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How to Organize a Linen Closet

Transform your cluttered linen closet in just a few simple steps!

The linen closet. While it starts out nice and neat, over time that changes. It is possible that now it has become a catch-all of rolled-up bedding, half-folded towels, and random toiletries.  If this is true for you, it may be time to get your linen closet in order. Don’t worry though, it’s easier than you think!

How to Organize a Linen Closet

Let’s take a look at some quick and easy ways to organize a linen closet.  

Linen Closet Organization


A good start to a cleaner closet is to take everything out and go through it.  Keep items that are in good condition. Get rid of the ones that have tears, stains, or that no longer work. 

Put all of the keepers to the side, and bag up the ones you’re going to part with. Some of the linens that you are discarding can be cut into cleaning rags. Another great option is to donate them to a local pet shelter for good use.  

How to Organize a Linen Closet


Go through all of the keepers and group all of the like items together: towels, bedding, and toiletries. 

Put a limit on how much of each item you want to hold on to.  It’s a good rule of thumb to have no more than 3 sets of sheets per bedroom and 3 towels for each person.       


Now that you have all of you linens and toiletries in order, everything can be set up!

The Fold

Folding linens is an art.  To achieve a streamlined look in the closet, all similar items should be folded the same way.

Then, stack them neatly on top of each other with the folds facing out.  Keep similar colors together or display them light to dark for a uniform look.   

The Roll

Rolling linens is a quick alternative to the fold.  The roll works just as well, while still giving a neat appearance.

Once they are rolled, stack them or place them in a bin or basket.  It’s really just a matter of preference.    

How to Organize a Linen Closet

The Bag

Bagging is perfect for bedding.  Store sheets neatly (fold ‘em or roll ‘em) into the matching pillowcase.

This keeps everything you need to change the sheets together and ready to go.  These pillowcase bags are perfect for stacking or storing in a bin for easy access.


Maximize shelf space by creating a zone for each item. Organize them by item type or by room, keeping the most used items in the front. 

Everyday items work best on the center shelves. Less used items (like beach towels and guest room linens) can be set on the higher and lower shelves. 

Don’t forget to take advantage of the vertical space in the closet with an over-the-door organizer.  This is a great option for extra toiletries. They will be easy to find, while also out of the way!

Bins are another great organizing option for an orderly linen closet, and just about anything can go in them.   

How to Organize a Linen Closet

Organizing a Linen Closet

Your linen closet should now be clutter-free and organized.  As you can see, transforming your closet from a mess to an orderly space can be done in no time. With the help of a few folds, some rolls, and a couple of bins, you will have a whole new linen closet.

We hope you have now been inspired to organize your linen closet!   

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