Wardrobe Tour 2018

Wardrobe Tour 2018

When I posted a tour of my office, I asked what you would like to see first: a wardrobe tour or a makeup collection video. And the most requests came in for an updated wardrobe tour. So I decided to make a quick video on how I store my clothes now. I last did one of these videos in my old place, which you can see here if you’d like.

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Wardrobe Tour | Closet organization & how I store my clothes

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Makeup Declutter #4 | eyeliner, brows, pigments, glitter & more

Makeup Declutter #4 | eyeliner, brows, pigments, glitter & more

In order not to overload you with a almost hour long decluttering video, I decided to split my eye products into two videos. I simply thought that would be easiest. So today’s video will bring you a declutter of all my eye related products that are not eyeshadow. Think both cream, gel and liquid eyeliner as well as eyeliner pencils, brow products, eyeshadow primers and some of the more fun stuff such as glitters and pigments. I hope you enjoy!

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Makeup Declutter | Eyes pt 1
Eyeshadow primer, brows, eye liner, glitter & pigments

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Wardrobe tour & closet organization

Wardrobe tour & closet organization

Just a few more weeks before I get the key to my new home and I figured I would show you my current wardrobe organization. Once I move it is very likely to change quite drastically (if the current owner doesn’t take it out, I will have a walk in closet!!), so I figured that now would be a good time to show you my wardrobe and how I keep things organized inside my closet.  wardrobe tour closet organization clothing clothes small space seasons

Wardrobe tour & closet organization

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Reorganized make up, beauty & clothes

Reorganized make up, beauty & clothes

The past few weeks I’ve been obsessed with decluttering videos and Konmari style organization tips. I’ve been watching many videos on Youtube and I love keeping my things organized. I like having an overview and for a while I have felt my make up collection had begun to become too cluttered and messy. I also felt my stack of t-shirts needed reorganizing and there were a few other sections, mostly inside drawers and behind closed doors that I felt needed the once over. But once I got started, I felt I could tackle a few other sections as well. I managed to take before and after pictures of the main areas I wanted to tackle, so I figured it would make a great blog post.

Ta-dah! My reorganized make up drawer. I also reorganized two hair care drawers, two other drawers with beauty products, my shelf with t-shirts, my underwear drawer and my nail polish collection. I started by sorting through my belongings and throwing things away. I got rid of quite a bit of make up (see the last picture in this post), a garbage bag filled with clothes and 2 handfuls of nail polishes. Because any round of organizing starts with purging your things.

Like I said at the start of this post, I watched a lot of make up collection and make up decluttering videos on Youtube. I also spent quite some time seeing people use the KonMari method for reorganizing their belongings. Now, I didn’t really stick to the principles of the latter ‘method’ as I am a pretty neat and organized person to begin with, I just wanted to be smarter about how I stored a few things. I ended up paying a visit to IKEA. After a browse online and looking in other home stores for the perfect solution for storing mainly my make up in a more clever way, I kept coming back to the Godmorgon series combined with some Skubb drawer liners. My main goal: to fit all of my make up into one single drawer of my MALM chest of 4 drawers.

Godmorgon Transparent box with compartments

I didn’t really see this Godmorgon series in too many of the make up organization Youtube videos, but I had decided I needed something new to line the one drawer in my MALM 4-drawer set to keep things organized. Before, I used the discontinued Anordna drawer liners and I felt the Gormorgon series offered the solution I needed: higher, more compartmentalized storage that can be stacked or at the very least layered. The first thing I opted for was this box with different compartments. The front bit can move and be lifted up and out if need be.

Godmorgon transparent box with lid set of 5

I got two of these 5 set box sets as they come with a lid, they are great for keeping products separated, while also allowing you to stack other things on top. Because the boxes are clear you can always see within the blink of an eye were all your things are and you can easily lift these up and out of any drawer.

Godmorgon transparent storage unit set of 3

These drawer inserts seemed handy, but when I got them, I wasn’t sure yet how I’d use them. I ended up using them to layer and put them on top of some of the transparent boxes you see above.

Godmorgon transparent storage with compartments

The final transparent storage solution I got was this, but I really only wanted the little drawer inserts. They seemed handy to me for putting away little things such as hair clips and ties. The idea of these is that you hang these from the sides of your drawer and thus you will always have easy access.

Skubb white box set of 6

The Skubb boxes have been a favorite of mine for lining drawers. I use them to store beauty products, hair brushes, socks: you name it. I seem to have one in almost every drawer. Ever since I reorganized my entire home last winter, I have been keeping my socks in these Skubb boxes underneath my dresses inside my wardrobe and I thought it worked fabulously. That’s why I bought some more boxes and decided to use them to help store my t-shirts and underwear.

On to the before and after pictures!

Make up organization before (above) and after (below)

I took the before pictures after I had already sorted through my make up collection the night before. Before reorganizing this, I kept my lip products in a separate drawer, used the Anordna drawer liners which are very shallow and struggled keeping a few areas organized, yet accessible. I used most of the Godmorgon pieces I bought to reorganize this. The only parts I didn’t use were the ‘cross’ shaped divider and a few of the boxes from one of the lidded box sets I got.

Make up collection before

Make up collection after

In the bigger organizer, with the moving tray, I ended up storing foundation, my favorite blushes, highlighters and bronzers, my extra lipsticks, lipglosses, different types of lipstick (pencils, liquid, etc.), concealers and other highlighters, face powders, primers and bronzers. I stored my remaining blushes in the compartment left void by the organization units. I used the two bigger boxes with a lid. One for small eyeshadow palettes and another for my cream and single eye shadows. A long rectangular box was used for small high end palettes and two of the square boxes were used for gel eyeliners and highlight eyeshadow shades.

Beauty drawers (after)

Finally, I used the three trays to store my favorite lipsticks, brow products, favorite pencil liners and some of my every day products. I filled up the rest of the drawer with my larger eyeshadow palettes and repurposed some of the spaces now freed by moving my lip products to this drawer in the drawer below and above this one. There isn’t a huge change visible in the area where I keep my brushes, but I also moved some things around and now only keep a container with extra eyeliners (colors, liquids, jumbo pencils, etc.) up top. I even managed to move my every day products such as mascara and eyeshadow base into one of the clear drawer sets on top, as well as all of my extra brushes.

Haircare products before (left) and after (right)

I then went through all of my hair products. I threw out a bunch of hair clips, hair ties and the like. I don’t think it’s likely I’ll be wearing butterfly hair clips any time soon and I finally parted ways with my excessive hair band collection. That left me with more room for hair products. I now store my every day and opened hair products in the top drawer. Leaving room for hair brushes and back up products in the drawer below.

T-shirt before and after (above), underwear before and after (below)

Only one part of my wardrobe was driving me crazy and that was my shelf with t-shirts. It was just a hassle to put things back or taking anything out and therefore there were shirts I hardly ever wore, because I simply couldn’t find them quickly. I now have a big Skubb box with neutral shirts and one with printed shirts. One of the rectangular Skubb boxes is used to organize colored shirts and long sleeves and another one is used for tank tops. I used the KonMari method for folding these (but I already used this method for my pants and jeans long before the KonMari craze started, so I guess I had already figured it out by myself).

My underwear drawer was quite messy as you could see, and there were plenty of items I had a hard time reaching in this section. I originally kept bandeau tops, which I really only use as underwear under sheer shirts or low cut tops in the back of my t-shirt shelf. But now I could move them into my underwear drawer. I also divided up my panties, had more or at least better room for my under shirts, dresses, skirts and pants that I use to layer under sheer clothing. All in all, it made for a neatly organized drawer.

Reorganized nail polish collection

But after reorganizing my make up, I was left with 4 drawer liners that I didn’t want to throw out. Since I was on a roll, I decided to also sort through my nail polish collection. And then it hit me: I can use the drawer liners to organize my nail polish. So I got rid of a few so it would fit and behold a much more organized nail polish stash. Just compare it to this post I did last year and you’ll see what I mean. It makes for such a big change now nothing can slide around anymore.

Make up I am giving away

So what is the end result you may ask? Well for the make up, this is all I am getting rid of. I also got rid of some nail polish of course, but I put it all in a bag and I am giving it away to friends and family. I have some cousins who are really into make up too and I’m sure they will be thrilled to try a few of these things out. It has also inspired me to do a make up I regret buying blog post and so that will be coming up in the next few weeks.

What do you think of my reorganized make up stash?

Organize your life!

Organize your life!

My name is Maaike and I’m a organization-aholic. Before we can get into this post, let’s gather some facts about me shall we?

  1. I live my life on 30 M2 (or 90 ft2)
  2. I have accumulated too much junk, but am terrible at throwing things away ‘for no reason’. Just click the tab ‘collections’ above or, simply click here and you’ll see what I mean.
  3. I love to organize/ reorganize/ structure my life/ stuff. In fact, I can be quite obsessive about it and actually do it for fun.

Today I’ll will tell you more about some of the things I do to organize my space and my life to keep my head clear from clutter and to live my life comfortably even though I live in very very small space. I hope you can take something away from it to declutter your brain.

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1.) Allocate your belongings to specific spots

The number one rule for an organized and decluttered home is to make sure that you know which things go where. And I don’t just mean ‘roughly’, I mean exactly. If you always put your pens together in the same spot, chances are it’ll be a lot easier for you to find them.

2.) Clean up your room/ house before going to bed

A cleaned up living space eases your mind and actually makes it easier for you to fall asleep. It works for me anywayz. I always clean up plates, glasses and cups that I’ve used throughout the day before I go to bed. I also put away pens or anything else that might simply be lying about. I simply put everything back in its ‘designated spot’. That way I can find it again when I need it in the morning.

3.) Write things down

I write down everything: to do lists, grocery lists, blog post ideas, songs for blog posts, when I meet up with friends, my timetable at work, doctor’s appointments, etc.. I take a note of everything. Either in my trusty Moleskin agenda or on a separate piece of paper. I for instance keep a notepad next to my bed for those last minute ideas that always tend to pop into my head right before falling asleep.

4.) Use your space wisely

If your living space is small it is a good idea to figure out the best way to use the space. It took a while until I had found mine, but now I have it, it hasn’t changed in over 5 years. When organizing your space it is especially important to keep in mind what is important to you. That is the reason why I have my desk/ office area close to a window to allow for natural light to hit it when I’m working during the day. On the other hand my couch & sitting area is located underneath my bed where it’s much darker, which adds to the coziness factor. I also keep a fairly large open space in the center of my room so I can use that to do home work outs, practice dance routines and make space for when I’m having friends over for dinner.

5.) Don’t have too much ‘junk’ in plain view

The more stuff you have, the harder this becomes, but the key is to try to put as much of your stuff behind closed doors or in boxes. The less junk you see the less cluttered your living space will feel. So investing in cupboards, wardrobes, practical bookcases, bins, decorative boxes and the like may be to your advantage if your living space is small. This also goes for little trinkets such as photo frames and candles: the fewer you have the better.

6.) Make lists

This ties in with the writing things down point. I make lists all the time. In fact, I make lists of lists. No kidding. I have a list for my CDs, my books, my shoes, my records and my DVDs. But I also make lists for blog posts and to do lists for my thesis and work. I do not leave the house without a list if I’m running errands or go out to buy groceries. My grocery list actually includes EVERYTHING I need. Even if it’s something I buy every week, I still include it on my list.

7.) Work with what you have/ is readily available

When organizing things, it is important to try and be creative. It’s very handy to simply drive to IKEA and buy everything you think you’ll need. However, when you look around your home or shops closer to home you can a) save money and b) save time. I bought some bins from a local drugstore for cheap to hold my old uni stuff and my jewelry rack is actually a kitchen organizer. Most of my shoes I keep in their boxes which I then store in my wardrobe and I am the queen of stacking.

8.) Try to come up with a ‘system’ that works for you

A system is probably a big and scary word, but that is in fact a little bit what you need if you want to become more organized. Being organized is about being one step ahead of the game. So you think things through before you do them, rather than just doing them. You don’t leave your house without a list of things you need to buy. You don’t go to bed before your space is back to its original state and you try to do things in advance. It requires a bit of planning!

9.) Do things in advance

Which leads me to my next point: do things in advance if you can. I save a tremendous amount of time in the morning because I pack my bag, lay out my clothes and pick out my make up and perfume the night before I go to work. I try to check my work email on Sunday to save time on Monday morning when I come in (especially if I’m having a meeting that day). The fewer distractions you have, the easier it is to focus on the task at hand.

10.) Divide up your time.

The first thing you shouldn’t do is procrastinate. Don’t just think: I’ll do that tomorrow. Because tomorrow that painting will still not be hung up, and the day after and the day after and the day after that. I’m like that with doing my dishes or folding my laundry: they are chores I do not like doing, but I know that once I’ve done them it gives me a satisfactory feeling because everything will be neat and organized again. This does require some preparation. If you don’t feel like doing all the little things separately (like me), try to gather several small tasks and turn it into one big one that you can work on for a while. If you don’t feel like doing larger tasks in one go, try splitting it up into smaller parts that are easier to manage.

So there you have it 10 tips which are hopefully helpful to whoever may read this. If you like this post you may also be interested in some of my other blogs on organization:

Reorganized Bookshelves

Reorganized Bookshelves

Last week, I suddenly had a brain wave. This brain wave came at a highly inconvenient time, as most brain waves do, right around midnight. Since my brain wave included reorganizing the bookcase that holds my English novels, I decided that midnight wasn’t a good time to act on it. I decided to do it a few days later.

Here is the before picture:

In the left book case you find 7″ & 12″ records. Below that is one shelf of English novels, then one shelf of literature which does not fall under ‘English novels’ and the bottom shelf holds books on mythology, fairy tales and folklore. As you can see in the left hand bottom corner there are two boxes stacked in front of the book case and in the book case on the right hand you can find another box sitting on a shelf.

Apart from this set up being inconsistent and highly inconvenient, it looks quite messy as well. So, I decided to rearrange some things: take out the literature and mythology books and move them to another book case. Then I moved up those shelves to fit some of my English novels, leaving space at the bottom for my boxes and two empty shelves, which means more space for new books.

This is what it looks like now:

My English novels now start right underneath my records, moving all the way into the right hand book case. They are ordered alphabetically from A – Z. I put some other boxes on the shelves, else it looked kind of pathetic and empty.

The books that I took out of this book case moved into a book case which I can utilize on both sides. I have a smaller size of these shelves which is positioned in such a way that I can also put books behind the books which are already there. Double stacking! So another great tip if you have lots of stuff, but a small space to live in: try to see if you can double stack your books and place two rows of books onto one shelf. Saves space!

Q: What was your latest brain wave?

How to organize your stuff

How to organize your stuff

Once a year, usually around spring time, I get this urge to sort through all my stuff and reorganize it. I throw things out, move things round and occasionally I’ll even move around my furniture. Since I went through another episode just yesterday and I am rather picky about organizing my stuff, I thought I’d share some of my tips with you.

The first thing you should know is that I live my life on 30 M2. That’s roughly 90 Ft2. That’s not a lot. I do have a separate kitchen and bathroom, but I eat, sleep, study, watch TV, read books etc. all in that one room. It also means that I store all of my shoes and clothes, books, CDs, records etc. in that one room. Over the years I have accumulated tons of stuff. I’m a pack rat by nature, which is why my organization urges come in handy. I think by now I’ve turned organizing my stuff into an artform. My room is filled to the brim with stuff, yet it doesn’t look cluttered (I think). Ikea is my best friend and pretty much all of my organization tips will be available from that store. I will provide links to products and add pictures if I couldn’t find a clear picture on their website.

Tip 1:

Use your wall space. The more you hang on walls and place in front of your walls the better. I got a new wardrobe over summer, which is so big that I had to figure out a different way of storing my CDs. In came Mr. Ikea with this brilliant solution (Lekberg). You can easily mount these on your wall (I have 5 of them) and it stores both CDs as well as DVDs. It comes in white (the one I have linked you to) and in black. Another clever way of storing CDs and DVDs is by using Ikea’s Benno series.

Tip 2:

Learn how to stack. Seriously. The more you can stick on top of things, the better. It does require some thought as you won’t want a box you may need to get into often to be at the bottom of your pile. However, that is just a matter of logical thinking. If you think that boxes are boring and will look crappy: they won’t. Again, Ikea (or any office supply/ decoration stores) for the win. I have a bunch of the Lingo boxes. They come in different sizes and colors, look cute and are ideal for packing away paper, magazines, tea, knitting materials, candles and much more! The colors differ per season.

Tip 3:

Organize your drawers. Drawers are brilliant, but can easily become messy when you just chuck things in there. I love the Skubb dividers. They used to have different ones, but I think they just changed the name and that’s it. They also have great organization dividers for make up called Anordna. You can find these in the bathroom accessories department and work like a charm. I just got myself some of these so I could pack my make up in a set of drawers I already owned, rather than the way I stored them before. They also come in different sizes and can even be mounted as a separate set of drawers.

Tip 4:

Don’t buy a regular book case, but buy shelf racks instead. You’ll be able to divide the shelves according to your liking and it makes your book case more versatile. I particularly love the IVAR series from Ikea. If you think the open book case looks cluttered, you can always add the additional doors that they also sell. Ivar comes in different sizes (height and width) and can be expanded on if needed. As you can see in the picture below, one of my Ivar bookcases stores books (also on top of the bookcase), 7″ and 12″ records. I have another one, which is smaller which holds books, storage containers, my printer and some other junk.

My double Ivar.

Tip 5:

Put your small stuff into boxes/ containers as well. The thing that makes spaces look cluttered is when things aren’t packed away behind doors/ inside of drawers. Luckily many office supply stores and also my beloved Ikea sell smaller containers that make life easier and allow you to pack away your things in such a way that they are easy to reach, yet packed away at the same time.

Ikea Mackis CD storage unit (x2)

Plastic drawers

The kind of drawers you see in the pictures above are ideal for storing small things. I used to store my make up in those plastic drawers. Now it houses my medicine cabinet, as well as some other stuff. The wooden CD storage units hold my nail polish collection. Actually they are CD organizers, which I got from Ikea over fall. However, I cannot find them on their website anymore, so I don’t know what happened to that. If you’re curious though, I put the name of the unit under the picture.

Tip 6:

Keep things together that belong together. My biggest pet peeve is when I can’t find something. Usually I can’t find something, because it is not stored with similar items. And also, I’m lazy, which means that I don’t want to have to walk to the other end of my room to grab something so I can get started on something. Categorize your items. For instance, I store the CDs I really like and still listen to in the Lekberg CD organizers mounted on my wall. Then I have soundtracks, jazz, Backstreet Boys CDs and other categories in Benno CD cases and then I store the ones I don’t listen to anymore but which I just can’t get myself to get rid off either in another CD case in a different corner of my room. This way, if I feel like listening to a certain kind of music, I’ll know exactly where to go and I won’t have to search through stacks of CDs.

I do the same for clothes and shoes. I cannot begin to tell you how exciting I was to finally store all of my clothes and shoes into one wardrobe when I bought my Pax wardrobe over summer. My old one was crappy and falling apart, and not all of my stuff even fit in there! So I bought a bigger and better one over summer and I still have space left. Woohoo! I picked the one with the mirror as the mirror would make my room look more spacious and with it being huge, I just thought it would be prettier as well. The doors also slide, which makes it perfect for a smaller space.

Tip 7:

Be creative! A little creativity will go far. My greatest find of the decade would be my jewelry rack. I was storing my jewelry also some of those plastic drawers pictured above. The only downside was that my bangles didn’t fit into the drawers and my necklaces got all tangled up. I decided to search online for a jewelry rack, but those things are a) expensive and b) the majority only store earrings. Then I was searching on the Ikea website again and found the Kroken series. It is actually a kitchen utensils organizer with a spice rack and a paper towel holder, but I immediately though it would make a great jewelry rack. Here’s what I turned it into:

Kroken series as jewelry rack

All I needed were a few extra nails in the wall for my longer necklaces and I have an instant jewelry rack. I put my bangles on a paper towel holder, hung my earrings from a spice rack (which also holds my watches and my rings!) and hung my bracelets and necklaces from the hooks that you can also buy in the series.

So there you go! My organization tips!

Q: do you have any other tips for room organization?

Q2: If you’d like to see what my room actually looks like, I could do a room tour video some time this week if you’re interested. Just let me know in the comments below.