Friday, May 25, 2012

Linen Closet Madness

So lately my GREATEST obsession is my soon to be linen closet! I have never lived in a house with a linen closet and thanks to my wonderful hubby....I'M GETTING ONE IN THE NEW BEDROOM!!!

This is a crazy little dream of mine. Even when I was a little girl (ok maybe at least a teenager) I loved linen closets! I remember Gramma's always smelling so so so good! I love it when you have clean linen in a closet, a box or trunk and then when you open it...ah clean laundry smell. Well actually in this house my linens are a little like this....a sheet here in this drawer, a pillowcase in the buffet in the dining room....etc. It's crazy!

The linen closet of my dreams is like this....Baskets to hold the sheets. Each sheet set tied with a ribbon and a size label. Here are some pictures of my inspiration....(Can't stand Martha Stewart in action...but adore her organizational mind and crafty ways!)

I'm really quite glad that I'm not the only nut job that can't wait to have my linens in order! I have a plethora of towels so I'm sure that some of those will find a home in the closet as well. I should have measured to see if my upholstery cleaner would fit in there...but then again...we're going for pretty here!!

So a friend of mine sells Thirty One and I'm IN LOVE with their goods! I can't even say that I have a favorite because it's all so good! I have this huge bag (false, I have TWO of these)....

...and I use it for EVERYTHING! Load it with the grocery bags & take less trips from the car to the house, going to the lake/river/camping, quilting outings, laundry basket, traveling toy box, the list literally goes on and on and on!

Anyways as I was doing laundry and folding sheets and putting them in my large utility tote, I asked my Darling Husband if he thought that 2 of these bags would fit sideways in the new linen closet....he said, "Uh babe, Four of those will fit in long ways."
At that point I almost hyperventilated!
(He responded, "It scares me a little at the way that your whole face just lit up!")

(You can find these totes and SO many more at Amanda's website HERE!!! Double bonus for the company is that they are a Christian company based on Proverbs that!)  

So the storage basket issue is solved! Since the closet is so high, it won't be overly convenient to get in and out of so having the ability to just grab a bag and then slide it back up there will be nice. I'm still trying to decide if I should get them monogrammed on the ends so they are labeled....hmmm....thoughts anyone?

Ready to see the 'plans'?...they're pretty rough since I made them in Microsoft Word...but you'll get the point!

Isn't it great!? So it's going to be above our regular closet since in an old house you just have to take what you can get. We raised our ceiling about 13 inches or so i think which gives us 28 inches about the closet. (i think, don't quote me!)....
(stay tuned I just found and AMAZING idea!!!! Another day; another remodel!)
Above the four bag shelf will be another shelf....what to put up there? Just blankets? Misc Storage? Hmm not sure.....

Anyways...Wednesday the ma-in-law had a meeting in town, so the sis in law and I hit Menard's for the closet supplies. (Is it necessary to point out that we were able to do all of this without the assistance of a worker bee and in only 50 minutes? I think yes!)

 So technically, the following pictures are the 'BEFORE' photos of the closet....

(She was so cute holding on to it! Look at her white knuckles! We had to borrow Cowboy Paxton's rope to tie the load together so it wouldn't shift on them...(Didn't get his picture! :( oops!) Once I got out the camera she got all cheesy but before she was serious as can she was thinking, 'Good thing one of us is sane!')

This was before the Wal-Mart leg of the journey! By the time we headed home, this what the load included: 8- 2x4 precut studs, 8-1x4x10s, 6- 1x6x10s, 1-1x8x10, 4 drywall corners (3- 6' 9" & 1- 9 ft), 4 sticks quarter round (8 ft), 2 children, 3 adults, 5 tiki torch sticks, big bundle paper towels, 8 Wal-Mart sacks, three birthday presents, toys/games for the kids & our lunch! There was no changing the radio or the temperature...well I could turn it up or down....It was an adventure! :)

I totally can hardly wait for Merle to be able to put this bad boy in! I'm giddy about it!

I'm listing a few of my newly found favorite organization blogs....

I hope you all enjoy my bestie just can't believe I could obsess so much over a linen closet...she doesn't get it...her house is modern and has lots of storage, like her laundry that has it's own room...isn't that right Jenn!?

And now for that AMAZING storage idea.....

Find that link HERE. There's some neat 'history' behind the idea.

Speaking of stairs, look where I found my son sleeping yesterday morning!!!

Ok I believe that's all for today! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by the Pinwheel Pioneer!


  1. That's awesome! I would love a linen closet like that someday! Thanks for the shout out!:)

  2. Thanks for helping me organize and declutter and beautify my home with great products!!