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Organizing the linen closet

A linen closet is great for storing all your linens, towels, and bedding. But if your linen closet is cluttered and disorganized, it can be challenging to find what you need. If you're considering giving your linen closet a makeover, you're in a good place, as I'm giving ours a complete renovation, and this post is full of tips and ideas on choosing the right type of cabinet storage for your needs!

Let's take a look at what we were dealing with. 

A small closet outside my daughter's bedroom. Once you opened that narrow door, we saw an array of items shoved randomly on those wire shelves.

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how to organize a linen closet

There was nothing wrong with this closet. The shelves provided ample storage, and even in disarray, it wasn't a major eyesore, as the doors kept that area out of the view.

If you have a similar setup, you can reorganize it by following the following tips:
  • Declutter: Before you start organizing, remove any linens you no longer use. This will free up space and make it easier to manage your remaining linens.
  • Group similar items together: When organizing your linens, group similar items together. For example, put all your towels on one shelf and all your bedding on another. This will make it easier to find what you're looking for.
  • Use clear bins: Clear bins are a great way to store linens and other items in your linen closet. They allow you to see what's inside without having to open them.
  • Label everything: Once you've organized your linens, label everything to quickly find what you're looking for. You can use labels on bins, shelves, and drawers.

Now, if you're picky and can't stop looking for trouble, better yet, for another DIY Project to add to the list. Then, it's time to bring custom organization to your linen closet.

The first task is deciding what type of storage you want, depending on what you want to store in this space.

We store our medicines inside the linen closet. That was always the main issue, as those products got messy and traveled from shelf to shelf as if for magic.

I wanted to continue using a part of the linen closet as our medicine cabinet. However, I wanted to use a drawer for that purpose. Inside a drawer, those medicines would be more organized and wouldn't appear in other parts of the closet. 🤞🏼  It would be great to store linens inside drawers, too.


There's a multitude of storage solutions out there in the market. I narrowed those possibilities to these:

1. A full 8-foot cabinet.

This is the most expensive option but offers the most storage space. A full 8-foot cabinet will have plenty of room for all the linens, towels, bedding, and other items like cleaning supplies or extra pillows and blankets.

This was the first option I contemplated, but I quickly decided it was different from what I wanted. The high price, the only one door, and those drawers in the top part were a deal breaker as I'm a petite person and wouldn't be able to see what's inside those drawers.
tall pantry cabinet

2. Assembled three-drawer base cabinet with shelves above it. 

This is a good option for a linen closet makeover if you have limited space or are on a budget. It provides a good mix of storage for linens, towels, and, in my case, the needed area for the medicines I wanted to store inside it.

On the top part of the closet, I decided to go with shelves. I could utilize the same configuration that's already in place.

Linen closet organization

3. Unassembled three-drawer base cabinet with shelves above 

This is the most affordable option but requires some assembly. An unassembled three-drawer base cabinet will give you the same storage space as an assembled cabinet, but you'll need to put it together yourself.

Linen closet organization

Nowadays, you can find cabinets in many places. For us, regular homeowners, a quick trip to Home Depot, Lowes, Ikea, or buying them directly from Amazon or any online retailer is usually the way to go.

Another good option is to use a dresser that fits the space. You can search Marketplace or thrift stores with a tape measure at hand. I tried but didn't have luck this way.

I stuck to Home Depot, as I didn't want to make the trip to Ikea. Besides, IMO HD's drawers are better quality than Ikea's. 

Last year, I bought an assembled cabinet from HD to store pots and pans in our kitchen - you can check that post right here. The setup is similar to what I'm doing here with this linen closet.

That said, I didn't want a basic cabinet in the linen closet. I wanted fully extended hinges with a soft-close mechanism for this drawer cabinet. I also needed the drawers to be staggered, drawers of different sizes. The top drawer was the one I wanted to utilize for the medicines, and I liked that drawer to be shallow.

I ordered the ready-to-assemble cabinet online and got the gray one as they didn't have the size I was looking for (24 x 24) in white.

Assembling the Cabinet

Assembling the cabinet was very straightforward. I opened the flat box in the garage and brought the parts one by one up to the second-floor hallway to assemble the cabinet there.
ready to assemble cabinet

The instruction manual and a set of screwdrivers were the most essential tools for this job.
linen organization

The carcass has its own grooves, which makes assembly a cinch.

Cristina Garay assembling base cabinet

This type of corner connector keeps everything in place.

The drawer boxes were also easy to install.
Hampton Bay three drawer base cabinet

The entire process took me about 1 - 1-1/2 hours.

This cabinet is ready to go inside that back closet.

gray base cabinet to go inside linen closet


This is the look I want to give to our linen closet.
Organizing a linen closet - full makeover

My next post will discuss the demo and bringing the base cabinet into the closet.

Oh, and I'm so sorry about my posts not being delivered to your inbox. I'm still trying to figure out the cause of that problem.

Take a look at that cabinet assembly. I wish I could work that fast! :D


This linen closet makeover is DONE! 

Look at the process and the final reveal by visiting the links below.

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