I wasn’t brave enough to show you the BEFORE shot of my linen closet because… then you would have seen all my deep, dark secrets. I mean, it was ugly. Really REALLY ugly. But since doing some work around the house (you can sort of see my new office in the upper right corner of the photo above), I’ve started to look at every nook and cranny of my home and try to think of new ways for it to work better for the family.
The linen closet was on our hit list and we went to TOWN! After hitting up the Dollar Store for a few bins and accessories, I was able to find order in my world of chaos and can happily show you a few minor hacks that can give you some guidance for when you are ready to tackle your own private beast.
Step 1: Roll your bath towels:
In order to maximize the space in your linen closet, be sure to roll up your towels and line them up alongside one another. Not only will you be able to see what colors are available to you every wash day, but you will be able to store more sheets per square inch!
Step 2: Get A Bin For Beach Towels And For Smaller Hand Towels
Instead of just creating stacks of your largest and smallest items on your linen closet’s floor, consider purchasing the right-sized bins for the job. I got both of these items at my local dollar store for $1 each. My hand towels and my beach towels each have their own home and the kids will know exactly where to find them when I ask for their help throughout the day.
Step 3: Store Laundry Detergent On Top
I love to use Tide PODS and have a bin in my linen closet for easy access. Laundry pacs are convenient, but they also have a concentrated formula. That’s why it’s important to keep all detergent away and out of reach from children. Remember to keep them up and keep them closed… because this will keep your kids safe.
Tide PODS® is a 3-in-1 laundry solution, that consist of a detergent, stain remover and brightener all at once. You won’t need a lot of room in your linen closet for this addition. I have a tiny area on my top shelf for my favorite pods that are far out of reach from my toddler but easy enough for me to grab on laundry day.
And remember! Simply pop in one pac for most loads, but use two pacs for large loads and three pacs for extra large loads.
Step 4: Keep Full Bed Sheets Together In A Pillowcase
No more searching for fitted sheets and mattress covers! Keep everything together and all in one place for easy access. Just grab a pillow and go! Make your bed with ease. You will thank me for this once a week for the rest of your life. This one is a game changer.
Step 5: Keep Downy Unstoppables In Your Linen Closet
Want to ensure that your clothes have that long lasting scent that you know and love from Downy? Be sure to wash your clothes with Unstoppables. Unstopables™ Premium Scent Booster with Fabric Conditioner is a liquid fabric conditioner that provides your laundry with luxurious, high-quality scent that lasts for weeks (out of storage), as well as first-class fabric conditioning that keeps fabrics feeling silky-soft. That’s right — even if you’ve washed those sheets a few weeks ago, they will still retain that same delicious scent that you smelled the moment you took them out of the dryer. BLISS!
As an added bonus, I love to keep a few Unstoppables in a small bowl on one of my top shelves so I can get a nice whiff every time I open the door. What a morning pick me up!
Step 5: Create A Storage System For Blankets And Kitchen Towels Too
Everything has its place in my linen closet. I bought the appropriate-sized basket to accommodate every item on my list. Kitchen towels didn’t need much room but my blankets did. Now when the children put the laundry away, they can see right away where everything goes. Want to take this a step further? Label the bins! Go for it!
No matter how you organize your closet, be sure to start with products that treat your sheets and towels the ways they deserve to be treated. Tide PODS and Downy Unstoppables are the perfect match for any laundry situation.
Speaking of matches… want to hear about how my partner and best friend, Audrey McClelland worked on her linen closet? Click here to check out her post!
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