Little Linen Closet - Before & After

Monday, February 14, 2011

Up until a few days ago, our open linen closet was a HOT MESS. I've had thoughts of an organized linen closet for a few months, before it got out of hand. I got tired of walking by it looking all crazy, so I decided to go though all the junk and create a pretty & organized closet. When we first moved into our house the linen closet had ugly cheap doors on the front that didn't even stay shut. I took off the doors to create a more open looks in the tiny space. I'm being very generous by calling the space linen closet its really a nook in our hallway. I found two nice woven baskets at Marshall's for $ 14.99 and that's were the update stopped. Our linen closet has pretty much looked liked this for the past few months, a junk holder.

Yup, this is how the closet really looked liked { keeping it real }

Junk junk and more junk

First I pulled out the bins and went thought all my products, I'm a hair product chick. So it took me a while to part ways with products I haven't used in forever! lol I also moved the small white basket that holds our dogs food and treats and placed in in out kitchen instead. No more walking to the hallway for Mojo's food. After emptying all the shelves and I decided to repaint the inside of the cabinets glossy white and the trim white too. Next I wanted to make each shelf look thick and more custom, so Mr CLH house cut pieces of MDF board from me. Then I used wood glue and blue tape to keep the trim piece in place until it dried. Then filled any minor gap with caulk and painted the trim. Adding the new trim gave the space a sleek look. Here's how the closet looked with new trim / before being painting.

It was extremly hard to take good pictures of this little nook, the space is in our hallway right next to our sons bedroom. Here's how little linen closet now organized and fresh. It looks so much better if I do say so myslef.

I decided to only use one large storage basket for products and placed the loose products in clear plastic bins. The other larger basket I used to hold towels. To create more space in the basket I rolled the towels. Which made the basket look more spa-like. The very top shelf holds extra tolit paper.

I placed our extra stock of cotton balls & q-tips in left over vases from our wedding. I used a wicker vase that was sitting in our dining room and placed extra bars of soup inside. The white box holds medicene, band aides and viatmins free up precious space in our bathroom.

All of our hand towels and bed linens are stored in our coat closet, which also mis-matched towels etc. 

I'm so glad this proejct is complete! The project only closet a few dollars to complte { the box } we had everthing else on hand. How do you like our linen closet makover? How do you keep your linen closet organized.



  1. Isn't it nice to have everything all neat and organized? This post is making me think I need to organize my kids linen closet and throw out all of the old bath towels that have faded.

  2. Great makeover. And the little bird is a darling touch.

  3. Very cute! I am embarrassed by my linen closet but love the ideas of rolling up towels and putting items like q-tips and cotton balls in clear containers.

  4. Looks so clean and very spa-like indeed, nice job. Where are those gray and white towels from? I'm looking for gray patterned towels for my bathroom.

  5. It looks so much better now! We've been organizing like crazy here, too...

    I wondered what your thoughts were on rockers, etc for baby's room... are they necessary? Have you come across any cute & chic ones that are also affordable? I mean, I love the $1000 ones at Restoration hardware, but it's a little high for my budget... Would love to hear how you & your hubby plan to tackle this (or maybe you're skipping a rocker all together?)...

  6. Thanks Hilary, I found those towels at Marshall's a couple of weeks ago. They also have a green version of the towel. The towels are nice and thick!

    Jen - I'm so in the house must be clean fresh and organized mode!! We've been going back in forth over a traditional rocker or finding a vintage chair that needs to be re-done. I'm not to fond of the gliders style-wise but I know they work great.

    1. What brand are the towels? Isn't Marshall's like TJ Maxx where it's a name brand for cheaper? I love them!!! They match my bathroom perfectly!!

  7. It looks so good! I love those towels... bathroom organization makes me giddy (ha maybe because mine is far from it right now!)

  8. so very organized. The towels are super chic. I love switching things up. Nice job.

  9. Gorgeous! Who would have thought gorgeous could describe a linen closet? It does though!

  10. Lovely job! Martha Stewart would be proud!!! If I were to take a picture of my linen closet and send it to you, you may just dump me as a friend... The space could use a lot of help. Its a wedding gift storage slash scented candle closet, with a hint of new vs. old towels and even some of the bathroom products are in there (despite the fact that the bathrooms have cabinets)... So yes, I am inspired.. and yes I feel badly about the clutter....

  11. Mrs Freshly Baked - your killing me!! lol :) You saw what a mess my linen nook was - it had everything in there but the kitchen sink, since there are no doors on it - I had to do something!! Lol - I must be in the early stages of Nesting

  12. I love this space and your towels! Those towels! I want them.

  13. must be happy every time you pass by it. I love the little bird at the top.
    Mary Ann

  14. girl you did a great job..i need you to tackle mine. i am sooo shame.

  15. Ahhh, very nice! Rolling the towels up makes a big difference. Same with those clear jars! We don't really have a linen closet, but I wish we did!

  16. O how I wish I could have that clean organized look!

    In my Biggie Smalls voice-----it was all a dream for me!

    I need you to assist me ASAP!!!!

    I feel like I have too much crap.....

  17. Hi Katrina,

    Love your blog here, I'm a new follower :-)

    I adore your style, those towels above and shelves are fun!

    Look forward to reading more about you and your projects!

  18. What a great project! I've featured this in a post about lovely linen closets as part of my series "31 Days to an Organized Home" Check it out:


Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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