Does your linen closet make you want to shut the door and run away? If so, it might be time for a declutter. Below I’ll walk you through how to declutter a linen closet without feeling overwhelmed.
We recently moved and at first, I shoved everything bath, bedroom, and kid’s stuff in the linen closet to get it out of boxes. But when I couldn’t find any sheets I knew it was time to declutter and organize it. Here’s a quick note before you get started. I think most people put off decluttering because they don’t know what to do after. Storage bins? Organization? Pinterest-perfect closets? That’s enough to make anyone run away. So before you start, I want you to know that you don’t need to worry about the perfect organization at first. Just declutter and take back the space before worrying about what baskets you need from Target. (Although I will have some suggestions as well.)
Let’s get started!
Easy Tips to Declutter A Linen Closet
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1. Take everything out. (Yes, this is important.)
Too often we try to clean or organize a space without taking everything out. What happens is that stuff stays hidden, you don’t realize how much stuff you have, and/or you don’t properly combine like-items. So…make some space on the floor or table and take it ALL OUT and take inventory of what you own.
2. Sort into three piles:
- give to someone;
- and stuff that goes somewhere else in your house.
Put all items to donate in a box or bag so that next time you pass a thrift store you can just drop them off. Also, try to give items you’re giving to friends or family as soon as you can to avoid having them get lost in your house, Lastly, immediately put items that belong somewhere else in their designated place. A place for everything and everything in its place!
3. Organize like items with like items.
Don’t overthink it. Just place bath towels with bath towels, pool towels with pool towels, cleaning supplies with cleaning supplies, bath toys with bath toys, and bedding with bedding. Get the point yet? 🙂 This will also give you a visual of how much you own. And maybe you’ll realize you don’t need so many towels or bath toys, and can donate some.
4. Put back into the closet.
I like to put the least used items at the top, the most used items at arms reach, and the heaviest at the bottom. Logically, this makes the most sense for how I use the items. Next, you might want to rush out and get better storage for your closet but I say wait a few days or even weeks to see how it’s working for you. You might not need any at all! But if you feel like you still need some organization, here are a few of my favorite products.
Baskets. I like my junk to be hidden so solid baskets are the way to go for me. haha. If you’re like me, grab these beautiful linen baskets.
Shelf organizers. If you prefer to see everything, these acrylic organizers are for you!
Open baskets. If you prefer a little of both, these open-shelf baskets might be better for you. And they look gorgeous too!
On a scale of 1-10, how organized would you describe your linen closet? If low, follow these tips to declutter your linen closet so it doesn’t have to stress you out anymore!