Organizing A Linen Closet On A Budget

Organizing a closet doesn’t have to be expensive. I love the beautiful closet systems they sell at home improvement stores, but I can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars so I know where to find extra toilet paper.

Last weekend while I was at my parents house, my mom and I found time to do a little budget-friendly organization project in her linen closet. They’ve lived in their new home for about a year and a half, and she’s still working on the perfect spots for everything. This closet is upstairs with all the bedrooms and is perfect for backup toiletries, paper products and a few cleaning supplies that are used in the rooms up there.

Here’s the before shot of the closet – not a disaster (check out her gorgeous walk in closet!) but in need of some organization:

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I headed to the Dollar Tree and grabbed color matched bins to corral all the items. We also used the bins that were already in the closet, and with Mom’s scrapbooking supplies for colorful labels – the project was done for $10! We followed my basic organization steps:

  • take a before picture
  • take everything out of the closet and sort by type (toiletries, cleaning supplies, paper products, etc.)
  • give everything a place (using the green bins or things on hand)
  • communicate the system (created labels for the bins)

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I love these large bins – they fit perfectly on the shelves. The green and white checked bins (3/$1!) fit nicely inside the large ones to corral smaller items like hand sanitizers.

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The top shelf is a perfect place to store her extra arrangements and decor pieces. She can easily see what she needs when changing decorations around the house (which, if you know my Mom, happens often). 🙂

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We both enjoyed admiring the completed closet throughout the rest of the weekend. There’s so much satisfaction from a freshly organized space!

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12 thoughts on “Organizing A Linen Closet On A Budget

  1. You did a wonderful job organizing. My linen closet could use some help, but there are other areas in worse shape. The craft closet, for example… I loved your tip about leaving more space than you think you’ll need. Makes so much sense!


    1. I feel your pain with the craft closet. I have two of them and sometimes I’m afraid to open the doors because something might fall out. The rest of my house is pretty organized, but the craft room is a disaster area!


  2. Looks great! I think the labels make all the difference to create a cohesive look. I keep random storage baskets and bins stashed away because I never know when I might need them to organize a space!


  3. Looks great! I love that you worked with what you had and just bought a few new things. That seems more practical than spending lots of money to buy all new containers. Good idea. I love those little green and white bins.


    1. That might mean the organization system isn’t really working for you! I find that leaving room to grow is a huge part of keeping spaces organized. If I have to cram my stuff back where it goes, I’m less likely to keep up the organization. Try giving yourself more room than you think you need!


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