I was hoping to have a finished master bedroom post for you today BUT I have been so busy working that I haven’t had a chance to finish up the polyurethane on my hope chest that I am trying to get finished for that room. And also we have a new duvet cover for winter but no duvet. Hmm….
Anyway, I decided instead I would start to highlight some areas around the house I have organized that are still working for me really well. Sometimes you will find that you organize an area and it doesn’t work. It could be because your needs change (as kids grow for example) but even if it isn’t that, you should also try to organize in a way that stops you from having to organize again.
Take our main linen closet for instance (Yes, you get to see inside my gasp! closets). It has stayed like this since we moved in and I haven’t had to change one thing in the way it functions. It is just outside our master bedroom at the top of the stairs, so I was particular about what I wanted stored here.
Now granted, this isn’t super pretty. It is not Martha Stewart book worthy. But it works. And to me, having something that functions well and that saves me time over and over again, it worth more than just pretty.
* excuse the poorly lit pictures, this is a hard closet to photograph and not get any shadows or extra yellow-ness from the walls
LEFT SIDE: ironing board & vacuum – When we lived out west, we had this awesome contractor who built our first house and really helped us along make some GREAT decisions. One of them was having an area for the vacuum in the linen closet. We specified that we wanted the same in this house as we were building. Because we weren’t around for all of the build, this side is a little narrower than I would like, but hey, it works!
I hung my ironing board on two LARGE hooks I found at the hardware store. You can’t see it in the above picture because it is hung on the left wall tucked next to the vacuum. (note: if you are wondering where the iron is, it actually gets stored downstairs in the dining room with my sewing supplies. I have a small ironing board in my laundry room that I can grab for sewing. Cause honestly, I iron WAY MORE often for sewing than for any other reason.)
TOP SHELF: extra sheets for the master bedroom – On the top shelf we have two baskets filled with our second set of cotton sheets and our two sets of flannel. We only have two sets of each. That’s all we need so that during either the cold or the hot season, I have one set always ready for when I want to change the sheets. Anymore than that, to me, is unnecessary.
I love baskets for storage because even if you aren’t the neatest folder (which I am NOT!) you can make things look neat and tidy and not have linen avalanches. I used to use this method for storing my bedding inside a single pillowcase (not as neatly MIND you), which works great for small closets, but now just love to roll the sheets and tuck them into a large basket. It also stops me from buying anything new until I get rid of an old set, as I have no room.
You will also note that no other sheet sets are stored in this closet. The kids’ sets are stored in their closets, and the guest room’s extra set is stored, in the guest room closet. Makes changing the bed so much easier when the bedding is near by.
SECOND SHELF: laundry accessories, first aid & heating pad – On this shelf I have these dollar store bins that are labelled simply from my computer. I like white, simple labels the best because my tastes are always changing and I don’t want to tire of them. I laminate them for durability.
The first bin holds the laundry accessories. These are things like a lint brush, steamer and defuzzer. Rarely used but also on hand for those more formal occasions.
The next bin has first aid items that aren’t medicine, which we store in the kitchen. For instance, a knee brace, tensor bandage, bandaids, aloe cream, vicks vapor rub (nice to have that close to the bedrooms for those winter late night stuffed up kidlet situations), hydrogen peroxide and a hot water bottle.
Next to the two baskets I have my heating pad. It rolls up nicely with the cord so doesn’t require a basket or anything.
THIRD SHELF: bath & body products, lightbulbs & vacuum accessories – Again on the third shelf I used the same extremely affordable dollar store bins but slightly taller and narrower. The contents are pretty straightforward. The bath & body stores all our extra hand soap we buy from Bath & Body when it is on sale (other soaps make my hands breakout). And I guess you can guess what is in the lightbulb bin. ;)
The vacuum accessories bin hold just that, all the accessories that came with our vacuum. It used to store vacuum bags as well until we switched to a bagless.
FOURTH SHELF: extra quilts & a twin duvet – Again, I love using baskets to help keep order in things. On this shelf is does that for my son’s duvet. Last time we updated his room, he chose a comforter he wanted and we stored the duvet for the next time he may want a change. Because the duvet is light it is better stored in a basket that will stop it from falling out. The quilts on the left are heavy and stay in these stacks easily for REALLY cold nights when we need them. Plus I LOVE a look of stacked quilts. Most of these were made by either my husband’s or my grandmother.
FIFTH SHELF: extra quilts & a twin comforter – This shelf is a repeat of the above shelf (repeats are visually pleasing BTW) except it is my daughter’s extra comforter that is in the basket (she is currently using the duvet). Just like the sheets above, there is only room for ONE backup comforter/duvet which stops us from purchasing out of hand and keeps us held to the one in, one out rule of thumb.
FLOOR: extra master bedding & pillows – The basket on the floor holds our out of season bedding. Currently it appears empty because it only holds our duvet cover (which I am not showing you until the master bedroom update) but normally which ever bedding isn’t on the bed would be stored here. Next to the basket is enough room for a couple pillows that sometimes get switched up with the seasons as well.
So there you have my linen closet. Nothing super pretty. Actually pretty simply organized using a lot of items I had around my house (baskets) and a few I picked up from the dollar store. But it is clean, organized, the kids and husband can put stuff away. And it has looked like this for almost 3 years. So I would say that is a success.
What are your best organizing tips?