Bathroom Linen Closet Organization Ideas That Totally Work

8 perfect bathroom linen closet organization ideas for the best ways to sort sheets, keep cleaning supplies and toiletries handy, make laundry easier, and have guest amenities in easy reach.

bathroom linen closet organization ideas that work

Organizing is a form of therapy. I’m 100% convinced of that.

Because whenever I’m feeling a little stressed, I say a little prayer, put on some makeup, and clean or organize something. Works every time to give me a positive energy boost.

This week, I was feeling a little “blah”, and the bathroom linen closet needed an organization refresh anyway. In 2 hours, I had a freshly tidy closet in our kids’ bathroom and a big heaping dose of endorphins. Win/win!

Here’s what our linen closet looked like before I did a big overhaul on it 4 years ago.

messy linen closet before

We did get lucky with the linen closet shelving already installed by previous owners (you can see how to DIY this same linen closet shelving here), but it had sheets spilling out and towels haphazardly thrown in.

It caused our family a ton of stress, and I couldn’t deal anymore.

If your bathroom linen closet needs some love too, here are some tips to maximize it with tons of storage and function.

8 Bathroom Linen Closet Ideas That Pack in Storage and Function

organized bathroom linen closet with bins, baskets, and towels

1. Use Color Coded Rolling Hampers

Color coding hampers can encourage your family members to sort their light and dark laundry without them even thinking about it.

We have tile and hardwood floors, so I love that I can easily roll this hamper out of the linen closet when I need to. The top has a drawstring so you can tote the entire collapsible bin to the laundry room.

back of white towels on bathroom linen closet shelving with cleaning caddy and laundry. hampers

2. Utilize a Large Basket for Duvets and Quilts

We like to keep at least one extra duvet and quilt per bed size on hand for guests or rotating for laundry, so we store them in this large handled basket.

Especially with having a little one who sometimes gets sick in the middle of the night, we always need clean quilts in easy reach at a moment’s notice.

3. Use Clear Bins for Toiletries

Keep clear stackable bins at eye-level to make it easy to grab extra body wash when you run out or want a quick scoop of epsom salt for a bath. I like to keep mini bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash to stock our guest bedroom or for packing in suitcases for travel.

linen closet storage bins labeled for toiletries

What to Store in Clear Bins in a Bathroom Linen Closet

  • Extra bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
  • Feminine products
  • Nail polish
  • Cotton balls and Q-tips
  • Essential oils
  • Extra toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss
  • Hair ties and clips
  • Medicines and first aid essentials
clear storage bins with labels for bathroom supplies

4. Label Everything

By labeling your bins and baskets, your family members will know exactly where everything is supposed to go.

I’ve made the mistake of just assuming everyone would know where to put things in our bathroom linen closet by glancing at what is already IN the bins. Nope. Doesn’t work. Make it an organizing-for-dummies situation to help you family maintain what you’ve already tidied.

I love these pretty Home Edit label stickers with pretty script (I wish my handwriting was that amazing). For other things that don’t work with the pre-written labels, this label maker does the trick.

clear organizer drawers for essential oils and nail polish

5. Stick to White Sheets and Towels

This is just a personal preference of mine, but I really only buy white linens because I can bleach them and know they are super duper clean, and they don’t fade like colored linens do. Something about white towels just makes your bathroom feel like a spa.

Fold towels into thirds to make for neat stacking. These are some of my favorite plush towels and soft sheets.

Give linens a good spritz with my favorite DIY linen spray to make them smell extra fresh.

bathroom linen closet organized with bins, baskets, and storage drawers

6. Use a Storage Caddy for Cleaning Supplies

I prefer putting cleaning supplies in a storage caddy so that I can tote around all of the sprays and cleaning solutions I need to our three bathrooms on cleaning day without juggling bottles and dropping them all over the place.

Place it right back on the shelf when you’re done. And in case a kiddo has a spill, he or she will know where to find the clean up stuff.

7. Use Large Bins for Utility Items

Keep large bins in easy reach to store toilet paper, washcloths and hand towels, and tools like hairdryers, curling irons, diffusers or humidifiers.

I make sure to keep toilet paper in plain site for guests especially. (Because who wants to ask that question when you realize you’ve run out of TP mid-business at someone’s house?)

bins storing towels, toilet paper, and toiletries

8. Separate Sheet Sizes in Lidded Baskets

If you have more than one size bed in your house, keep the sheet sizes separated when storing them for the best linen closet organization.

I absolutely can’t stand when our sets of sheets sizes get jumbled up, and then I have to go digging through a giant pile to search for king and queen sizes. Lidded baskets keep them sorted and make them stay that way.

I like using these leather lanyards as basket labels. Toss in a bamboo charcoal bag in each basket to keep musty smells away from your sheets.

pair of baskets storing sheets on linen closet shelving
sheet set storage in basket with lanyard label

That’s it! Even if you have a small spaces like a bathroom linen closet, you can still pack in tons of storage and function with the right organization plan.

I’m SO glad I don’t have to go digging through this closet anymore to try to find the right sheet size or scoop up dirty clothes tossed all in the floor.

The more I organize the more I’m convinced it’s one of the best stress relievers ever and repays your efforts every single day.

pair of baskets storing bedsheets and clear bins storing soaps and toiletries

Bathroom Linen Closet Organization Sources

linen closet in a bathroom with black door, white tile, and gray walls
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  1. I recently just found you & love all your posts. I was hoping you could give us ideas on decorating a kitchen island, entry table, fireplace mantle and book cases.

  2. I saw that rolling hamper and the storage caddy when I was at World Market last week! I was thisclose to buying them, but decided to be good. You may have convinced me to go back though!

    1. I love it! I waited for our hamper to go on sale though, and I had a 10% off coupon I used on top of that. The baskets and caddy are one sale right now though, if that helps.

      1. 🙂 Hi, Elaine!! The colors are :
        Wall Paint – Magnolia Home Paint Weekend Eggshell
        Trim Paint- Benjamin Moore Simply White Semigloss
        Door Paint- Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron Semigloss