Organizing My Linen Closet Part 2: The Full Reveal! | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Organizing My Linen Closet Part 2: The Full Reveal!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Organizing My Linen Closet Part 2: The Full Reveal!

Yesterday I showed you how I organized the linens part of my linen closet.  If you didn't see that post, here's a look at what my linen closet looked like before I organized it.

Not too pretty.  And very chaotic!  I showed you yesterday how I organized the top two shelves that contain any linens that are not stored in bedrooms.

Today I'm going to show you how I organized the rest of the closet.  Here's a look at some more before pictures.

This is the toiletries shelf.  What a mess!!  I don't have a lot of space in our bathroom and all 4 of us share it, so extra bathroom items {things that aren't used regularly} get stored in this closet.

This shelf has definitely seen more organized days.  I usually go through this shelf every 6 months or so and I group the shampoos together, body wash bottles together, etc.  But it doesn't take long for things to just get tossed in anywhere.  It's become overwhelming again and I really need a better system to keep it organized.

I also keep a few cleaning supplies in this closet so I can do a quick clean as needed without having to go downstairs to get the rest of the supplies.  Gotta love that beautiful shower-cleaning-puff-on-a-stick thing in the closet too.  There's really nowhere else to store it upstairs so this closet is its home :)

Here's a look at the next shelf down.

This shelf is kind of an overflow area.  There are some off-season things like sunscreen as well as our "stockpile" for things we found great deals on.

There are some more cleaning supplies too.  And a fan.  Oh, and some old photo albums and pictures.  Of course.  Because a linen closet is a normal place to keep those isn't it?  :)  Sometimes things get put somewhere when you have space and then they just stay.  They kind of become part of the scenery and it doesn't even seem strange until you stop sometime and think about it {or take pictures of it!}.

Speaking of things that don't normally belong in a linen closet, on the floor of our closet is a bunch of my hubby's old sports card collection.  Why is it stored in our linen closet you ask?  Well, I'm not really sure, except that we don't really have any place else for it.  And it's really heavy stuff so the floor of this closet is a good place to keep it all without causing shelf to sag.

My hubby's hoping our son will get into sports cards soon so he can share his collection with him.  If not, he'll probably sell or give away some of it.  He sorted through it about a year ago and purged some of it then, so I just left it as it is right now. {I did move the Always pads and hair cutting supplies though!}

I mentioned yesterday that I took everything out of the closet so I could look at each item with fresh eyes and only put back what I really wanted to store in this closet.

Here's my relocate pile:

Definitely not items that need to be here!  I also moved 1 blanket into each of the kids' closets before I took this picture. And yep, that's me in that picture.  Wasn't I a cute kid? :)

This is my giveaway pile:

I purged a few toiletries I knew we wouldn't use.  And a bunch of sheets and some non-matching towels.  I'll be donating a few of these things but most items I gave away on Freecycle.  If you're looking for places to donate linens, there are also lots of shelters that can really use them.  

So are you ready to see what the rest of the closet looks like now that it's organized?  Here we go!

So simple looking compared to all that chaos before!  I really like having these items grouped in little baskets.  I used plastic baskets in case anything leaks.  Not quite as classy as the baskets I used for the other two shelves but more practical :)

The shelves are deep so there's space at the back for other items if needed.  But, the thing I love about this system is that if I do store anything back there, it will be easy to access because I can just pull the baskets forward.  No more bottles falling over when I reach for something at the back of the shelf!

Here's the shelf that used to be our overflow shelf.

I say "used to be" because it's practically empty now!  These 3 things can even fit behind those baskets on the shelf above.  I just put them here since the shelf was completely empty.

So where did all the toiletries go that used to be on these two shelves?  That's my secret weapon that I mentioned at the end of yesterday's post :)

Check it out!

Look at how many toiletry items I fit into these pockets!

Those of you who follow From Overwhelmed To Organized on Facebook know that I was searching earlier this week for an over-the-door shoe organizer.

I really wanted to make use of the vertical space on the back of the door.  Every other closet in our house has sliding doors which means I can't use this kind of organizer.  So I was even more determined to put one to use here.

When I couldn't find one I vented on Facebook :)  I'm so glad I did because several of you shared great ideas for where I could look.  And thanks to one lovely reader I was able to get one at Canadian Tire the next day.  It was the last one!  Thanks everyone :)

I'm so excited about all the space it freed up on the shelves!  That was one of my goals for this project.  Check!

I also wanted to have a system for this closet that would help us keep it organized rather than seeing the chaos return in a few weeks or months as things are added or removed from the shelves.  Another check!  The pockets and baskets will definitely help keep everything organized.

And I printed labels for all the baskets so everyone else in the family can put things back where they belong.  I didn't label the clear pockets since we can see what's inside anyway.  Plus this way we can move things around as our needs change.

It's hard to get a good picture of the whole closet because of where it is in our hallway.  Here's a view from the other angle.

I've walked by this closet several times in the last few days and just smiled.  I didn't even have to open the door... I just pictured how organized it was inside and did a little happy dance :)

If you've got a linen closet or bathroom closet that's in need of some organization, I highly recommend shoe organizers and baskets!

What are your tips for keeping your linen closet organized?  Where is the best place you've used an over-the-door organizer?

Happy organizing!

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