ic Kathe With an E: Linen Closet Organization

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Linen Closet Organization

I am one of the best

Seriously, six months ago, after I clean out
I told myself I needed to tackle 
the hall linen closet next.

You know how it goes,
you wake up in the morning 
planning to do something,
and shiney things happen.

Linen closet?
Nay, I need to sift my compost first.
Or, I really should check to see if there any cucumbers 
needing to be picked from the garden.
If I have enough cucumbers,
then we need to can them up while they are fresh...
and so on.

Well, this weekend arrived and
beyond get my hair done,
I had nothing to do.

No more excuses.
Time to hit that linen closet!
I can't even begin to tell you
how I hated opening that door
to get clean towels or a pain reliever.
Tramatic at best!

Just like when I cleaned my bedroom closet
I went after it with a vengence!

Please tell me you have prescriptions from 
1997 too? Or that your 
lovely bath bubbles from
Bath & Body Works that you bought several years ago,
but never opened, has changed colors and is

I filled a large kitchen trash bag 
with linens and towels that were pilly and 
even had bleach stains on them.
I don't know why I felt the need to keep them all this time.
They weren't even good rags anymore!

Lotions and potions and pills and ointments
that had reach their expiration date YEARS ago
into the trash they went!
I then separated everything that was left
and placed in the cute baskets 
that, were previously, overflowing.
I refolded the sheets and pillow cases
and rolled the towels.
 I organized everything in an order that made better since for me.
Things I didn't need to get to often
went up high.
Things such as towels and sheets are now
at eye level for me, and my short stature,
to get to easily.

And the bonus?
This only took me less than an hour!

Then, I had another idea!
 Sticky tiles!!

The shelves looked kind of dingy to me.
I am sure they haven't been painted since the house was built
in the early 80's.
I wasn't mentally prepared to paint but I wanted to clean them up somehow.
I was all set to go to Big Lots to get some sticky tiles
when, Mr. B reminded me we had a full box leftover
from when we did the laundry room floor.
I didn't want to actually stick them to the shelves
on the off chance I decided someday to paint
so, I taped them together and cut them to the size I needed.

They didn't have to be pretty since they were going to me mostly covered.
I then just placed them on each shelf.
 Then I was ready to put everything back, again!
The tiles actually make it easier
to slide the baskets out when I need to.

Still not good enough though.
A run to Michaels provided the finishing touches.
I bought some kicky pink zebra ribbon
(buy one get one free thankyouverymuch)
and attached it to the edges with
double sided tape.
The photos make it look like red but,
believe me, it's hot pink baby!
Mr. B thinks I am certifiably insane but,
I flipping love it!!

Now when I open the door I am greeted with kapow wow fun!
Plus, if I do ever (never) get tired of it,
I can just pull it off and put up something different.

While at Michaels I also picked up a large hinged basket
(40% off!)
that sits perfectly on the floor.
I plan to store either cleaning supplies
or rolls of toilet paper in it.
What initially took me less than an hour to clean up,
wound up taking a couple of hours
but, I think I really upped the cute factor!
It no longer pains me to open that door.
In fact, I now smile when I grab clean sheets 
or a pain reliever!

So, what's next you ask?
I really need to clean out under my sink in our bathroom.
But first, I really need to check that
light bulb in the basement...

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  1. It is so easy to put off closet cleaning and organization. I have some of that to do too!

  2. "Shiny things happen" I think I need to rename our blog that!!! :)

    Great job and I love the fun touch of the zebra!

  3. I'm a bigger procrastinater than you are .... what's worst is I save rags, LOL, now if I would just use them and then throw them away ... I save old socks, split them open and use them on swiffer mops instead of buying replacements, that reminds me I should go mop my floors.

  4. That looks so good Kathe! Good job!

  5. Great job! I love the added touch of the ribbon. And I know what it's like to procrastinate, you're not alone there. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Congratulations! You did an awesome job!

  7. Kathe you are so funny! Love that it only took a few hours and 6 months! I am so with you on stuff like this. I have a list but it can be months before I tackle the next thing on it. Love how you organized and made it super cute at the same time. xo Linda

  8. I use old towels for drying our large stinky outdoor dogs :) I bet it feels great to accomplish this!

  9. I have to orgenize my closets :)

    I would like to let you know about a new Craft Party,

    I would love to see your creations linked up with Crafty Tuesday

    Every week I will choose few tutorials and they will be featured on my blog and my facebook, twitter and pinterest page

    I hope to see you link up


  10. My husband always thinks I'm insane - it just means I'm an individual like no one else! Love your organization!

  11. Bravo! For future reference, animal shelters are usually happy to have old, stained towels and often sheets as well. So the next time you're up for a linen closet clean-out, you might find your local Humane Society would welcome a donation.

  12. Looks great! I love the look of rolled towels.

  13. You've inspired me to tackle my linen closet! Love the baskets.

  14. Oh please come and do mine :P, Great job, bet it feels good going in there now!

  15. Well done for getting around to that Kathe! I'm slowly working my way through my house organising and sorting - the bin is filling up fast with things I should have thrown away long ago! Your laundry cupboard looks beautiful! I'm yet to tackle mine but hope it looks as good as yours when I'm finished!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  16. Looks good! Hopefully it'll stay organized. I feel like no matter how organized I get, I always become unorganized within a short time. =)
    Angie from www.marigoldmom.com

  17. Wow! What a difference. I need to tackle my linen closet too (I mean who doesn't right?). Thanks for the inspiration!


  18. Sooo COOL!! I need to organize mine too!!!! Love all the little details you added!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  19. That looks great! And I love the zebra ribbon. I recently re-organized my linen closet, but it could use a bit more help, so I'll use some of these ideas.

  20. Wow! Doesn't organizing a space just make you feel better? It's amazing to see all that needs to be discarded. You did a great job!

  21. LOL! You crack me up! I also excel at procrastination! ;-)
    Your closet looks awesome!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  22. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post on organizing your linen closet on Simple & Sweet Fridays. It looks awesome!


  23. Love the idea about the vinyl tile. Joining from Shine on Fridays http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/

  24. I love the pink zebra print! I am a follower of your blog on Facebook and would love if you could hop over to my new blog (http://sarahsaturdiy.blogspot.com/) and share the blog love. Have a great weekend!

  25. I have to say before and afters are my faves. You did such a good job. I am inspired...my linens are alwasy such a heap!
    Stopping by from the what-about hop.

  26. Oh girl, doing a bit of organizing is on my list for next week. Hopefully I don't pick too many cucs and have to can instead. lol! Your closet turned out so fun. Love that funky hot pink tape. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  27. Organization is bliss girl. I love when my cupboards are tidy and I can actually fins stuff. You did a great job here!

    Thanks for sharing at The All Star Block Party!

  28. Looks great! I need to tackle my as well. I've been putting it off. Thanks for the inspiration.

  29. I so need to get my closets organized, and after seeing yours I now have closet "organized" envy - thanks make me fell guilty! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  30. Looks awesome! I love when everything has a place. It looks so much better that way. I'm featuring this tonight at the link party! Thanks for linking up!


  31. You have been featured on this week's Creative Corner Hop. Feel free to stop by and grab the "Spotlight is on You" button from the right sidebar of my blog. And thanks for sharing with us!

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

  32. Looks so neat and organized and, yes, fun! Amazing you were able to sort and organize so quickly something you had put off so long! Why do we do that to ourselves? Love the pink zebra ribbon!

  33. What a great idea with the sticky tiles! Love the closet reorganize :)

    Thanks so much for sharing this at the Weekend Wonders link party! Hope to see you back on Thursday Have a great day :)

  34. One of the Best procrastinators! LOL - I'm right there with you ;) Looks great, Kathe! Thank you for sharing it last week at All my Bloggy Friends - I can't wait to see what you link up at this week's All my Bloggy Friends!

  35. Oh, I would give you a run for that first place position for the best procrastinator Kathe! You did a great job on this redo and organization. I just cleaned out my linen closet a couple of weeks ago. I huge black garbage bag to donate to a thrift store and another went to the local animal shelter. I was shocked how much I had in there that I didnt need or use!

  36. It looks awesome Kathe! I love the zebra print tape - too fun! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  37. Kathe, I featured you this week on our Show & Share party. Thanks for linking up! :)


  38. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  39. Looks great Kathe! I so need to do this too. I love the rolled towels instead of my land slide because they never match up. lol Thanks so much for sharing.

  40. Hi Kathe,
    You did such an amazing job with this. I love it. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    from Wednesday until Sunday.
    Hope to see you there.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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