Trouble Spots: Hallway Linen Closet

As I mentioned last week, we have a small linen closet in our bathroom, and we also have a small hallway linen closet which is adjacent to the two upstairs bedrooms.  It is the ideal place for our dirty clothes hamper and medicines.  It is also the ideal spot for a number of items that don’t fit in the closet, so maximizing this space has more to do with being judicious about what goes in there than it does actually organizing the few things that do fit.

Hallway Linen Closet Organization: Too many rags and meds that didn't fit in the drawers - maximizingdaysblog.com

Linen Closet Organization - maximizingdaysblog.com

We keep our extra bath towels in this closet, and I would like to keep our beach towels in there as well – at least in the summer when we use them often – and this set up didn’t allow that space.  The shelving is fixed, so the space between them is something that I cannot adjust and have to work with what I have.  We store our medicines in the plastic 3-drawer organizer, but we were maxing it out for space, and it wasn’t ideal for larger bottles or liquids that had to lay on their sides and sometimes leaked.

Hallway Linen Closet Organization: Too many rags and meds that didn't fit in the drawers - maximizingdaysblog.com

My goals were simple:

  1. Tidy it up
  2. Store liquid and large meds upright in a different container
  3. Find a spot for beach towels

I started with goal #1 by facing the reality that I don’t need over 20 rags.  On my children’s messiest of days, I use 3.  Once a year, when I deep-clean, I may use 4.  So, change number one was relegating 3/4 of the rags from this closet to the garage.  Once I did that, I was able to get extra bath towels and the beach towels all on one shelf.

I have fallen in love with these y-weave baskets at Target.  They come in varying sizes and depths, and are CHEAP, so this tall, narrow basket was my go-to container for the medicines that I wanted to store upright.

Linen Closet Organization - maximizingdaysblog.com

Linen Closet Organization - maximizingdaysblog.com

Linen Closet Organization - maximizingdaysblog.com

Linen Closet Organization - maximizingdaysblog.com

The closet is now much more functional for us and the items we use most are the most easily accessed.

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