Few things are more satisfying to look at than a well-organized linen closet, but creating your own at home can be a whole other story. On top of finding the room to store all of your towels, washcloths, pillowcases, and spare bed sheets, organizing a cramped and cluttered storage space is hardly ever an easy—or affordable—feat.
Luckily, with a little imagination—and a lot of help from Pinterest—you can turn any crowded closet into a streamlined space without breaking your bank account. From towel bars to file sorters, here are seven ways to turn your linen closet into a work of art—no professional organizer necessary.
Tie sheets up in fabric
Leave it to Martha Stewart to offer a clever (and color-coded) solution to bedding storage. To keep your pillowcases and bed sheets tidy and together, wrap them up in a large piece of color coordinated fabric, like Martha’s satchels above, inspired by Japanese furoshiki — or you could even use the sheets themselves! They look adorable lined up on shelves, and makes finding your sheet sets a breeze.
Wire baskets can work wonders
If you’re searching for a chic way to streamline your linen storage, consider investing in a few wire baskets — like the ones seen above on Simply Organized. Not only are they widely available and super affordable, they look unbelievably sophisticated while keeping all of your linens organized and distinct.
Our Favorite Wire Baskets
Hang towel racks on the inside of the door
Who knew a couple of sleek towel racks could offer so much storage potential? (Better Homes and Gardens did, above.) Install a few on the inside of your closet door and hang up your tablecloths and linens in style.
Use file sorters for storing washcloths
Keep your smaller linens in line with a little help from some file sorters. Whether rolled or folded, they’ll help keep your washcloths orderly and more importantly, in plain sight. In this shot, the team from Better Homes and Gardens added some hang tags to keep things sorted.
Add some elegant labels
Funny how something as little as a label can make your whole linen closet look fresh and tidy — we love the way The Happy Housie used them on the front of the closet shelves. Pick up a pack of adhesive bookplate labels and let everyone in the house know which linens go where.
Shelf dividers FTW
Believe it or not, shelf dividers and organizers are a cheap and easy way to systematize your entire closet without leaving any unsightly damage — just check out this shot above from Better Homes and Gardens. Opt for a slide-on undershelf basket (like this $7 one) to score some extra washcloth storage, or simply use a riser to keep your guest towels separated.
Try a hanging shoe organizer
It’s the littlest things — think hand towels, pillowcases, paper towels and toilet paper — that have a way of taking over the linen closet. Looking for a foolproof way to organize them in style? Hanging shoe organizers are awesome for stashing every little thing, as you can see here from The 36th Avenue.