Take everything out. Yes, everything! This is a necessary step, as it assists with grouping like items, creating categories, and weeding out items that are unused, too loved, or just not needed. Take this opportunity to wipe down the shelves with Surface Cleaner and Lint-Free Cleaning Cloths.
We like to have general categories, as becoming too specific creates room for error. Generalized categories allow everyone in the home to put items away, instead of second guessing.
For this particular linen closet, we chose lidded cloth bins just like these The Laundress Storage Boxes, as we were looking to contain toilet paper, towels and sheets, protect them from dust and debris, and ensure the items to be clean when used. This also allows us to rid the closet of retail packaging, which can be bulky and unsightly.
Label, Label, Label
We can't stress enough how important it is to not skip this step. There is no such thing as over labeling, even if you feel like the contents are totally obvious, still add a label. Labels promote continuity in a space and a no-brainer for where items are to live. We absolutely love The Laundress Storage Boxes because they have a built in pouch and easy to remove labels just in case the contents change.
We like to tell our clients to always consider for whom the space is intended when determining placement. With this particular space, this is a closet designed for guests to find extra necessities when staying, such as extra linens, backstock toiletries, and toilet paper when in need.