I finally finished organizing/cleaning out/sorting/throwing away all of the stuff that was in my parent’s linen closet!  Check out the before pictures here and my recommendations for containers here!

My Parent's Linen Closet

The first thing that we did we remove everything from the closet so we had a clean slate to work with.  I recommend doing this for any situation when you want to revamp a space.   It allows you to be able to see the space without any preconceived notions of where items should or shouldn’t be placed.  Once you remove everything from a space and truly assess what your needs are, you will be surprised how different a space can become!

Once everything was removed, I decided that we need to throw out towels that are hard, crunchy, old, not soft or just weren’t being used ever.  We either donated the towels that weren’t being used and threw out all the other towels.  Then we left the towels in a pile to come back to once we finished sorting through everything else.

As we began to sort through the piles of stuff, I noticed a big problem for my parents is that they need containers that they can see into or that have labels.  They were also using containers that were too big for their things so more junk kept ending up in containers that weren’t intended for those things.  For example, they have a large container for travel items such as shampoo.  My suggestion to them was to sort all of your items first and then find containers that fit the size of your item, not the other way around!  I suggested we find containers that fit the need of the items we have.

My Parent's Linen Closet

When we started going through the container, I found some small packets of Kleenex, non-travel-sized toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes.  Now they had an area that was already suppose to be for Kleenex and it looked like toothbrushes were together on another shelf in a small container.

Once all of the items were sorted, we started to put things away.  I decided that it would be more functional for my parents to put their sheets on the third shelf, their toiletries on the second shelf and the towels on the first shelf.  The toiletries are at my mom’s eye level, making it easy for her to find what she’s looking for!

My Parent's Linen Closet

 

My Parent's Linen Closet

 

My Parent's Linen Closet

 

My Parent's Linen Closet

 

My Parent's Linen Closet

Now, everything is put away and much more functional!

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