Today I am kicking off the first major project of 2021 with our linen closet organization. If you follow me on Instagram you already know we started the new year by tackling our upstairs hallway which is SO close to being complete. Spoiler, I took a que from the downstairs hallway and it’s going to be so good! Coming soon 😉 Along side this renovation, I addressed our long overdue linen closet organization with the IKEA Trofast. If you remember my coat closet makeover, this will feel familiar. Are you ready to check it out?
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Luckily and unfortunately we have a sizable linen closet in our upstairs hallway. It’s great having extra storage, but it also allows me to accumulate way too many things. To say this closet was long overdue for some serious organization and a good purge is an understatement. This is what it looked like before I got started. Mind you, this had previously gone through several failed attempts of organization.
Linen Closet Organization with IKEA Trofast
Let me first explain what was not working in here. The closet is 59’w x 18’d which is nice for extra storage but difficult to keep the long shelves organized without some sort of divider. Secondly, the spacing between the shelves required a lot of stacking which means I was constantly playing the shuffle game to put things away and take items out. This presents a big obstacle with organization. If organization is difficult to maintain, you simply will not do it. This was definitely the case with our linen closet. Also, the swing of the door blocked the entrance to the guest room, which never made sense to me.
The first thing I did was take everything out. Literally everything, including the carpet. Because this linen closet is part of a bigger project, it was not only getting an organization makeover but an aesthetic makeover as well. I also decided the placement of the shelves needed an adjustment. They were just too far apart, so those came out too.
The linen closet got a fresh coat of paint with some extra Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray from the fireplace paint debacle and the shelves got a fresh coat of white paint as well. Once everything was painted, the linen closet shelves went back in, but I spaced them a little differently this time and only used three.
Then there was a trip to IKEA. If you are new around here, I kind of have a thing for IKEA. They have so many affordable items that can be transformed and repurposed to fit your needs. And wouldn’t you know it, IKEA came to the rescue once again for the linen closet organization with the Trofast.
The bottom of the linen closet was a constant problem before. Items were haphazardly stacked all over the floor and I always had to dig things out to find them. It was definitely lacking organization. But the Trofast units allowed me to add drawers and keep like items separated.
I also snagged some new bins for our shelves from IKEA. These Drona bins are larger than the bins I was previously using and allowed ample storage for things like sheets and blankets. I added these clip on label holders to make things easier to find. You can easily swap out the labels or clip them onto something else.
The labels make everything super easy to find and ensure everything is put back in its place.
The linen closet also got some new trim and a new door with a proper swing! After nine years with our old 1970s doors, it was time for an upgrade. I painted the new doors Sherwin Williams Iron Ore which we also used in the family room and on our exterior.
The linen closet organization turned out even better than I imagined. It feels so fresh and clean and maybe even Barry will be able to remember where things go with all the labels now 🙂
The rest of the hallway is SO close to being finished but we still have some work to do. Stay tuned to see how the rest of the renovation goes, or follow along in my Instagram stories!
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