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Monday, February 29, 2016

Maximum Storage In A Small Linen Closet

I have your typical "builder basic" house, but my linen closet is not even "basic". The builder must think that no one has any sheets, blankets or towels except what they are using at the moment.  I have struggled with this tiny closet for years.  It was time to figure out something that worked and end my frustration.  After a ton of purging and a new door shelving unit, I think I have finally created the maximum storage in a small linen closet possible.

This tiny door that is only 17 1/2 inches wide is what I have for a linen closet.


It is barely the width of a folded towel and really not great storage.  One folded blanket takes up a whole shelf, so they have to go somewhere else.  I just need this space for towels, sheets and bathroom essentials and even that is hard to figure out.


While cooking the other day a light bulb moment went off when I was looking at the pantry.  This wire shelving door rack almost doubled my pantry space.  How fabulous it would be to have something similar for the linen closet.


That sent me on a hunt for a small one that would fit on that tiny door.  I finally found one that is only 12" wide, so that will work.

Out came everything and the purging began.  I am embarrassed to say that I had all of this in that tiny little closet.  I haven't purged linens in years and it shows.

What a mess - - -


and even more mess.


I narrowed it all down to this - - -

and this.


A big bag to the trash can and these two to Goodwill.


This is what we really use, so this is what I kept.  The top shelf is place mats and table runners.  Next is hand towels, wash cloths and kitchen towels on the left.  Third shelf is bath towels.  Bottom shelf is guest room sheets in the back, pillow cases on the right and an open spot for some new King Sheets.

The door shelves arrived and they are great.  Plenty of room for light bulbs, shampoo, bar soap, Kleenex and paper towels.  We buy huge packs of toilet paper, so it will fit perfectly on the bottom.  (Yes that top shelf of the linen closet is full of alcohol.  We are not big drinkers and every time we have a party, someone brings more, so we have a whole shelf full.  I need to start sending some home with everybody I know. haha)

Oh I do love this.  How nice to be able to see what we have and not have it all stuffed with things we don't even use.

If you need some extra storage, I would definitely recommend those door units, they are amazing and they take care of tons of small things so the shelves are freed up for larger items.

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22 comments:

  1. WOW that looks great. I have a linen closet that is that small too. Can't wait to get mine all fixed out.

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  2. I think that shelf is just brilliant! I cracked up over your alcohol. It truly is "top shelf". :)

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  3. This looks amazing Marty! My mom just installed something like this in her coat closet (and she has one in her tiny linen closet too). I need to do this in my master bedroom linen closet and pantry. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  4. Marty my linen closet is a bit bigger than yours and I also have another one upstairs but . . . . I LOVE the idea of the shelves on the doors and my hubby is currently measuring the door to see what we can get for the door. I would love to leave something to get back to me but unfortunately I don't know how so for now I will be anonymous until I learn. Thanks for the hint!

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    1. I love these door shelves. They come in several different widths and they are totally a life saver when storage is almost nill.

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  5. Marty, where did you find such slim shelving?

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    1. I found this 12" unit on Amazon. It was the only one that would fit since the door is so small.

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  6. So happy that I stopped by today. I've got the same size linen closet but mine is even worse because once you open the door, you see that one side is cut off making it triangular. I'll definitely be adding shelves to the door. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  7. You did a good job. Your closet looks roomier now that you have everything organized.

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  8. You did an amazing job with all of this. I like that door hanging unit. I could put on on my linen closet door too and it would help ease the storage especially the smaller items.

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  9. Inspirational, as always! Looks great!

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  10. Marty,
    Great way to find hidden space... Looks great. I need to organize my bathroom linen closet, too.

    Judith

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  11. I just did this as well, I added wire shelving in my pantry area, which has made a huge difference in storage! Also, it feels great to do some purging, and give away things you don't need. And how much better it feels to be organized! Have a great day :)

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  12. Marty, your linen closet is just like mine. Very small, and mine at the moment is crammed full. One of those shelving units would be ideal. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. HI Marty! What a great idea! I love this little door shelf and looks like it can hold lots of things! You've made great use of your little linen closet..

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  14. Fantastic job - I really need to do the same to my linen closet. It's amazing how quickly it becomes a bit untidy in there!

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  15. Marty,you may have guilted me into doing some purging. I know I also have things stored that we will never use. I really need to do this. Your closet looks great. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  16. What a lot of work! You get a gold star and my complete admiration for tackling the one job that we all dread. I can imagine that the satisfaction in having everything so beautifully organised is worth it!

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  17. What a lot of work! You get a gold star and my complete admiration for tackling the one job that we all dread. I can imagine that the satisfaction in having everything so beautifully organised is worth it!

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  18. You're a good woman, Marty. I think I need to clean out a few closets. I have told my husband that I have a very large number of napkins and dish towels in a piece of furniture in our home. Just letting him know in the event something happens to me.........:)

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  19. So much work but so worth it! Love the extra door storage...can never have too much!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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