Friday, March 4, 2011

Confession: We Have No Linen Closet

When I read home blogs, I often see photos of linen closets, and people showing photos of how they have organized these closets.  Technically, our house came with a linen closet, if you can call the teeny-tiny phone booth-sized closet in our upstairs hallway a linen closet.  (I will post photos of it another time). 

We've decided that the tiny linen closet would be put to better use in other ways.  I store a vacuum cleaner in there, plus extra toilet paper, shampoo, etc. 

So, where do we store our extra "linens?" We have a dresser in the guest room with empty drawers that we use for this purpose. 

We keep extra towels for guests in this drawer:

In another drawer, we keep a set of lighter summer sheets for the guest bed:
That's right: there's nothing else in that drawer!  We went through the dresser and took out all the excess "stuff".  Then we added extra towels, sheets, pillow cases, etc. that we might need for guests.  Extra sheets for the master bedroom are on a top shelf in the master closet.

I had the idea to write about this after seeing a post on I'm an Organizing Junkie.  Laura at Org Junkie is hosting a 52 Weeks of Organizing series on her fun blog.  She is basing the challenges on her book Clutter Rehab, which I reviewed in a previous postYou can go over and join the challenge at any time; she posts a new topic on Fridays. 
This week, she talks about "What is your good enough?" For me, storing extra sheets and towels in a dresser and on a shelf are "good enough."  

What is your "good enough?"  

Linking to: A Beach Cottage/ 504 Main/ It's a Blog Party/ Dittle Dattle/ The Tattered Tag/ Tatertots and Jello/ French Country Cottage/ It's a Hodgepodge Life/ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating/ Remodelaholic/ Frugal and Fabulous Design/ The Shabby Nest/ My Romantic Home/ I'm an Organizing Junkie

19 comments:

Irene Robertson said...

We have no linen closet either. So what I plan on doing for the downstairs bathroom is using the closet of the guestroom (right next door) to place linens and things. I think I am going to plance a small dresser inside the closet just for that purpose.

elisabeth (bovagoods) said...

ooooo...your blog looks interesting. i think i'll stay here awhile. ;) thanks so much for stopping by bovagoods and for leaving a comment!

Marie C. said...

What a great idea! If we had a guest room, that's probably what I'd do. We have an office, so things are stored in the tiny closet in there. We don't have a linen closet. We had a tiny coat closet, but we had to turn that into a storage pantry for food and pots & pans because our kitchen has no real cupboard space itself. I keep thinking "Oh, if only...!" :-)

Pandora's Cottage said...

Love your header - too many projects around here, too! It can be overwhelming.... Stopping by from New Friend Friday, and so glad I found you. Now following.
Susan

Mommyto3andahusky said...

Love your blog! I just became your newest follower! :)

http://purplebookbloggingmommy.blogspot.com/2011/03/staying-organized-cleaning-and.html

Carol said...

I have a linen closet. But I love the idea of using the guest room dresser! Happy Organizing!

Shannon said...

We don't have a linen closet - our sheets are in our closet and the towels are in cabinets in both bathrooms.

Thanks for visiting.

Donna said...

We have the same linen closet as you. Actually, our hall linen closet might be smaller than a phone book because I can't imagine being able to stand inside of it. Unfortunately everything is CRAMMED in there. I really do need to organize. Looking at your neat and tidy bureau drawers made me realize how much I need to do!! (Maybe blog less, organize more?) haha... Donna

Alexandra said...

I use the guest room dresser to store linens for our guest too. I love the blog header, it looks great.

Becky@Organizing Made Fun said...

We have no coat closet! Being So.Cal. it's probably not the end of the world, but I've had to add hooks in the kids' room and our entry to handle the excess coats. I love your linen drawers!

Becky B.
www.organizingmadefun.blogspot.com
Organizing Made Fun

Martha (MM) said...

What a great idea! :-)

Krysti said...

I also have no linen closet. I have all of my linens in a trunk under the bed. I never thought of putting them in their own dresser. Genius!!!! I am a new follower. Come and visit my blog if you have time.

http://blissfulmeandering.blogspot.com

Linda said...

We were just given a chest of drawers, and we have decided to move it into the guest bedroom for that very reason.

Holly said...

I am jealous of beautiful linen closets. In Coastal California square footage is a premium not spent on closets. I converted a teeny tiny one into a place with hand towels and wash cloths and some toiletries for the kids and I have a armoire converted into a linen closet int he master bathroom. So, this is good enough for me too.

Jamie said...

Thanks for the idea. We have a teeny tiny linen closet also. I'm your newest follower. I'm having a party over at http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/ I would love if you stopped by and linked up your project.

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Your blog looks great! Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

allysgrandma said...

I have a linen closet, but use YD's chest of drawers (she has her own family now) to store extra blankets and pillows.

Kirsty said...

Great idea! I've often thought linen cupboards could be put to a better use!

Christina @ The Tattered Tag said...

Clever idea & good use of dresser space! Now don't you feel better now that you have confessed?:) Thank you for sharing your "confession" by linking up to my blog bash K.I.S.S. @ The Tattered Tag. Please remember tomorrow is another fun blog bash, so drop by and link up more of your creative tips and/or confessions! :)

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