A linen closet is a great place to get your organizing feet wet. It is usually an easy to complete task that can give you the satisfaction of a job well done in short order. That is of course if all that is in your linen closet is linen. If your closet has to play double-duty as storage for towels, cleaning products or anything else – the first step is to decide if there is really room for everything you want to put in there and if there is a better place for any of the items.
Once you have determined what role the linen closet is going to play, decide on what type of storage system is going to work the best. Most closets of this nature function best with a series of shelves, but some hooks and small baskets can help keep smaller items from getting lost or looking cluttered. A combination of shelves and a small hanging rod can be functional also. Keep the most used items at eye level for easy access such as bed linens or towels that are used daily or weekly. Another nice touch is to hang lavender sachets or another scented item to keep your bed sheets smelling nice and fresh. Other common things to store in a linen closet are out-of-season coats or blankets. It is best to store these in proper containers or bags to keep them fresh.
If you are also storing cleaning products and appliances in your linen closet (iron, ironing board, or a vacuum cleaner), where you put them will depend on whether or not you have young children. If you do have little ones around, put the cleaning products up high and out of reach. Or better yet, install a safety latch on the door.