Spring means cleaning time and over the spring season I definitely gave my wardrobe a good declutter. I found clothes with holes, stuff I hadn’t worn in a decade and just so much stuff I know I will no longer wear for whatever reason. I tend to do one of these once a year and it felt so good to do it once again this year. I documented the full process for you. So if you enjoy timelapsed declutters of someone just going through stuff, then this video is for you.Read more
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
A few weeks ago, I decided to declutter my wardrobe. It was spring break, I had plenty of time and so it was the right moment for me to go through my clothes and sort them out. I owned so many items that I liked the idea of but was no longer wearing. Either because they no longer fit me, had become old and tatty, or because they simply no longer suited my style. I decided to sort through everything and take you along for the ride.
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?
To take a break from lookbooks, shoplogs and trend posts, I thought this week’s fashion post could focus on the brands I have in my closet. Not because I think it’s the most informative type of post I’d write, but because I thought it would be fun, not in the least place for myself, to discover how many different brands I own clothes from. My most worn brand is quite easily H&M. It’s not uncommon for me to wear an outfit that is head to toe H&M. The main reason for that being the fact that it’s the most accessible to me as there are two stores around the corner from my house AND their website has decent shipping. It also seems to fit my body shape better than ZARA so I generally enjoy shopping there. However, when I drew up this list I was quite surprised that I had so many other brands lying about, even though, often it’s only one or two items.
Some of my dresses
Most heavily represented:
- H&M, Divided, H&M Trend, Sport, LOGG
- ZARA, TRF/ Trafaluc, Basic, Woman
- Forever 21, Love 21
- Moto (Topshop)
There is only a handful of brands that I have many items from. And most of those are very affordable brands. I tend to buy my basics from H&M, Asos & Forever 21. The latter two are my go to brands for fun dresses that not everyone has, whereas I buy other more on trend items from H&M. I have quite some ZARA items and those are all very much one off pieces such as button down shirts, a blazer or a more special top. Lastly, pretty much all my jeans are from Topshop and their denim brand is called Moto. I have 3 Jamie’s and 3 Joni’s, as well as a pair of highwaisted shorts.
Stack of sweaters
Some bits & bops:
- River Island
- New Look
- Primark (Atmosphere, Cedarwood)
- Cooperative (UO)
- American Apparel
- Sparkle & Fade (OU)
- Vero Moda
- Clockhouse (C&A)
- New Yorker
There are some brands that I shop at sometimes, but not all the time. Simply because I only get to them when I shop in other cities (Monki, River Island, Primark), because they are generally a bit more expensive (American Apparel, Topshop, Urban Outiftters), or because they don’t always sell items that fit my taste (Mango, Hema, New Look). Whenever I find these stores and brands, I tend to give them a whirl and pop in to have a look, but usually it’s just single items that draw me in. I do still enjoy wearing those items that I do have, in fact, some of them are my favorites, but it’s always a bit hit or miss for me here.
- The White Pepper (Asos)
- Traffic People (Asos)
- Love (Topshop)
- Band of Gypsies (Asos)
- Mint & Berry (Zalando)
- Club L (Asos)
- Ravi Famous
- Wal G (Topshop)
- Parisian Collection (New Look)
- Pins & needles (UO)
- Kimchi Blue (UO)
- BDG (UO)
- The Beautiful Ones (UO)
- Jacqueline de Yong (Only)
- American Eagle
- Abercrombie & Fitch
- Yessica (C&A)
- Onitsuka Tiger
- Miss Etam
- Old Navy
- Staring at Stars (UO)
- Mink Pink (UO)
Lastly, the single pieces. Many of these brands are again places I don’t shop at much but my main reason for not going in isn’t because they don’t draw me in. Most of these brands are brands which are harder to find in the Netherlands. In fact, GAP, American Eagle and Abercrombie & Fitch don’t even have stores in this country, so many of these brands represent stuff I bought while on vacation. However, there are also some concession brands in this list that are sold at Asos, UO or other larger stores that sell sub brands. Those collections are generally smaller and thus harder to get a hold off. Yet again, some of those items are my most unique and special items that I keep hanging on to. Such as the vintage red blazer I bought in London, or my bold floral print button down blouse by Mink Pink.
All in all, I think an overview of the brands in my wardrobe quite nicely showcases one of the tips I gave in my ‘how to find your style‘ article. I tend to make sure I have my basics from affordable brands and have build up a wardrobe around that using one off pieces by many different brands. The bulk of my wardrobe come from places I find it easy to shop from, but I like looking out of my comfort zone and sometimes even off the beaten path to find those items that make my wardrobe the versatile vortex it has become.
What brands are in your closet?
Plenty of girls have too many clothes. I know I have! There are a few pieces in my closet though that I cannot go without: my wardrobe staples. No matter what the trends are, no matter what is in style, I make sure I have an item like it in my closet. The main reason: they are versatile, can be combined in a gazillion different ways or they are a good statement piece to have. These are my 9 must have wardrobe items.
1.) The black circle skirt
Black circle skirt (H&M – sale)
Circle skirts are great staples to have to begin with, but a black one is the most versatile. The color is easy to combine with a multitude of colors and textures. The cut of these skirts is very girly and suit many different body shapes. You can wear it high up in your waist or slouch it down a little. It’s also easy to dress up or dress down depending on how you style it.
2.) The cozy knit
Beige knit cardigan with metallic gold thread (H&M)
A knit that fits and keeps you warm is a must. I prefer going with a cardigan rather than a sweater as it is much more versatile. You can always unbutton the cardigan and wear it over a dress or other outfit without taking too much away from it. Cardigan instantly make a look more casual, which is why I feel your knit should always be cozy too. You should just want to snuggle up in it.
3.) Statement blazer
Green wool felt blazer (Only)
Already featured in my blazer collection, this jacket is one of the oldest pieces in my closet. The reason? Because it’s green, because it’s warm and because it can amp up any outfit. It goes with pants, skirts and dresses and goes best with a basic t-shirt. In spring I even wear it as outerwear topped with a big scarf.
4.) Black bolero/ sleeves
Black wool knit bolero (H&M)
Again one of those items that I simply cannot live without. I throw this mostly over t-shirts when it’s too cold for a t-shirt, but too warm for a full on sweater. I also wear it with dresses, especially sleeveless ones. Depending on the type of bolero you have, it can dress up or dress down an outfit. The one in the picture is generally a bit dressier, but I also have more casual looking ones.
5.) Statement dress
Green polka dot dress with pussybow knot (Monki)
Forget the LBD! My wardrobe staple is a fun, in your face dress that fits nicely and that can again we dressed up or down. I can wear this with flip flops in summer, with tights and heels in winter and even throw a cardigan on top for a more pretty look. If you would like to see this one on, then stay tuned because tomorrow post will feature an outfit with this dress!
6.) Nude tank top
Nude tank top (H&M)
I know that most people will tell you to get white and black t-shirts and tops. But my favorite neutral is this nude/ beige color. You can throw it on under brighter colors to tone down the craziness, but it also makes for a great layering piece underneath sheer and see through tops. I prefer tank tops over t-shirts as again, they are easier to layer with and thus much more versatile.
7.) Black skinny jeans
Black studded skinny jeans (Only)
My favorite pair of jeans! I actually stopped wearing jeans on a daily basis quite some time ago. I now where jeggings or treggings, but an actual pair of jeans is an absolute must have. I went with a skinny because it will make your legs look longer and the color black adds to that as well of course. Also finding the right kind of blue that suits you best can be difficult as what color jeans are can be so subject to change. Whereas black is a good solid color that you’ll be able to find year round and which will never go out of style.
8.) Basic dress
Nude lace dress (H&M)
Another must have is a more basic dress. This one in the picture is in a very basic and neutral color, but the texture of the lace keeps it from getting boring. Again: easy to dress up, easy to dress down. You can take this from day to night by adding different shoes and accessories and you’re good to go. I love how this is in such a neutral color as it allows you to play around with the rest of your outfit.
9.) Denim jacket
Finally the piece I really can’t live without: a denim jacket. You can literally wear this year round and with the right fit and color it will take you far. This jacket is my main summer outerwear piece, but in winter I use it for layering. It is so easy to put this on underneath your winter coat for an extra layer of warmth. I will even wear this indoors. It gives a bit of a tough look to anything you wear without it becoming too casual.
These are my wardrobe staples, what are yours?
P.S. It wasn’t until I gathered all my pictures that I realized that all these items are black, nude or green apart from the jacket. Guess what my staple colors are? 😉
Almost 2 years ago, I had a makeshift wardrobe, consisting of 2 separate closets that were old and rickety. One day, one of the closets decided to collapse on me. All the shelves simply fell down and that’s when I knew: it’s time to buy myself a new closet. I went all over town trying to find the perfect wardrobe. Not only did it have to be bigger than what I had, I also wanted a decent amount of space to hang items rather than to stack them. After much searching I ended up at IKEA, which had been my idea to begin with, where I found the PAX system. It’s a wardrobe system that let’s you customize your entire closet. How convenient! This is the one I bought:
It’s one of the largest ones they have. Hooray for living in a place with high ceilings. I store my suitcases on top. I had to buy a ladder just so I can reach them (no kidding). However, what is very convenient is that I can now store everything in there. I keep my nightgowns on the side as I found myself not using them when they were inside the closet. The only things not in this closet: socks, scarves, and some shoes and flip flops. The rest of my clothing & clothing related items are in there. Here’s what it looks like on the inside:
As you can see I got this closet with sliding doors. They take up less space and are overall very convenient. I also really like the huge mirror. Since the closet is so big, if that door would also be made of wood it would instantly make my room look smaller. Right now, with the added mirror, it makes my room look more spacious and this is now my main mirror when I’m trying on clothes. It has more space for hanging clothes than laying them down and I like it that way. I kept one part long so it would fit dresses and still have space left for shoes underneath. I also added some drawers for underwear and accessories. I’m really happy I got those too as they are super handy and spacious.
Buying a closet that will fill your wardrobe needs, is only part of the solution to wardrobe organisation. The next thing you have to do is decide where and how to put your things into it. My main guidelines here were: how often do I need it + how will I be able to find things quickly? The solution: wise placement & color coding. This is what it led to:
Both shelves have double stacks. Behind the sweaters there are two more stacks: one with heavy knit sweaters and one with basic long sleeves. I keep my basic tees separate from printed ones and tops with special cuts. Hooded sweaters are kept underneath the drawers behind my shoes as I barely wear them anymore.
Top: pajamas on the left, towels on the right
I keep my more formal dresses on the left and my boots & booties are stored underneath the dresses.
I keep my heels and extra bedding on the shelf above this rod.
The shoes I store here are mostly sneakers and some older shoes that I don’t grab for all the time. There are also some heels here that didn’t put up on the shelf anymore.
As you can see, everything is color coded from light colors on the left (or on top) to dark colors to the right (or at the bottom). Exceptions are skirts and shorts, for some reason I switched that the other way round. The dresses are organised slightly differently as well: formal dresses are on the left followed by summer dresses. It then goes into pink, red, cream/ nude, brown, blue, grey and black. Don’t ask me how that happened, but it works for me. I can quickly find whatever it is I need and because I have so much hanging space I can easily see what I have.
Do you have any tips on how to organise a wardrobe?