Our New Hall Linen Closet

How to organize a hall linen closet

I’m ridiculously excited to add function and organization to our home. After living in chaos for the past year and a half, we’re finally able to implement some storage solutions that make life a little less chaotic. The hall linen closet started out dark {as did much of our home} and the bi-fold door fell off every time we tried to open it, posing a threat to myself and the girls. It was so bad that we rarely if ever used it, storing our sheets in laundry baskets and only forgotten bath toys in the hall closet. Over the summer we replaced the worn carpet with hardwoods for the hallway and more recently we had all of the doors in our home replaced, including the dreaded bi-folds {more on those details to come soon}. I wish I could find my before photos…I’m not giving up yet, I know I took them.

How to organize a hall linen closet

Before Chris could get the door knobs on, I was painting the interior of the closet. At first I painted the shelves in our white trim paint, but decided to use the wall color on the final coat. A fresh coat of paint reduces the risk of things getting lost, as they often do in a dark closet.

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I added bronze metal label holders with tiny nails so that we could easily decipher which sheets belong to which bed. I cannot tell you how many times we’ve unfolded sheets only to discover that they weren’t the ones we were trying to change. That’s the risk you take when you don’t have licensed character sheets, I suppose. During this process, I was reminded that I am not Martha and if folding a fitted sheet beautifully is really possible. Of course I refuse to iron them, so I’m a helpless case.

Organize a hall closet with these easy tips from home blogger Julie Blanner

The linen closet is also a great place to store excess toilet paper and candles that aren’t in use. I know it seems simple, but I love our new hall linen closet and am unreasonably proud of it. It’s a good day when we can add a little more function to our home.

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How to organize a linen closet

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21 Comments

  • Absolutely beautiful Julie! Love the addition of the labels. We will be redoing our linen closet soon as our bi-fold door also fell off the hinge:). Pinning. Take care, Tara

  • Patrice says:

    Looks clean and fresh like everything else you do. My king fitted sheet isn’t folded perfectly either but it looks more than presentable to me. I just changed my folding method and meant to video it for myself so I don’t forget. I practiced for about 15 minutes….hahahaha. That’s what I do to myself.

    • Julie says:

      Good for you! I don’t think I’ll ever master it, no matter how hard I try, but at the end of the day, no one sees my folded fitted sheets except me. Well, and you.

  • Trisha says:

    OMG – that looks GREAT!! I especially love the label holders! I’ve been looking for some like that for my pantry and hall closet, so thank you for sharing!

    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Trisha! I shared a link to my source for them – a few years ago I searched EVERYWHERE before surprisingly finding some scrapbook labels that work perfect.

  • I can’t wait to tackle my linen closet. This one is beautifully done and gives me inspiration!

  • TidyMom says:

    I’m not good at organizing, so I always put it off until I can’t stand it any more, then I feel SO good once it’s done!! I love the labels on the shelves.

  • How I wish we are as good as you in terms of effective organization. This looks really awesome and I love the simplicity of it. Love it!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing your bright and organized closet with us, Julie. How do you keep your linens smelling fresh when they are not in use? Often, when I change our sheets weekly or sometimes every few days (we have a baby), they smell musty and they are clean. Thank your in advance for your response and sage advice.

  • Liz says:

    I’ve been trying to clean out one drawer a day. Then I need to move on to the closets. My linen closet is in dire need of attention—thanks for the inspiration!

  • Beautiful!! I’m re-doing our linen closet today. Love how airy and refreshing this feels by just looking at the picture!

  • Judy Powell says:

    How about organizing a mud room full of paint, nails and screws, sanding materials, an antique fan, extension cords, weed Wacker cords, etc

  • Judy H. says:

    Your linen closet looks so sweet and fresh! I am fortunate enough to have 2, yes TWO linen closets in my home. It is an early 1950’s home with a linen closet in the hallway and another full size linen closet in the upstairs bathroom! Call me weird, but I love to organize them, folding everything neating and putting everything in its place. I painted the inside of the hallway closet cream with a soft white trim. I store all of my blankets, pillows, sheets, table linens and folded fabrics in there. I painted the bathroom linen closet a “barely there” mint green and trimmed out the shelves in white. I LOVE your labels on your shelves and I’ll confess right now, I’m going to steal your idea! Your closet looks so pretty with the glass jars on the right of the top shelf. Are those candles or bath salts? Sooo pretty!!

    • Julie says:

      Hi Judy! They’re candles…I have an excess of them and love how they scent our sheets when stored away until we’re ready to use them. The cream and mint sounds so lovely! I’m so glad you like the idea. Have a great weekend!

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