Organizing Medications with Whitewashed Storage Boxes

Every day while checking out the blogs I “Ooh” and “Aah” over beautiful, brightly colored spaces. There are some really talented bloggers out there who have an amazing eye for putting together colors I never dreamed would look so darn gorgeous.

Inspired by all of this wonderful color {and probably because I’m so depressed over the gloomy, gray non-spring we are having here in Pittsburgh}, I set off to add some bold and bright elements to my little linen closet while giving it an organizational lift as well. Here’s what I started with:

Linen Closet Before

My plan was to cut some cardboard, wrap it in pretty paper, and adhere it to the back of the closet to add a punch of color and pattern without committing to a long-term paint change. I also picked up some colorful bins at the dollar store to help corral some of the loose items.

I covered one piece of cardboard with my beloved wrapping paper and put it in with the bins to test it out.

Trying Color

It just wasn’t working for me. I loved the paper, and heaven knows I’ve never met a bin that I didn’t like, but I felt like it belonged in a kid’s room, not in my grown-up, soon-to-be-organized linen closet, so I decided to switch gears.

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Maybe my neutrals weren’t so bad after all. I picked up a couple of unfinished wooden boxes at Target (I promise I shop other places sometimes. It’s just that we got this big, beautiful, brand new Target really close to my house and it calls my name pretty much every day. As soon as the novelty wears off, I’m sure I’ll start buying things from other stores again…maybe.) to hold the medicines I was moving to the linen closet from the bathroom cabinet.

Wood Boxes

Apparently the humidity in the bathroom isn’t great for the longevity of the meds, so it is better to store them elsewhere. I gave the boxes a few coats of whitewash and a cute little medical logo, and they were looking pretty good. {if I do say so myself ;)}


In order to make room for the meds, I had to clear out some of the baby towels and burp cloths that 20 month old “baby” C doesn’t use any more. I may or may not have gotten emotional while doing this. {He’s my last baby! It’s hard!} After that, I was able to pop all of my newly refolded linens back into the closet, and…

Linen Closet After

Ta-da! When I started this project, I was expecting a much different “after” shot, but I must say, I’m loving the neutrals, and the little details make me smile each time I pass the updated closet.

I love the little box that fits the Cs’ washcloths perfectly.

Bottom Shelf

I love that the towels are getting in on the ombre trend.

Ombre Towels

And maybe I didn’t get the brightly colored linen closet that I had pictured, but I did get the one that was right for my style, and I’m okay with that. 🙂

Before and After

Have you ever had a transformation turn out differently than you expected?

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Thank you so much for following along! Have a wonderful day!


  1. Cindy Eikenberg says:

    Hi Abby, I so need to organize my closet like this! Thanks for the inspiration and have a wonderful weekend!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Cindy! Have a great Easter weekend!

      ~Abby =)

  2. Trine @ Creative Pink Butterfly says:

    Its when I see projects like this I wish I had a linen closet!

    1. abbylawson says:

      I had an apartment without one once–it’s tough! {But maybe a fun challenge to get creative?} Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Trine!!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Emily @ My Love for Words says:

    After looking at these pics I think I may have to put my linen closet on an episode of Hoarders. Great before and after. 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Lol. Thanks! I think we all have are areas. You should see my craft nook–definitely “Hoarders” material! Have a wonderful Easter, Emily!

      ~Abby =)

  4. Mrs. Tucker says:

    I love the little boxes!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Aw, thank you! Have a great Easter!

      ~Abby =)

  5. Sarah @ An Inviting Home says:

    I think it turned out great! I just re-organized our closet too. It is such a great feeling to have it all come together.


    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Sarah! You are so right–love that organized feeling!

      ~Abby =)

  6. Erin @ How to Nest for Less says:

    oooh. I really need to do some Spring cleaning. Thanks for the ideas!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Sure thing, Erin! Thanks for stopping by the blog! Have a great Easter!

      ~Abby =)

  7. Love this! You have inspired me to get after that clean linen closet. I cleaned it last year but after a baby and life it seemed to get back to “chaos” again. Ugh! All that to say… I’m going to clean it this weekend. 🙂 Thanks for a little inspiration!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Krista! I hear ya…babies have a way of bringing the chaos with them! Good thing they’re so cute! 😉 Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

      ~Abby =)

  8. now at home mom says:

    I love how you are organized! 🙂 I just finished cleaning mine because hubby always makes a mess in this closet! I love how you transformed your little wooden boxes with medical logos 😉 btw, same here, I can’t wait for warmer, sunnier days! I hope you are having a great Easter weekend with your family!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much, Ingrid! I know it–summer can’t come soon enough! Happy Easter!

      ~Abby =)

  9. Cristina@remodelandolacasa says:

    I also store the medicines in my linen closet, but oh boy! That’s a total mess 🙂 I love your idea of using little boxes, it looks functional and pretty, I might copy cat you on that!

    Happy Easter!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Cristina! {Copy away! ;)} I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

      ~Abby =)

  10. Jessi @ Practically Functional says:

    The little boxes are cute!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Jessi! I hope you had a wonderful Easter!

      ~Abby =)

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    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Megan! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

  12. Elizabeth says:

    I’m moving right now and I’m really into home organization and decor right now! I love your new linen closet! Looks fabulous!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you, Elizabeth!! Good luck with your move…I know how crazy things can get! Have a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  13. Laura Jane @ Super Sweet Life says:

    Too cute! I love the boxes!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks! 🙂 Hope you’re having a great day!

      ~Abby =)

  14. Aimee - ItsOverflowing says:

    Those boxes are so cute! Great before/after!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much, Aimee! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  15. I love the neutrals and I really like your little painted boxes … they add a fun DIY touch! Thanks so much for linking up at Project Inspire{d}!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thank you so much! Thanks again for hosting!

      ~Abby =)

  16. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says:

    I love what you did with the closet Abby! I am so in need of some organizing! It’s just so easy to close the door! 😉 But I think you may have inspired me to get with it! 🙂

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Nancy! I have plenty of “close the door” spaces that still need work here, too, lol. Hope you’re having a great week!

      ~Abby =)

  17. Krista @thehappyhousie says:

    Looks great! I have been working on my linen closet this weekend too… not quite done yet. Thanks for the inspiration to get it finished! And thanks for popping over to thehappyhousie today!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Krista! Good luck with your linen closet! 🙂

      ~Abby =)

  18. Thanx Abby gurl! Your tips are great & so cute! I just bought a new home, so I’m excited to put your suggestions into action! 😉


    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks, Nellie! Have so much fun decorating your new home!!! Fun!

      ~Abby =)

  19. Angela @ says:

    I love the painted crosses on the fronts of the box—how they tell you what’s inside without having to peek. Very simple and yet they add a touch of decorating to the closet. Great job!

    1. abbylawson says:

      Thanks so much! Gotta have pretty meds! 😉 Hope you’re having a wonderful day, Angela!

      ~Abby =)

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  22. I came across your blog and got to tell you, its amazing. And the organized closet looks awesome. Thank you for sharing.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Tammy! Hope you have a wonderful day!

      ~Abby =)

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