Linen Closet Organization

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Making Over,Making Over

My linen closet has been in serious need of attention. I love organizing, so figuring out a solution for the piles of sheets was a joyful challenge. This is what I came up with:


I love it! Rolling sheets and towels actually takes up less space, and it also looks neater than piling up different sized squares on top of each other. I ran out of ribbon (those little spools from JoAnn’s don’t go very far), but when I get some more I’ll be finishing up with the rest of my sheets and also my towels. I also made little labels to clearly mark the size and used mini clothes pins to attach them.

In the past I’ve been staunchly opposed to impractical organizational solutions like rolling up sheets, tying them with ribbon, and labeling them. When somebody needs a fresh set of sheets, who knows where the ribbon will end up! I’ve finally changed my sorry ways! I would rather have our linen closet look neat and attractive. I can deal with rerolling and tying them if it means my linen closet looks more organized.


1 RACHEL March 21, 2008 at 12:41 am

I love this! So cute! and your tags are darling. I’ve thought of rolling towels but rolling sheets is a new idea for me, how clever and so much easier than folding.

2 Melissa @ Breath of Life March 21, 2008 at 3:27 am

Wow. I am thoroughly impressed!

3 Michelle Dawn March 28, 2008 at 9:12 am

Such a great idea! I’m not sure I’d have the ambition to do this every time I do the laundry, but it would be a really cute way to leave linen in the guest room when we move into a house (hopefully this summer).

4 linen and things March 31, 2008 at 1:46 pm

For years, I made the mistake of buying the wrong type of linen, bath products and other home products simply because I decided to buy from the big and popular names.
However , the love for linen isnt dying as far i am concerned :) . Thats why i am reading linen related blogs :)

5 Alison @ This Wasn't In The Plan April 1, 2008 at 9:23 am

That’s adorable! I roll my towels so that they take up less space, but never thought to roll my sheets also.

6 RecycleCindy April 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Wow what a cute idea and such a wonderful way to organize your linen closet. I submitted your post to Stumble and reviewed it so others can see your great ideas.

7 vanillajoy April 1, 2008 at 7:45 pm

Well, thank you! I’m glad you liked this idea! Rolling my linens really has made a big difference in the feel of the whole area. I used to walk by that closet and either ignore it completely or feel like my whole house was a mess. Now I get this really happy feeling when I see how neat, tidy, and beautiful that closet is! That’s why I love organization so much, because when my house is well organized I feel better about the condition of almost everything in my life. Thanks again for your comment and your Stumble submission!


8 vanillajoy April 1, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Wow, thanks everyone! I’m so glad that this idea is helping you out, it has done wonders for me and my linens. I have been so surprised at how much less space rolling things takes than folding. I can fit everything one one shelf that took up two or three before. Thanks for all of your kind comments!


9 vanillajoy April 1, 2008 at 7:51 pm

My parents were in town last week and so I had to unwrap a lot of my towels and sheets for them to use. I’ve been putting things back together now that they’ve gone home, and re-rolling and tying everything isn’t nearly as much work as I thought it might be, only one step past folding. When I was first doing this, I wondered if it was something I’d be able to keep up long term, and I think it’s definitely maintainable. However, having rolled and labeled linens only for display is great too! Thanks for commenting.


10 Stephanie April 2, 2008 at 11:25 am

That is an adorable idea!

11 SeaBird April 2, 2008 at 1:21 pm

That is so clever – and what a great housewarming/wedding gift they would make, too!

12 Lisa D. July 1, 2008 at 10:18 am

I absolutely loves this idea of saving space and making your closet look so cute. Has it been hard to keep up? I think I’m going to give it a try. THanks for sharing.

13 Marne July 29, 2008 at 9:01 pm

I stumbled onto your website today, and I LOVE IT! You have so many fabulous ideas on here, and I really like this one. Thanks for sharing!

14 Annie August 11, 2008 at 11:15 am

What a great idea!! I roll my towels and t-shirts, but not my sheets. I love your tags and ribbons, too. :)

15 Kim R. August 28, 2008 at 5:31 am

Wow – how great is this. I love the way it will keep the sheets 1) together and 2) looking neat. Thanks for the tip

16 Chris September 2, 2008 at 12:38 am

Hi. The sheets look beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I love your tags. Do you know what font and/or font program you used? Thanks.

17 Maria September 2, 2008 at 10:37 am

This is very fancy. I would love to have my linen closet look that way. I use my mother’s method of just putting everything that belongs together in the pillowcase that matches it. That way I just grab a pillowcase bundle & all the matching pieces are inside. But, not nearly as cute & fun as what you have come up with!

18 alli September 20, 2008 at 9:24 am

This is a good idea, even if you don’t label them. You can just leave the ribbon and labels in the linen closet for the next time you need them.

19 Kris Graff September 22, 2008 at 8:14 am

This is such a cute idea. Though unfortunately I don’t have a linen closet. I have half a cupboard under the sink in the bathroom. :) Though I may try this out and I thought I would use those hairbands that are headbands. THey would be big enough I think.

20 Janice A Ashcraft February 5, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Hair bands, great Idea- colorful and practical. See one good idea leads 2 an even better/easier one. Good job!!!

21 Victoria July 8, 2009 at 11:17 am

What a great idea! I do this with my dish towels in the kitchen drawer, but I hadn’t thought to do this in the linen closet as well. You’re right-it does take up less space and is much cuter. :-)

22 Baba August 3, 2009 at 10:25 am

This really beautifies a linen closet! Great for guests towels. So pretty!

23 Kali September 5, 2009 at 4:44 am

I know this post is old, but I have to say your idea of organization is wonderful! My linen closet is in sad, sad shape, and this is such an easy fix. I’m so encouraged, I just may organize and de-clutter my closet now, before the rest of the brood wakes up.

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