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I have 2 large linen closets and both are a big mess. I don’t know where to begin?

Lucky you to have two large linen closets! I can imagine, though, that having two closets is twice as frustrating if they get messy and disorganized.

If each linen closet holds a separate category of linens (for example, linens for certain rooms) and that works for you, then I’d suggest you tackle each closet separately. However, if both contain a mish-mash of items, you might want to declutter and organize both closets at the same time. Whether you’re organizing one or both, the method is the same.

Empty the linen closet(s) and categorize the items as you empty them. The flat surface of a bed can be great for this. Group like things together: your categories might includes sheets or towels of a certain size, or sheets or towels for a certain room, for example. If you’re emptying both closets in one session, consider what makes sense to store in each of the linen closets and separate the items by closet as well. Group the linens however you think of them–there’s no one right way to do this. If you have an overabundance of items, let go of stained or fraying linens and ones that you just don’t like. (For the pristine but unloved ones, consider donating to Goodwill or other charity; for frayed or stained, consider donating to a local animal shelter.)

Take the opportunity to dust or wipe down your emptied closets. Relocate any items that really belong elsewhere.

Once all your linen closet contents are sorted and you’ve let go of what you can, consider which categories you use the most and place those items in the  most easily accessible shelves; typically eye level or just below. Keep putting items away in decreasing order of use and decreasing value of real estate so that the least-used items end up on the highest and lowest shelves.


Janine Adams is a messy professional organizer who loves helping others create order. The co-founder of Declutter Happy Hour, she believes in having as much fun as possible in the organizing process. Check out her web site at Peace of Mind Organizing!

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3 Responses to I have 2 large linen closets and both are a big mess. I don’t know where to begin?

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  3. Ron Ribail December 20, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    We bought one of your 30″ wrapping paper holders from Fred Meyer that works great but a lot of the wrapping paper that people buy is 33″ long. i looked around and there wasn’t anything available. i ask Fred Meyer people if they carried a longer container for the longer paper and they said no and that i should write Rubbermaid and get you & Fred Meyer on the same page so that you could make a longer one and that they carry such container.
    do you make one? where can i get one?

    thank you

    Ron Ribail

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