Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Organization: Linen Closet

I am so excited to finally reveal my linen closet re-org!  Let's face it - it's LOUD!  I have been living in a beige world for the past 7 years and I'm ready for color!  When I married my husband and we started decorating our apartments and house I was really in to a neutral pallet and after all these years I'm ready to make some changes!

I so wish I had some before pictures.  This closet was atrocious, it was crammed, it made no sense!  Oy! We had all of our board games on the floor - stacked, piled, falling over.  There wasn't enough room on the shelves so any time we did laundry and ran out of room we would just pile the extra towels and sheets on top of the games.  There were random things floating around on the shelves like lighting timers, night lights, exercise stuff, it was just too much and I finally decided to do something about it so here is what I came up with!
Before I started this project I knew I wanted to move all of our medications up to this closet.  They were previously in a cupboard in our kitchen but I read this blog post and decided I wanted to move them to the closet upstairs.  In the cupboard I had a metal bin that was too small for all of the medications we had and so I had started to just put the overflow around the bin (Yikes - I'm telling all my dirty secrets in this blog!).  I thought it might be nice if I could get all of our medications seperated out by what type of medication they are so I went to Target and bought 4 canvas bins and labeled them:
 * Vitamins
* Antacids (Hey, everyone has to deal with it)
* Cold/Flu/Allergy Meds
* Pain Relievers
Next I also wanted to move all of our travel size items.  I, once again had been trying to get every last container in too small of a space.  My husband and I love to travel but every time we go on vacation I end up just buying new shampoo/conditioner/contact solution/body wash, etc because I would rather not dig through the bin under the sink in the guest bathroom.  I headed out to Target (gotta love that store) and got three bins and labeled them:
* Hair Care
* Body Care
* Eye Care/Dental Care
I love both of these shelves now because everything is easily accessable and labled!

On the next two shelves I wanted to figure out a way to keep the towels and sheets contained and I remembered that I could make covers for plastic milk crates using this tutorial.  I was able to roll up the towels and sheets so that they all fit inside the crates.  Perfect!

Finally I used the metal bin that I had been using for medication and rolled up our hand towels/washrags and stuck them in there.  I got a covered canvas bin for a few toys we have and called it good!
To make the labels I picked up some labels from the Martha Stewart line at Staples (which is awesome, by the way) and used the avery template to type them out.  Then I just printed them and laminated them with some self laminating sheets.  Easy peasy!
I am so happy with how it turned out!  I don't hate opening that closet door anymore like I used to because I know that everything is going to be in it's place which I love! 
Hope you've enjoyed my quick over view of my linen closet and that you all have a great week!!

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  1. It looks fabulous - you must be so pleased! I have some of the same bins for my linen closet only they are green and I LOVE them. Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. So organised and looks awesome. The covered crates is a great idea.

  3. Looks great. I'm inspired to do something to my closet :)

  4. I found this post on Pinterest and loved it so I used in it my top 5. Hope you don't mind. You can see it here Top 5: closet spaces
    Have a great day!