelves either! I want to change all of our closets over someday, but for now ribbon helps to dress them up a little.

  3. Love it! A place for everything and everything in its place! Great organizing tips!

  4. Awesome! Are you planning on linking this to the Organizing Revolution contests? I think you've got a chance at winning.

  5. Thanks for the great party idea. It inspired Jordan to finally find a way to help organize the top of her fridge. The project was free and used things she already had.

  6. Great post Carmel! I have been on an organizing frenzy lately, and I'm LOVING it!! Hoping to keep riding this wave, because these organized spaces are making me HAPPY!!

  7. Your linen closet looks amazing. Thanks for hosting such a fun party. Hugs, Marty

  8. Ohmygosh your closet looks awesome! I love the ribbon running through the front of the shelves. It makes a huge difference and I think I'm going to do that in every closet in my house now instead of tearing out all the wire shelves! ;)

  9. Thanks so much for hosting Carmel! Awesome transformation in you linen closet!! XO, Aimee

  10. What a terrific closet. My two favorite ideas are the separation of the queen, twin, king sheets. So clever. I need to do that.

    My other favorite. At the top of the list is that ribbon weaving on the front of the shelf. Makes it look a thousand times better.

    Thanks for hosting!

  11. Wow! You really made the most of that closet! Great job & thanks for hosting the link party! I'm looking forward to lots of organizing inspiration!

  12. I have also been a firm believer in a comment you made..."very often we think we need more storage space, when what we really need is less stuff to store."

  13. Look at you and your cute organization skills! Love that ribbon idea! would have never thought of it

  14. Your closet is so neat and! I really like how you added the ribbon, looks great!

  15. This is all totally brilliant but what I am dying over is the use of the ribbon through the wire shelves. Brilliant. I so need to do this. I picked up those same black/white tags from Target and have yet to use them!

  16. I never, ever thought about covering the handles with ribbon. That is brilliant and I might just have to go do the same to mine!
    I also love the ribbon on the wire shelf- thanks so much for the inspiration and the items to add to my to do list :)

  17. wow! you saved a lot of space!:D

  18. My linen closet looks exactly like this! Thanks for the great tips!

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  20. Carmel, that is the most beautifully organized linen closet I've ever seen! Thanks for the great ideas! I'm missing that "organizing" part in my DNA but will aspire to learn.

  21. This was TOTALLY the motivation I needed to tackle my linen closet this weekend!! :)
    There's only 2 of us in our 2 bedroom yet our closet looks like we're dressing 86 beds! haha!

    Thanks Carmel! :)

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