DESIGNER WEEKENDS: LINEN CLOSET ORGANIZATION!

Our Morning Find theme this month is organization.  So far we have found terrific organizing tools and products, and we'll continue to post more ideas throughout January.  If you want to stay on top of our finds, you can follow us on Twitter and our Facebook Page. We're delighted to feature organization as this week's Designer Weekends as well!

April Hargrove, an organization expert in NYC, has provided us with her top tips to help you make sense of your linen closet. We don't know about you, but share April's fear of being bonked in the head with falling toilet paper rolls. Thanks, April, for helping us put things in order!  Here's what April recommends:

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As the New Year has most people talking about health and diets I’ve decided to focus my resolution on an organized home.  For me a well organized home is the key to happiness, comfort, increased productivity, and overall enhanced well-being. 

To tackle an entire home at once can be intimidating when it comes to organization.  I find it best to start small and focus on one thing at a time.  For me, closets are my pitfall of organization.  I stuff, shove, and stack things throughout the year in closets when I don’t have the time or patience for proper organization. 

I decided to begin with my linen closet for this post. It is a tall, narrow, deep space that is a catch all for sheets, towels, pillowcases, extra blankets, pillows, irons, steamers, and paper products.  Every time I reach in to find a matching sheet set I am bombarded with falling pillowcases and rolls of paper towels.

I took my inspiration from the following impeccably organized linen closets. 

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Image courtesy of Martha Stewart

Inspiration One:  Here everything in the closet is folded uniformly and organized by item. The built in drawers are a dream for me!

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Image courtesy of Pinterest

Inspiration Two: This linen closet is colorful and fun, while still functional. Everything is easily accessible when you open the door.  I love the towel racks on the door, a great space saver in a small home.

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Image courtesy of Ask Anna

Inspiration Three: Categorized and labeled containers make it a breeze to find what you are looking for in this closet.

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Image courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Inspiration Four: Here even the floor space is beautifully utilized with baskets for paper products and laundry.

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To complete your linen closet overhaul…

  1. Take EVERYTHING out
  2. Make piles by category (sheets, towels, pillowcases, blankets, etc.)
  3. Decide what you really use and need. Only keep what is necessary. Donate anything you no longer need to charity.
  4. Uniformly fold each category.  By establishing a uniform fold for everything in your closet, you are more likely to maintain your newfound organization in the future.  Need help folding?  Great folding ideas can be found on Martha Stewart.
  5. Be sure to fold sheet sets together, wrap the flat sheet around coordinating fitted sheet and pillowcases.
  6. Group small items (like toiletries, wash clothes, cleaning supplies, etc.) together and store them in containers (wicker baskets, plastic bins,  or wire shelves).The Container Storehas a great selection.  
  7. Label any baskets and bins so nothing is lost or forgotten about. A label maker makes this very neat and easy. 
  8. As you reassemble your linen closet be mindful of keeping like things together. Try to keep the items you use on a regular basis on the most easily accessible shelves. This will make it simple to find what you are looking for and ensure that everything has a place the next time you are putting your clean and uniformly folded laundry away!

Now step back and enjoy! You can see and easily access everything in your now well-organized linen closet!

Happy organizing!

By April Hargrove

Do you need April's help?  Contact her for all of your organizing needs at ahargrove80@gmail.com .

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