31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 9 (Linen Closet)

There is nothing worse than getting up in the middle of the night with a headache, heartburn or stuffy nose and not being able to find what you need without waking up and turning the light on.
Having an organized linen closet makes our life a little easier, especially since I mostly go in there to find something specific! I have to admit after reorganizing my linen closet, I smile every time I go inside to get something! 🙂
We only have one linen closet in the house so ours has to store as much as possible. We keep all of our sheets, towels, ice packs/heating pads, travel supplies, extra supplies, cleaning supplies for upstairs and medications/ointments in one place. 
The bins are from Target and the iron baskets are from Kohls. The top shelf has all of our sheets and blankets  There is a shelf of towels and wash cloths. P has his own shelf and drawers for extra hygiene items such as q tips, medication, shampoo, etc… One shelf is dedicated to cleaning supplies and extra items such as tissues, cotton balls, etc.. Since I am such a pack-rat, I also had to make a shelf with nothing but travel items and samples from hotels etc… It’s great to have a wide selection around for when company forgets something :). The bottom shelf is like the junk drawer of the closet. Drawer liners, heating pads, ice packs, extra show curtains, etc… can be found together in a basket (which makes anything look better). 
We needed to use the door space to hold all of our medications, ointments etc… One thing I learned while organizing this was that I NEED to pay more attention to expiration dates! I ended up throwing out about half of our stuff because it was well past the expiration. 
I divided up the shelves by sun care items & nail polish remover, band-aids & ointments, medications, oral care and cold remedies  It is amazing how much nicer it is to open the door and know exactly where to go.  
I have seen on Pinterest lately many uses for TP rolls. As I was cleaning everything out, I decided to try and use them to organize all of our ointments. I have full intentions of dressing them up a bit with scrapbook paper but P didn’t allow for much time to put this post together today 🙂 I am hoping this will allow us to find something quicker and prevent purchasing duplicates. 
That wraps up day #9 for me! Check back tomorrow where I will be showing you how I organize things in our bathrooms.