Top 5 Tips for Organizing a Linen Closet

A linen closet is a boon in every home. A storage space for all those bed sheets, pillowcases, bed covers etc. is a must for an organized house. However, for those of us living in small apartments the linen closet is more often a shelf or two in which try to cram our linens.

What is more, the linen closet ends up attracting not only linen but towels, wash clothes, hand towels and more. So instead of being a functional space to store linens the closet becomes a cluttered mess.

This has happened to me a lot of times till I worked out some space-saving ideas and storage solutions to store all my linens, bath towels, hand towels and more in one place without it becoming a mess ever again.

First of all here is my linen closet ( or rather half a closet) which also serves as a coat rack. The bottom shelf holds all my bed covers and table clothes. The Middle shelf has all the bed sheets plus the hand towels and the top shelf has the bath towels and wash clothes. It is not picture perfect but is functional and easy to maintain, which is perfect for me.

Do you want to spruce up your linen closet as well, then here are my :


Purge, Purge and then purge some more

Do you really need all those bed sheets with faded colors or small holes in them? Not at all, the first step with any home organization project is to sort your items into purge and keep piles. Be ruthless when you purge otherwise you will never get anywhere. In our case, we change our sheets twice a week and even then 6 sheets are all we need for our bed. I have a couple of extra sheets for guests and emergencies.

So think about the towels you have not used for a while, sheets that don’t go with your walls and other stuff that might be of more use when donated and you will be left with items that you truly need.

 Clean the storage area properly

After you have sorted your linens, clean the closet/shelves with a damp cloth and wait for the area to get completely dry before storing anything. If you want to line your closet with anything, then use paper which is acid free and is unlikely to discolor your fabrics.

You can keep a pouch of moth balls and pot pourri to keep the closet smelling fresh and free to insects.

Folding and storing the bed sheets properly

If your linen closet is like a black hole into which matching pillowcases disappear then this is an awesome tip for you that I learnt off Pinterest. Fold your sheets crisply and put the sheet and one pillowcase into the other pillowcase. It makes a neat and tidy bundle, is easy to store and when to need to take it out, you have the complete set at your hand. No more searching for pillowcases.

In case you are wondering, there is a technique to fold sheets too, just search for folding bed sheets on You Tube and you will get tons of ideas.

Roll the towels to save space

Now I have one set of towels for each one of us in the closet and another set on the towel rack in the bathroom. Till now I have never felt the need to have more towels since we sun dry our towels and wash them every week. I also keep a couple of towels for guests at the back of the closet.

The one trick for storing towels especially the full size bath towels is to roll them instead of folding them. Not only does it save space but it only also super pretty like a spa. I roll my hand towels too and this way they take up very little space in the closet. For the wash clothes you can keep them folded or put them in a basket.

Use storage solutions 

You can use baskets, dividers, shelving systems, containers, labels and lots more to organize your linen closet even more. Some items like extra pillows, quilt covers, seasonal blankets etc are best kept at a different storage place as these items are not used very frequently. Under the bed boxes, seating space with storage and wardrobe lofts are some good ideas to store these items.

So these were some of the space saving ideas, I use in my house for storing my linen. Do you have some tips that you would like to share with me and the readers then definitely comment below. If you think this post might be helpful for your friends then don’t forget that share button. 

Swapna Thomas is the editor and founder at, an award winning Parenting blog. She quit the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom and in the process, discovered a whole new career. She truly believes that happy moms = happy world. She also coaches moms to start their online business. She loves sufi music and spends way more time daydreaming than one should.

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  1. In our home, the bottom shelf of my husband’s wardrobe is dedicated to sheets, towels and the like. Like you said, not very pretty, but it works for us. Guess the main thing is to have at least a little space dedicated to linen.
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    • Yeah Fab, a functional space is definitely more important than pretty. I wish we got those awesome shelf dividers in India which help organizing stuff.

  2. ‘Purging’ is the bane of my clothes’ cupboard. It’s hard. Specially when you have an unstable waistline :-). Yours looks so well organised. Envious!

    • Hey Tulika, even I got to real ‘purging’ only this year when I threw away everything I had ever stashed saying I will soon fit into it, I might want this someday or I just know this is going to come back in vogue. :) My closet has become better and more functional due to this purging. The wardrobe sure has some nightmarish days but more often than not it stays organised. :) go for purging girl!

  3. This post – and the very pleasing to the eye pictures – have inspired me to purge and organise my closets now !!

    • Thanks Nidhi!!! You have made my day. It is comments like these that inspire me to bring out something new each time. Would love to see your organised wardrobe. May be on twitter?

  4. I think the key to proper linen closet organization is keeping things simple and functional at the same time. The first step is to get rid and minimize the level of old-fashioned and worn out clothing in your wardrobe. In this way you can create valuable extra storage space out of nowhere! Another thing which I do is to store the items that I use most in the top drawers and leave the bottom drawers for items that I rarely use, even less than once in a year. I agree it can be difficult to donate or recycle that favorite piece of linen of yours – especially if it brings back fond memories – but there is nothing else you can do once it has become a useless rug.

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