A More Functional Linen Closet

As I said in the beginning, closets work hard for us, so I guess it is fitting to spend three days on them right?  
 
Today I want to share with you my one day linen closets transformation.  This is a space in my home that has bugged me for years.  But, it is also one of those spaces that I typically just throw my hands up and shove everything in there, and do my best to shut the doors.
 
But, last week I was in a slump of sorts and needed something to jump start me.  A one day project is great for that!!
 
First things first – a before…
 
Cramped and unorganized linen closet.
 
Ugh!  Next, the emptying and sorting of all the stuff.
 
Sorting and organizing linens
 
With the closet empty, I was faced with a decision – to paint or not to paint.  For some reason, all of the cabinets in this house feel dungeon-like to me, so I decided to grab a bucket of white paint and a paintbrush and attack it.
 
Use white paint on the inside of cabinets to make the space brighter.
 
Amazing what a little bit of paint can do to brighten up a space huh??
 
Now it was on to the organizing.  I purchased these really cute baskets at Dollar Tree (really my go-to place for organizing these days).  However, I filled them up with sheets and then realized they would not fit on the shelf…
 
Dollar tree bins to store linens
 
…so I cut off the handles.  The edges are not sharp just in case you were wondering.  I did my best to cut them as straight as I could.  🙂
 
After some purging, and some organizing, and some straightening…
 
Linen closet organized
 
Yay!!  Soooo much better!!
 
blanket and pillow storage
 
The top hold blankets and pillows for guests. (Behind the pillows up top are our beach towels – these cabinets are deep!)
 
Store winter blankets in space bags to save space.
 
The bottom I am using to store blankets that we aren’t using but want to keep – either for sentimental reasons (grandma’s quilt) or just because.  These are large space bags and they are just the right size for the space.  I fit four of them in there and there is room for one or two more I think.
 
I went back and added labels to the baskets of sheets.  I don’t label for cuteness.  I label out of necessity.  It really is the ONLY way to ensure that people will put things back where they belong ;).
 
Label baskets and bins to help keep things in place.
Lines organized in plastic bins.
 
Here are the bags for donation!!
 
Linen closet purge
 
Another space down and I am now energized to keep working!!  If you are stuck, and can’t seem to get yourself motivated – pick a one-day project and get energized!!
 
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A Functioning Master Closet

Hey y’all!!  How are those closets coming??  I know yesterday I said I would share two closets with you today, but as I was editing photos and writing, I realized that would be a LONG post – so today you get to see our master closet.
 
This little revamp was way over do!!  This is another space that I had left alone in the name of “all or nothing-ness”.  Because what really needs to happen is a complete gut and overhaul.  But, that has not made it to the top of the list yet.
 
A couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t take it any longer and I dove in.
 
This is what I was starting with (keepin’ it real folks).
 
cramped walk-in closet
 
I knew there wasn’t a whole lot that I could do, but there were a few things that had been disfunctional for a while that could be fixed. First things first when organizing a space…
 
cleaning out a small walk-in closet
 
take EVERYTHING out.  Even though I knew the clothes were going back in where they came out, I still took them out.  It’s always good to start with an empty space – plus it gives you a chance to dust and vacuum the space ;).
 
And this is the result!
 
Sorting the closet clean out.
 
As you take everything out, sort things into like piles.  You would be amazed at how many things are out of place – even if you thought you had a ‘system’.
 
Cleaning out a small walk-in closet.
 
The other good thing about starting with an empty space is it allows you to evaluate and determine the best place for things.  Especially if you have lived somewhere for a long time this is a great idea.  Being able to see the space empty allowed me to think more clearly about how to use the space instead of just falling back into old habits.  
 
Organizing a small walk-in closet
 
When it’s time to move things back in, take time to purge while you go.  My hubby and I try to do this with our clothes about twice a year.  If we haven’t worn it in a year we typically move it on, unless it’s something for special occasions.
 
Also, as you are moving things back in, make any necessary adjustments to current storage.
 
Storage solutions for small walk-in closets
 
I had been using the hooks on the ironing board storage to hang my robe.  This worked great until I needed the ironing board.  So, I moved the ironing board hanger over towards the door and added a hook just for my robe.  Also, that hook we used for belts, it was hidden behind the clothes storage – not sure why the previous owners put it there – not useful at all, so it got moved over where it was out in the open.
 
There were some other things in the closet that just needed a home.  They were typically strewn about everywhere and you know what that means – we could never find them.
 
Dollar Tree closet storage items
 
So, after a quick trip to Dollar Tree and $7 later this is what we ended up with.
 
Small walk-in closet storage solutions.
 
The hats are hanging on an accordion hook that was already in there, it just got a new home. Hubby’s ties and my scarves are much more visible on the wall, and the baskets on the shelf are corralling baseball caps, purses, and flip-flops.  
 
In a few hours, and for a few bucks, we had a new space that was a lot more functional and more pleasing to us!!
 
Before and after closet clean up.
 
You can see from the before and after, it doesn’t always need to be a dramatic change. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time to make a space pleasing and functional for YOUR family.
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Closets

Welcome back friends!  I hope you had some fun this weekend going through stuff and throwing out donating stuff you didn’t need!  
 
We are just about half way through our series, so I thought it would be good to start talking about areas in our home that we need to make work.
 
Today is closets!
 
Closets work hard in every home.  Whether you have only a couple, or several.  Whether they are small or large.  We need them to do a job.
 
The one thing that is helpful to realize is that they can do whatever job you need them to do. Just because a closet a located in entry, that doesn’t mean the only thing it can hold is coats.
 
A hall closet can hold more than blankets and pillows.
 
We all have things that are better stored out of sight, and closets are a great place for those things.  
 
We have seven closets in our home.  Four of those are in bedrooms, and one of them are actually built-in cabinets – but they are floor to ceiling, so I think it counts.
 
The three that are not in the bedrooms have evolved over the years in their usage.  The one in the entry holds coats but also office stuff.  
The hall closet is my craft closet.  
 
The linen cabinet/closet holds linens (although this one needs some organizing).  These uses work for us and that’s what matters!! Remember that :).
 
If you are looking for storage ideas or organization ideas for closets, again Pinterest is a great source.  I have a board for closet organization that is basically bedroom closets, but you can find what you are looking for – just search the type of organization you need – whether it be office, craft, linen, or just clothes. 🙂
The two spaces that haven’t really been that functional lately are our master closet
 
 
and the linen cabinet/closet. 
 
I’ll be back tomorrow to share with you some simple and inexpensive things I did to make these two spaces a little more functional for us!! 
 
Thanks for hanging in there this month – I hope you have been inspired!!
 
To see other posts in this series click on the link below
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