How to Organize Linen Closet: Easy Makeover

In my home, I like to do little things that make a big impact. This project was one of those things. I cringed every time I had to open the door to the dark, narrow  closet. Seeing  the towels and sheets disorganized didn’t help either. I had to do something to liven it up but I knew whatever I did couldn’t be permanent. We are selling this house so I don’t want to make drastic changes.

Did I mention I am too impatient to stencil, apply wallpaper, or any of the other pretty things that good bloggers do? I didn’t want to have to buy a bunch of stuff  either so I scanned the house for things I could use to make this dark, drab place a bit prettier. And I found some long lost material. And the horse bookends my mom-in-law gave me. And I got an idea!

I found some old posterboards we had laying around and I measured the length/width of the back wall between each shelf in the linen closet. Once I had my measurements (which luckily were all the same) I cut the posterboard to fit snug between the shelves. I tested each of them just to be sure they fit.

Once I knew they fit, I hot glued the material to each one. Yes, hot glue. Nester would be so proud. I made sure the material looked right vertically before securing all sides. I did not want to do extra work because I did it wrong the first time.

After they were complete I slipped them into place inside of the closet.

I added the towels, facecloths, and wash rags back making sure to fold them neatly. I added the horse bookend to the shelf near the towels. I did this to deter little people in my home from throwing towels to the side in an effort to find their favorites. You know what I’m talking about, right?

Then I put the beach towels at the very bottom and all of our sheets at the very top. All bath towels were in the center shelves.

NOTE: When putting away sheet sets, it helps to fold all of the pieces and then place them inside of one of the pillowcases for that set. Do this for each set and that way, when you need that sheet set everything is together!

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  1. Jane Roberts says:

    These are wonderful ideas. Thank you!

  2. Love your blog and this project featuring quatrefoil (one of my favorite patterns!) so I featured your project in my roundup of crafty quatrefoil projects here. Feel free to check it out and hope you like it!

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  3. This is a GREAT idea….I want to do this in the pantry…So fun. Thank you for sharing! I’m thinking I might use duct tape! 🙂

  4. This is adorable! I need to re-do my linen closet and you have inspired me!

    Carly @

  5. I LOVE this idea! I’m going to have to try it for my bathroom closet… 🙂

  6. What a creative idea! And, thanks for that tip about the sheets…such a simple idea, but one I never thought of! Thanks for stopping by my place today and saying hi….nice to meet you!

  7. Great idea! I love that it was easy and non-permanent. And that it required zero paint/stenciling 🙂

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