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Organizing My Messy Linen Closet

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I often drool over pictures on Pinterest of super organized closets. I have high hopes and visions of that happening for me in all of my closets, but it never seems to happen! I can never find the right baskets that will fit, or they don’t hold everything, or they are too expensive. And don’t even get me started on trying to fold sheets the correct way – I have tried and it doesn’t work for me. I need to put sheets in a basket so my sad attempts at folding won’t be quite so obvious.

This is a small linen/hall closet in the hallway between my kids’ bedrooms. Whenever I try to put something away, sheets or towels usually end up falling out. I have been known to get hit on the head with falling pillows. Okay – time to get it organized! Of all our closets, it is the smallest, so I thought it would be the easiest to tackle.

Messy Linen Hall Closet Before organizing with baskets.
My Messy Linen Closet Before I Organized With Baskets

Steps I Took To Organize This Messy Closet

Step 1: Take everything out so I knew what was in there.

Step 2: Get rid of anything I didn’t need anymore. (I’m looking at you old ratty beach towels and extra guest room sheets that we no longer have!)

Step 3: Measure my shelves so I know what size baskets will fit.

Step 4: Order/get baskets. (I was so excited I dropped everything and went to Target to get the baskets. In the meantime my hallway was SUPER messy. I was so thrilled to discover these baskets from Target not only fit, but they were a great price.)

Step 5: Put everything in a basket, sorted with similar items.

Step 6: Admire your newly organized closet.

Step 7: Make labels so you can see at a glance what is in each basket.

You can find labels on Etsy, Amazon, or make your own. I made a super simple label in PicMonkey and printed them on these Avery labels.


This is the first closet I have organized (and kept organized!) and I am super thrilled with how it turned out. My teenage son has even commented “Mom! The closet is so much better! When I go to get the movie blanket out, things don’t fall on my head!” This is giving me hope that I can do it for the rest of my closets. (Hey, a girl can dream, right?)


  • Nicki
    May 30, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    I like those baskets. I’m going to see if they fit in the new shelves I got for the nursery…

  • ramah
    June 1, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    They are great baskets and really hold a lot. Let me know if you end up using them. They come in a bunch of different colors too.

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