I did open the door the the linen closet the other day and I was struck by how messy it was. Here, take a look:
The shelf support for the bottom shelf has been missing since we bought the house, so with one less shelf I just stuffed the extra towels in haphazardly. Organizing articles say that rolling towels is a space saving, attractive solution for linen storage, but obviously that's not the case here...
My husband nailed a leftover piece of wood to the wall as a new shelf support (I would have done it myself, but for some reason he gets nervous when I have a hammer... no idea why...) and I put the bottom shelf back on.
That gave me the chance to move the Clorox wipes and extra boxes of tissues to the newly replaced shelf. I leaned the mini ironing board behind everything on the shelf because I rarely (never) iron anything. I abandoned the idea of rolling towels and folded them all instead on the next shelf up. Then extra hand towels went in the lined basket I found around the house. Folded sheets went next to the basket, kept from toppling over with shelf dividers I had left-over from our closet. The top shelf has extra comforters, old purple bathroom rugs from our apartment (that I really should just donate), and a plastic bin with needle-point and cross stitch I inherited from my grandma that I don't have displayed.
It looks much nicer. It might look neater with some of the stuff corralled in pretty bins or baskets, but I kind of like to be able to see everything and just grab it off the shelf if I need it.
All of these little organizing projects are really just a way to psych myself up for the big, scary