Get Organized: My Linen Closet

In older/smaller homes, storage can be a hot commodity. In my small home built in 1920, I’m fortunate for the storage options that I have. The sweet, little linen closet in my bathroom is one of these. As you may remember from my vanity and mirror update, my bathroom doesn’t have a medicine cabinet so my tiny linen closet has to store everything I need on a daily basis. Today I’m going to share how I organize and maximize my bathroom storage.

Small space solutions: linen closet organization.

When I first moved into my home, the linen closet was quite inconvenient. The bathroom door opens inward and covers the linen closet which also had it’s own door. Let’s be real here for a moment: I live alone… I rarely shut the bathroom door. So dealing with two doors when I need to grab my hair dryer was so cumbersome and frustrating.

before: frustrating door to my linen closet

I removed the closet door within the first week of moving in. It already helped it feel more open and less frustrating while getting ready every day. The next step was to make it functional, organized and a little more pretty.

So, I gave the yellowed interior a couple of coats of bright paint left over from my bathroom vanity and it instantly made the closet seem larger. Then I added in some baskets that I picked up from Jo-Ann Fabric a while back and added some of my favorite chalkboard labels to keep things organized. I love corralling items in baskets! It is a pretty way to keep everything organized. I like organization systems that are easy to maintain. Baskets are great for that. It’s just toss and go.

simple linen closet organization using baskets

In case you’re nosey like me, I’ll give you a quick rundown of how I store everything in my small space from top to bottom: On the top shelf I have extra boxes of Kleenex and a basket to store spare tubes of toothpaste, backup products, an extra toothbush and stuff like that. On the next shelf I keep my towels. I try to keep only four towels in rotation. It helps minimize towel clutter in my linen closet and It forces me to stay on top of laundry. I use all white towels for a clean, spa-like look. I also have a few spare bath bombs from Lush on that shelf.

store extra kleenex and products on the top shelf

The next shelf has all of my every day items. I use mason jars and a juice glass to store cotton rounds, cotton balls, and Q tips. Next, is my makeup bag. This is actually a Tory Burch lunch box from the Neiman Marcus line at Target a few years back. I love using a lunch box for my makeup since I store it in the bathroom. The insulation on the lunch box keeps the damp bathroom air from shortening the lifespan of my makeup. At least, in my head it helps. Anyway, the last item on the shelf is my every day basket where I keep lotions, skin care products, Ect.

everyday products stored in a basket for easy access

store cotton balls and cotton rounds in mason jars for a pretty organizational solution. If you have to store makeup in the bathroom, try using a lunch box to keep the damp air out and products stay fresh.

Below that is kind of a miscellaneous shelf. I have one basket to hold wash cloths and hand towels. The other basket has a few first aid items that I like to have readily available and don’t have any where else to store like band aids, Advil, and Cold medicine.

baskets from joann fabric for storage

The bottom shelf has all my hair stuff. The first basket has hair styling tools like my hair dryer, curling wand and straightener. The second basket has all of my products, hair brushes, and bobby pins.

baskets and chalkboard labels for pretty organization that is actually easy to maintain

That is how I keep my linen closet organized and functional. Since I’m nosey… how do you store all of your bathroom products? Are you a basket person? Does anyone else keep their makeup in a lunch box?


4 thoughts on “Get Organized: My Linen Closet

  1. Im not a very organized person. We live in a small one bedroom house my husband built himself. We have not yet finished the closets. all my stuff is stored out in the open at the foot of our pedestal sink. We’re still finishing the inside of the house. But you’ve given me some ideas.

  2. Very nicely done! I like your white towels. I would use those too, if it were just me, but with my hubby, I buy brown or dark green! It just works out better! Not as spa like, but easier for ME! Baskets are my storage system too, but I like the labels on yours…good idea!

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