Find simple tips and tricks for a functional, organized and beautiful linen closet. Linen closet organization doesn’t have to be overwhelming!

Learn the keys to getting organized and staying that way. These easy linen closet organization ideas will help you start with a clean slate and move forward with ease.

White linen closet.
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I’m ridiculously excited to add function and organization to our home. After living in chaos for the first couple years of living in our St. Louis home, we were finally able to implement some storage solutions that made life a little less chaotic.

The hall linen closet was dark (as was much of our home). Though small, it had a bi-fold door that fell off every time we tried to open it, posing a threat to the girls and our sanity!

Our linen closet, like so many others, had collected a lot of things that didn’t belong there or that our family outgrew. You can see a glimpse of the closet in progress to the right in the below photo below.

A hallway with hardwood floors and a staircase leading to a room, featuring a linen closet.

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 white oak floors for the hallway and more recently we had all of the doors in our home replaced with new shaker doors, including the dreaded bi-folds.

Linens neatly arranged on a shelf in a linen closet.

What is a Linen Closet?

Linen closets tend to be small in size and are anywhere between 12-24″ deep. This accommodates towels and sheets comfortably without allowing anything to get lost behind.

However, because of their small size, it’s important to utilize them wisely to maximize function.

If you love the look of our linen closet, don’t skip this post about our vintage Linen Cabinet, as well as our new Modern Laundry!

White sheets neatly stored in a linen closet.


  • A fresh coat of paint or a “white” backdrop sets everything apart. It reduces the risk of things getting lost, as they often do in a dark closet and allows everything to easily be seen. I highly recommend using a shade of white. You can find all of my favorite cream paint colors here. We used Benjamin Moore Soft Chamois for our hall linen closet.
  • Use adjustable shelving, if possible. This allows you to adapt your closet as your needs change. Maintaining the same width between your shelves is visually appealing. We are lucky to have built in wooden shelving, but wire shelves work well for linens too.
  • Leave empty space. I can’t stress this enough! This not only makes for a visually appealing space, but it leaves you room to expand and store more items when necessary.
A white dresser with the word king on it, perfect for a linen closet.

What Should Go in a Linen Closet?

Everyone’s needs are different, especially depending on whether it’s in a hall or bath,  but typically this space is suitable for:

  • bath towels and hand towels
  • sheets
  • Out of season blankets and duvets
  • extra pillows
  • extra blankets
  • toilet paper
A linen closet with white sheets and towels.

10 Steps to Linen Closet Organization

  1. The first step is to remove everything. This will allow you to see what you have.
  2. Eliminate excess. How many sets of sheets do you need? Two sets of sheets for each bed is often sufficient – one on the bed and one to rotate with.
  3. Eliminate anything that doesn’t belong (toys, anything that made its way there over the years).
  4. Store infrequently used items on the top shelf.
  5. Keep smaller items together in a basket or storage bins.
  6. Organize linens by category keeping towels on a separate shelf from bedding.
  7. Use labels (like these bronze metal label holders with tiny nails) to 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.)
  8. Store sheets in sets with corresponding pillowcases or dedicate a space for them.
  9. Learn how to fold a fitted sheet like Martha. Or don’t, and stack them as neatly as you can and call it good!
  10. Close the door and pat yourself on the back!
A stack of white towels on a linen closet shelf.

This little closet is also a great place to store excess toilet paper and even candles that aren’t in use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are linen closets necessary?

That depends on how many linens you need to store, how many family members you have, etc.
While some folks make due with a higher shelf in a bedroom closet, or a space under a vanity sink in a bathroom, these closets can serve a major purpose in your home: defined storage and organization.

Should a linen closet be in the bathroom?

A linen closet can certainly be located inside a bathroom, but they can also be found in bedrooms and hallways. A linen closet can come in handy in any area of your home!

However, the main reason that I prefer a hall closet is because of the humidity in a bathroom. You run the risk of too much moisture inhabiting your clean linens.

What can I use if I don’t have a linen closet?

Use a Linen Cabinet! Much like a linen closet, this is a freestanding piece of furniture that will serve the same function but with much more flexibility to move around your home.

How deep should a linen closet be?

Generally, linen closets are designed at around 15 to 24 inches deep. That’s purposeful, in order to make sure items don’t get lost in the back.

A linen closet filled with white towels and white sheets.

Linen Closet Organization Sources

Here are some items we used in our linen closet organization project – and a few I can’t wait to purchase (like the comforter bags for the bedding on the floor in our closet).


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  1. Love this first step to organize my home & beach house! Maybe if sheets are labeled guest will put clean sheets on the bed before they leave…..A girl can hope:).
    I ordered my labels tonight. I am most anxious to organize the pantry.

    1. That made me smile! I feel the same at the lake! Those labels bring me so much joy. I cannot wait to share our pantry with you. I’m hoping for a little sunshine to photograph! Happy Organizing, Sue!

  2. Julie this is lovely. I love that you are going to help us organize our homes over the next month. Thank you for the inspiration. May I ask where and how you store your extra towels and blankets?

  3. I love, love, love your beautiful knitted afghan in your beautifully organized linen closet! Please tell me more about the afghan………did you knit it, or who did, or where was it purchased? where might I get the pattern to knit one if you or someone you know knitted it? It’s a stunner.

  4. 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!!

    1. 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!