Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Linen Closet Makeover

Scripture to Live By:
Titus 2:3 -5
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
She watches- over the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.  Proverbs 31:27

Organizational Post:

Our home is like a vacation spot for family and friends.  It is located on the banks of a river and the children as well as the adults enjoy the river, swimming, boating, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.  We also have a hot tub, so when our family and friends get together for a week at our house, we use lots of towels, as you can imagine. 
  
My linen closet held not only towels but some blankets as well as toiletries.  It was over stuffed and disorganized.  (A real mess.)  I knew I needed to do something to help this situation. 
  
I asked my husband to build additional shelves.  In order for him to do so,  I had to remove everything out of the closet. 
My husband used lumber and pieces of shelving board that we had on hand. I always enjoy doing projects that cost very little by using things we have on hand. 

These board needed to be painted to match the inside of the closet. 






The boards in the picture are there to be able to level the shelf placement. 



These board are white laminated.  They were left over from another project.  




We measured and cut them to size, and put in the closet as seen below.





Below is a picture of the completed closet, before the organization began.


 My method of organizing has always been to remove every thing out of what I am going to organize,  then I sort matching items together.  For example:  I fold all towels in the same way, sort them by color and size of towels.    After sorting, and organizing I began to arrange on shelves.  I put the darker colors of towels  on the lower shelves and the lighter colors of towels on the shelves above.  
The top shelf of linens consists of hand towels and wash clothes. 




As you can see, if you look closely, there is a row of towels behind the front rows of towels.  The added shelves are sufficient for the large amount of towels.  I am so thankful for them.
 For small things, I like to use plastic shoe boxes to organize.  For this linen  closet I purchased 12 plastic shoe boxes with lids. ( $1 each) I sorted the items by kinds and set them aside to store in the boxes. 
Better Homes and Gardens has printable labels, so I took advantage of them, to label each container.
   If you would like to view the site click here. The labels I used had eight labels to each page.





I used my Xyron machine to laminate the labels.








I then cut them into individual labels.






 I used a paper punch to put two holes in each label to run a ribbon through,
so I could attach the label to the container.



After punching the holes in the labels, I  measured the holes on the labels and marked them on the plastic shoe boxes and used a drill to put the holes in the boxes as seen below.








I measured the ribbon (approximately 8 inches) and put it through the holes from the inside outward.  The ribbon is used to tie the labels on.  If you decide to use the box for something else, just take the label off and replace it with another label.



Now you are ready to fill your containers and store them in your closet. 





My organized linen closet. 

I am glad to get this closet organized.  It looks so much nicer and I am able to find things immediately with the labeled shoe boxes. I am working on being a better keeper of our home and getting things organized is a part of that challenge.

Blessings,



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31 comments:

  1. I have to organize my closet! great tip on how to do it :)

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    Every week I will choose few tutorials and they will be featured on my blog and my facebook, twitter and pinterest page

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    1. Thank you so much for viewing my blog post and for your comment it is so appreciated. I did go and link up to your party and became a follower. Thank you for your invitation. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  2. Your closet is a model of neatness and organization now. What a wonderful job you did!

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  3. Thank you so much for your comment. Thank you for viewing my blog post. Blessings to you. Jo-Ann

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  4. That's a beautiful Scripture! Not to mention a beautiful closet! You lucky girl! :-)

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  5. Thank you so much for your comment, I so appreciate your taking the time to encourage. I truly am blessed. Wishing you a great day, Jo-Ann

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  6. laminators are the best! I love making labels for everything too. What a great idea. I came over from Michelle's Tasty Creations. I'm excited to see more of your projects!

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    1. Thank you for viewing my blog post. Thank you for your encouragement.Hope you will come visit again. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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  8. Wow, you have a lot of towels! Way to go at finding a way to get them all organized! I never thought of drilling holes into the plastic bins in order to tie a label on. I love that idea! Thanks for the tips!

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    1. Thank you for viewing my blog post. Thank you for your encouraging comment. I like the idea of the tied on labels so if you want to change it, it can be done quickly. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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  9. I love what you did. It looks great. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/09/simple-anti-aging-moisturizer-and.html
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above
    www.adornedfromabove.com

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    1. Thank you for viewing my blog post. Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you for inviting me to your link party, I look forward to it. Thank you so much for becoming a follower. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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  10. Wow, it looks great! Mine is a mess—thanks for the inspiration.

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    1. Thank you for your comment and encouragement. I love to be inspired to do things. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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  11. Thank you for viewing my blog post. Thank you for your encouragement. glad you have been inspired. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  12. Very nice. I also love that you have enough men's cologne that it requires its own tub! :)

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  13. Thank you so much for viewing my post. I love to smell cologne on my hubby. Thank you for your comment. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  14. This is great! I have been putting off organizing my closet for so long and just recently set a goal of before the big holiday season! Perfect timing for me to see this post! Thanks for sharing.

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  15. Aubrey, thank you for viewing my post. I am glad you can be challenged by it to do a project you have been wanting to do. Blessings to you today. Jo-Ann

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  16. What a great redo! Thanks so very much for sharing at our Pin'inspiration Party last week-you are a feature this week C:

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  18. Thank you for your comment, and for featuring me. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  19. What a wonderful job organizing your closet. I loved the way you choose to store items you stocked up on to make them easier to find. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Thank you so much for your comment and what an encouragement. Glad you like it. Blessings to you, Jo-Ann

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  21. Jo-Ann,
    This turned out beautiful! I love the box tags on the smaller items. I sure need to re-organize my closet now. Thanks for sharing :)
    Michelle

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  22. Michelle, thank you so much for your encouraging comment. I am so glad to have that one organized. Many more to go.Thank you again for having your Tasty Creations Link party. Blessings, Jo-Ann

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  23. A really helpful article - Thank you very much I wish you don't mind me writing about this post on my website I will also link back to this post Thanks

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  24. Thanks for the wonderful share. I wanted a closet organizer or something like that which could help me in organizing my closets. This blog really helped me. Wonderful job you did .

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