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  1. April 10, 2013
    Lauren

    I am featuring your linen closet on my blog today. Thanks for linking it up. The next party starts later today, I hope that you will link up again. http://www.ifitsnotbaroquedesignblog.blogspot.com/

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  2. April 10, 2013
    hlwiniarski2012

    Great job! I so need to organize my very small linen closet. I don’t know how to fold fitted sheets either. I do by best then stuff them inside their matching pillow case and store them that way. I read that somewhere…………..probably Martha Stewart. I’m visiting from Little Mom on the Prairie and am now following you. http://www.laurieslittlebitsofcreativity.com/

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  3. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Thank you for popping over, Laurie! I visited your blog and am now following you as well!

    I will have to try this sheet-in-a-pillowcase trick. It seems like it’s the way to go for the “faux folded look”.

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  4. April 10, 2013
    Jacqueline LeBlanc

    WOW I am jealous!

    I would love it if you shared this in my Furniture/House Hacks Linky Party:

    http://littlemomprairie.blogspot.com/p/blog-round-up.html

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  5. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    I will, Jacqueline! Thank you!

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  6. April 10, 2013
    Amy Sage DeMik

    I love that you shared this. My linen closet and laundry is always out of control. I have totally had moments where I have to say to myself, “you’re the mom. no one else is going to take care of this problem so you’d better fold and get this done”! I love that you showed the types of wrack/shelves that you used! Thanks for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Features will be posted Sunday!!!

    Amy @ http://www.commona-myhouse.blogspot.com

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  7. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Oh, my laundry room is still quite the sight. It will be a project (or maybe multiple projects) for another blog post. Thank you for hosting the party: I’m very glad to be joining the gaggle of wonderful ladies who put it on. Have a great weekend!

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  8. April 10, 2013
    NIkolina

    It looks great

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  9. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Thank you, Nikolina!

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  10. April 10, 2013
    amy mayen

    Wow, great post! You are funny too..I read every word & I have a habit of skimming! Dude, totally not that bad before though…or maybe I’m just trying to make myself feel better. Because my shelves look like dirty laundry too!

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  11. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Thank you, Amy! I’m glad that you enjoyed it. I like to write the way I talk… which is full of sarcasm and “What the…?”s

    I’m glad you don’t think it’s that bad… I was pretty embarrassed. But it’s good to know that I’m not the only one!

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  12. April 10, 2013
    Warratah

    I love it! I have threatened to label my linen cupboard for years. I am adding this to my list of things to do this month to organise my house. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Do it! Get out those labels! I swear once you give things a home – they stay there. So far, my closet still looks like the picture (the little nooks for everything is a big part of that).

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  14. April 10, 2013
    Ashlee Cain

    It’s not just almost pretty, it IS pretty. What a transformation, amazing job! Dropping by from twentysomethingbows.blogspot.com. I
    did the Linens and the Loo Challenge too and would be so happy if you
    could stop by and follow my blog πŸ™‚ I added you on Google Friend Connect.

    Happy day!

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  15. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Hi Ashlee! I will definitely head over to your internet space! Thanks for following me!

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  16. April 10, 2013
    Frances Kendrick

    It looks great!! You have inspired me!! My closet is looking pretty rough right now too!

    Stopping by from Give me the Goods!
    Frances
    Notions from Nonny

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  17. April 10, 2013
    Thrive 360 Living

    Can you please, pretty please come to my house and organize all of my closets. Unfortunately I seem to have neglected anything with a drawer or door. Your closet turned out perfect! Maybe you should do an organizing link party each month. I’m feeling inspired already.

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  18. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Oh, I’m definitely inspired by other peoples’ organized spaces. Honestly, I have quite a few other areas in the house that are relying on their doors to keep them hidden. I’m hoping that I stay motivated to keep on keepin’ on. Though it is nice to stare at this closet for a while longer yet. πŸ™‚

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  19. April 10, 2013
    Pam

    You did a great job of organizing. And folding. I can never figure out how to fold a sheet correctly, so they tend to just be balls in my closet.

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  20. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    That’s how I fold fitted sheets! It’s like a giant cinnamon bun of sheet!

    I don’t think I’ll ever learn how to properly fold one of those monsters!

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  21. April 10, 2013
    Nikki Stevens

    Great job! You are a true shelving genius πŸ™‚ I like the idea of using little baskets to hold washcloths. Mine always get buried in the closet of unorganized chaos.
    Nikki
    rushedmommy.com

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  22. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    A shelving genius? Well, I don’t know if that’s true, but I’ll take it. So far, I’m loving the washcloths in bins – they’re really so messy when left to their own devices.

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  23. April 10, 2013
    SiloHillFarm

    Oh my goodness! I am loving this makeover and you have no idea how bad my linen closet needs some help! You crack me up….sharing the shame!! Have you seen my laundry room post??!! Shared my own shame there! I posted this on my facebook page today (the after pic!) and thanks for the laugh and the inspiration! Bet that aqua blue color is a lovely thing to see opening the door!

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  24. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    I’m glad that you love it! The aqua blue is courtesy of my good friend, The Dollar Tree! Can you believe it? I love seasonal stuff!
    I am all for “Sharing the Shame”. I am definitely going to find your laundry room post, because my own laundry room is chaos defined. It’s very important that my laundry room door is always closed. Self-esteem preservation. πŸ˜‰

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  25. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Hi Frances! Thanks for stopping in! I’m loving that this comment thread is turning into a Linen Closet Confessional. I really felt heaps of shame as I took my “Before” photos!

    Let me know if you give it a whirl!

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  26. April 10, 2013
    Kathy Gossen

    Amazing redo! Love the cute baskets and labels. I’d love to have you link this to Titus 2 Tuesday this week on Cornerstone Confessions.. I hope to see you there.

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  27. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Thank you, Kathy! I will head over and check it out!

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  28. April 10, 2013
    Mekenzie Burton Crowder

    Your closet looks amazing. Want to come do mine? Mine is AWFUL!

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  29. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Worse than mine? Impossible.

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  30. April 10, 2013
    Melissa Whitcher

    I love this. Great idea to use the extra shelf pieces as dividers. That’s what I need to do in my personal closet. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Once I realized that the extra shelving could be repurposed, I was all over it like a dirty shirt! Even when I checked out the costs of buying a length of wire shelf from the home improvement store, it was still significant savings over the premade dividers. Let me know if you do give it a try!

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  32. April 10, 2013
    Manuela Williams

    It looks great-pretty and organized!

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  33. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Thank you, Manuela! Glad you could stop by!

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  34. April 10, 2013
    Bethany Kline

    that’s awesome, what an improvement! I def need to do this with our linen closet (aka the shelves above my washer and dryer, lol!

    <3 Bethany @ thesepiapuppy.blogspot.com

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  35. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    I would love to have my linen storage in the laundry room! It would be so efficient! My laundry room has its own “issues” right now. It will probably end up being a post on my blog. It’ll need more than zap straps, though.

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  36. April 10, 2013
    Mel Lea-Wood

    Awesome job, mines a little less organised…..than the before pic πŸ™‚

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  37. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Impossible. People say that theirs is less organized, but I really think that my linen closet was nothing more than a glorified laundry hamper. It’s probably why I just shut the door and walked away for all of those years. πŸ˜‰

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  38. April 10, 2013
    Lindsay Faber

    Ummm…that’s amazing. My linen closet is definitely the “before” image. Definitely. Maybe you can come over and do mine next!!

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    • April 25, 2014
      Saif Butt

      This is awesome! I had googled DIY shelf dividers and located your data on Hometalk. i’m getting to use this in my daughter’s closet. i used to be making an attempt to assume β€œoutside the box” and was thinking of a wire dress hanger, and having the hook work over the shelf on top of, etc. Your plan is great! i believe we’ve got some leftover items. i’m β€œthinking” that Home Depot could have some short very little items that they will offer away; from wherever they need cut the lengths for purchasers. simply a concept.
      Thanks πŸ™‚
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      • April 30, 2014
        Tara

        I think you’re right – I didn’t ever think of Home Depot having leftover bits and bobs. Have you checked with them yet? I really loved the way this linen closet turned out. It was so easy – let me know if you try it as well. I’d love to see pictures!

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  39. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Suburble

    Ah, thank you! I’ve got the zap straps if you’ve got the time (and wire shelving… I ran out of that. Kind of a crucial ingredient)!

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  40. April 10, 2013
    amy of while wearing heels

    I hope you are strutting around like a proud organized peacock. That is one heck of a transformation! I love that you shared your linen closet in true before form.

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  41. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    That was the honest, bare-bones truth… it was ug-ly. But I think that it’s important to be honest when you’re doing before/after stuff. Otherwise, people would read blogs and think, “Why does everyone else have such a perfect house and mine’s a big dump?”

    Guess what? My house can be pretty dumpy too! Especially the stuff behind doors!

    But yeah… I be struttin’… my tail feathers are all prettied up today! πŸ˜‰

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  42. April 10, 2013
    MomHomeGuide

    I like how your organized your linen closet — I really need to get mine organized!

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  43. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    Oh, I hear you, sister. It took me 7 years to get this sorted out. It wasn’t until I realized that the shelving could be converted into dividers that I really felt motivated. Once you conquer such a mess, though, it’s quite the feeling.

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  44. April 10, 2013
    Amy D.

    I love it- I am inspired. I am your newest follower from the link party.

    http://bestlifemistake.blogspot.com

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  45. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    Amy – I’m glad you’re inspired! Do it! If you have wire shelves, then this a quick and easy (and essentially tool-free) way to whip it into shape! I’ll pop over to your interweb space as well! Thanks for popping over!

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  46. April 10, 2013
    Abby Lawson

    This looks amazing! I just reorganized my linen closet, too– such a great feeling! πŸ™‚ I found you at Lil Luna–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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  47. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    Abby – I’m glad you like it! Thanks for popping by! I’ll stop by your haunt as well!

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  48. April 10, 2013
    Kimberly Ann

    Great job! I recognize some dollar store baskets!!! The creating dividers with the leftover shelving is ingenius. It’s crazy how much they try to charge for organizational things like that.

    Oh – And I read somewhere (and didn’t get to try yet since my linen closet has no actual sheets in it) that if you can’t fold fitted sheets, just fold them as best you can then put them inside the matching pillow cases. Gives a nice neat line.

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  49. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    Okay, that is a great tip! I will be using your pillowcase tip. I can’t – just cannot – fold a fitted sheet. And when somebody tries to show me, it’s like they’re Criss Angel doing some sort of fancy illusionary magic. So yeah… I’m pretty hopeless.

    Oh, you have a keen eye, ma’am! Those are Dollar Tree specials! I like to keep it cheap and cheerful (like some other clever people I know)!

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  50. April 10, 2013
    Jenna

    Wow, you have one seriously organized closet now! Mine still looks more like the picture of your before!

    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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  51. April 10, 2013
    Tara @ Surburble

    Ahhh… Jenna… I know you’re just being nice. I am pretty sure that I am (was?) the winner of the Worst Closet Ever contest. It was pretty brutal.

    (But thanks for the compliments on its makeover!)

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  52. April 11, 2013
    Stephanie

    Thanks for linking up to my link party, I love how you transformed your linen closet! I will be featuring you at today’s link party!
    Stephanie
    http://www.simplydreamandcreate.com

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  53. April 15, 2013
    Sparkling

    Please feel free to come by and do the very same thing to my linen closet or any closet you wish to tackle. That looks great and the labeling is so essential to staying organized!!!

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    • April 15, 2013
      Tara @ Suburble

      Thanks, Sparkling! I have yet to do this in another closet, but now that I know how easy it is to keep things organized (when dividers force you to), I am taking stock of my other closets! πŸ™‚

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  54. April 19, 2013
    ellie p

    WOW! This came just in time. Your BEFORE picture looks PAINFULLY familiar!! Thanks so much for linking up at Creative Geekery’s THE Pin It Party! Hope you will come back next week! XO, ellie

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    • April 19, 2013
      Tara @ Suburble

      Thank you so much, Ellie! I’ll definitely be back next week! πŸ™‚

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  55. April 20, 2013
    Emily S

    Very nice! We don’t have space like that, but I’m sure it would look similar to what you had. My husband doesn’t believe in bins (not really sure why), so I don’t know what we would do! Visitng from the Creative Geekery!

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    • April 21, 2013
      Tara @ Suburble

      Doesn’t believe in bins?!? Oh no. My whole life is bins. I imagine that you guys must be far more organized than I am. I need boxes to hide my clutter. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for visiting, Emily!

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  56. May 30, 2013
    Tammie

    This is awesome! I had googled DIY shelf dividers and found your info on Hometalk. I am going to use this in my daughter’s closet. I was trying to think “outside the box” and was thinking of a wire coat hanger, and having the hook fit over the shelf above, etc. Your idea is great! I think we have some leftover pieces. I am “thinking” that Home Depot may have some short little pieces that they may give away; from where they have cut the lengths for customers. Just a thought.

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    • May 30, 2013
      Tara

      Tammie, I’m so glad that you stumbled upon my post. It’s one of my most favourite “eureka” moments I’ve ever had! And it’s so much cheaper than buying pre-made dividers (which come with their very own terrible reviews). You’re so smart to think of asking if there are remnants left behind. While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up your end caps. It’s crucial in making the dividers look “professional”, as opposed to just remnants strapped to shelves. πŸ˜‰

      Let me know how it goes! πŸ™‚

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  57. March 11, 2014
    Val

    Hi Tara,

    Found your post via Hometalk. Great way to use those wire shelves! My linen closet needs a revamp too, and I just happen to have some left over wire grid shelves hanging around. Thank you for the tip!

    Val
    Val recently posted…My Eight Dollar OttomanMy Profile

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    • March 16, 2014
      Tara

      I’m so glad that you like this little tip, Val! It’s made SUCH a difference in my linen closet!

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  58. April 20, 2014
    Steph

    My linen closet actually isn’t messy, but I am pretty envious of those dividers and super cute washcloth bins! Your closet looks awesome!

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  59. July 27, 2014
    Maureen

    Amazing! I was looking for Linen Closet inspirations and found this. It looks terrific – how is it working out – functional? I picked this post as one of My Friday Favorites this week – you can check it out here: http://wp.me/p2hp9V-12s

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    • July 29, 2014
      Tara

      Well, we’ve moved from that house… and I left the organizer there (seemed fair), but while we were living there, I LOVED the dividers. It kept my linen closet tidy, despite my cluttery ways. πŸ™‚

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  60. August 2, 2014
    Julie W

    You were four step ahead of me in the “before” photo. My linens are still stored in space saver bags and I have no shelves in the closets. I hadn’t considered wire shelves and was dreading the whole cut, paint, mount wood shelf issue. Thank you for the phenomenal ideas.

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    • August 2, 2014
      Tara

      I really like the wire shelves, Julie. They’re super easy to put up and the divider thing… I love it. I’m going to be putting them into our new house (which just so happens to have the wire shelving too). I need organization to be “forced” on me, if that makes sense. Having the little spaces for towels and washcloths was foolproof.

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  61. January 24, 2015
    Heather

    This may seriously change my life – the divider idea alone is priceless!!!! Thank you too, for sharing the before photo.

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    • February 3, 2015
      Tara

      Oh… that before photo…. it was very honest. πŸ™‚

      I’m so glad that the divider idea is helpful! I hope that it does the same for your closet that it did for mine!

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