It’s finally starting to feel like Spring here in the Berkshires.   We had a long Winter, then we had a few days of Spring Summer (I’m talking 75 degrees) in February, and then we got hit, hard, again for our second winter.  Needless to say, the sounds of birds chirping, the scent of fresh air coming through my windows, and the longer hours of sunshine are exactly what I needed to feel motivated.  Every year, I try to pick a few cleaning or organization projects to tackle while I’m feeling fresh + rejuvenated.  This year, I decided to start by organizing our linen closet (which is mostly a catch-all closet).  Stay tuned for part 2 and part 3 of my Spring cleaning and organizing.  Here’s how I tackled the linen closet.

Organizing our Linen Closet

Here is the dreaded ‘before’ picture, that I am almost too embarrassed to show you. But hey, there’s no judgement here, right?

I’m sure (or at least I hope) you all have that one closet somewhere in your house where you have to slooooowly open the door so you can catch anything that might fall out when you do, then you have to shove whatever item you’re adding in to the closet, and hold it there while you close the door, quickly pulling your hand out and slamming the door shut at the same time.  I’m hoping you can relate.  Please tell me you can relate.

I was sick of doing that, so I optimistically headed out to Target and bought 20…mhmm, 20…shoebox size tupperware bins and a few larger bins, hoping this will solve all of my problems.

I emptied the entire closet, started making piles of like items, and then gave each category its own little home in a tupperware bin.

Complete with labels, I stacked them all back in the closet and instantly felt lighter.  Lighter in the sense that I got rid of old junk that i’ll never use, and lighter in that I won’t have to spend 5 minutes digging through the closet when I need to find that extra tube of toothpaste that I know is in there somehwere.  This IS the answer to my closet organizing nightmares.  I refolded the towels and sheets, although I will never be able to master how to fold a goddamn fitted sheet.  If you know how, share your secrets!  I did the best I could and stacked those on the top shelves and ta-da!

I spent $30.50 on tupperware bins, but it was money well spent. And believe it or not, I filled an entire black trash bag from this one closet.  Feels SO good.

Stay tuned for Part 2 | How to Organize an Itty-Bitty Bathroom