Stylish & Organized Linen Closet–Before & After

stylishly organized linen closet

Over a long holiday weekend this spring, one of our big organizing projects was to purge and stylishly rearrange the linen closet. I typically do this kind of work for clients, but this time it was my turn!

Although the closet didn’t look up to my standards, it functioned fine. I think this is one reason why it took us so long to get to it.

linen closet before

As I mentioned, our “before” closet was functional, but needed a coordinated look. So out came all the items. The shelf liners were removed and the shelves were painted a crisp white. To add a punch of color we painted the back wall a fresh green  that coordinated with a trio of canvas striped bins we already had.

organized linen closet stylish simple

While my husband was painting, I organized all the supplies into groups and then housed the items staying in the closet into bins or baskets. Each basket received a labeled tag and were arranged on the shelves based on how frequently they were used. We had most of the supplies for this project. I only needed to purchase the top three bins and for those I selected a solid beige canvas so that it didn’t compete with the stripe, but was a different texture than the baskets.

We are much happier with the way the our linen closet looks today!

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24 Responses to Stylish & Organized Linen Closet–Before & After

  1. Calypso In The Country February 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    Beautiful! That closet just makes me happy!

  2. Katherines Corner January 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    It looks terrific! Its such a great feeling to get it all organized Big hugs!! P.S. have you entered my pink poodle giveaway yet?

  3. Kelly@imperfect homemaking October 26, 2011 at 4:22 am #

    So lovely! Great Job! I've featured this in a post about lovely linen closets,as part of my series “31 Days to an Organized Home”.

  4. kyna July 29, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    our linen closets look exactly the same size…I will be tackling this project this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration. I just had to pin the after on pinterest! with credit to you of course. 🙂

  5. madilla July 19, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    Inspirational! And you are right, it's more fun to organize for others!

  6. Married...with a Pup June 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm #

    Organization(ing) makes me happy! I love this!

  7. Jayde Lewis June 28, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    Gorgeous! LOVE love love it!

  8. Erica June 24, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    Very functional and beautiful closet!

  9. hollyG June 24, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    I need to put a project like this on my to-do list – I bet it's a great feeling once you're all finished.

  10. Marianne {Style For Living} June 24, 2011 at 12:26 am #

    This looks amazing! I think you've just inspired me to organize mine this weekend. Mine looks a lot worse than your before. I'd better get moving!

  11. Ideezine June 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm #


    Just did the same thing. Our closet had one shelf and we added three to be more organized with often used items. It feels wonderful everytime we go to that closet for items.

    Your closet re-style is great and love the colored back wall. That's what seeing things differently is all about. Especially in you own home.


  12. pve design June 23, 2011 at 12:34 pm #

    Love it! You are amazingly talented and such a natural simplifying!

  13. Meghan June 23, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    Wow wow wow! It looks fantastic (it would probably last 2 minutes in my house!) I am planning on having a clear out this weekend so this is the perfect inspiration for me!

  14. Oksana June 23, 2011 at 6:34 am #

    Your closet looks AMAZING! Functional and beautiful! These two adjectives put together motivate me to maintain the order I create.

    O @

  15. Suzy @ Joy Is At Home June 23, 2011 at 3:37 am #

    Can you come do mine!? It looks AWESOME!!

  16. Lily June 23, 2011 at 3:34 am #

    It looks so great !! Love the baskets.


  17. Maria Killam June 23, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    Looks so great, I would love to have that much space for my linens! Beautiful Kirsten!

  18. Tobi Fairley June 23, 2011 at 3:28 am #

    Looks Fabulous! Nothing better than purging to cleanse your soul. Great work.

  19. Allison June 23, 2011 at 3:09 am #

    Looks organized and stylish! Nice job! Where did you find your canvas bins?

  20. Becky B. June 23, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Very nice! So pretty too! Super, duper organized!

    Becky B.
    Organizing Made Fun

  21. CDS June 23, 2011 at 1:20 am #

    That is a pretty and organized closet!

  22. Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} June 22, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Great job! Organizing is not a glam job, but the results are definitely worth it!

  23. Katie June 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    Oh, this is a sight for sore eyes! I have a couple closets that are just dying for some tlc. Until then, I'll tide myself over by coming back here and looking at these pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Melissa {TheScarletCardinal} June 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Cristin, this is my dream closet! It looks fabulous and fresh.