Well the title of my blog comes from a man who I’d say never cleaned out his closet in his life. Mind you, the lyrics of Eminem’s songs were a bit mad and it was fairly difficult to decipher what the hell was going on in his head (his closet)! It was nothing to do with his messy wardrobe, I’m fairly sure of that!
So many people say to me ‘oh I need a big clear-out’ or ‘I’ve nothing to wear’ or ‘my wardrobe is bursting, but I can’t find anything’. There are 2 problems I always find – one is that we are a nation of ‘clothes hoarders’ and just keep packing the wardrobes. The other is that we don’t store items properly, therefore we can’t actually see what we have, so it’s no surprise we can’t find what we are looking for! And then all we have is just loadsa ‘stuff’ everywhere!
I’m going to write two blog posts over the next few days to try to combat these 2 problems – one is about storage ideas, the other about wardrobe de-cluttering. When we moved into our new house before Christmas I swore I was going to get some ‘law and order’ on my wardrobe and try to create more space by using up empty space with good storage ideas. Mind you when I said I was writing this blog-post I was met with ‘well I hope you practice what you preach!’
Anyone who knows me knows that I hate clutter and there’s a bit of a Monika going on with me sometimes! That doesn’t mean I’m always the tidiest but my motto is, ‘There’s a place for everything and everything should be in it’s place’.
Right, we will start with storage and not just your wardrobe, but in general around your bedroom and bathroom where us girlies tend to let things pile up! And don’t worry I am not going to be recommending a new set of slide-robes or a trip to your nearest furniture shop! Just a few easy steps.
Hanging clothes: This is very important to keep them in shape. These hangers are from Penneys and a bargain at €3.90 at the moment, normally €5 – Of course we all have the wire hangers from the dry-cleaners but you know girls these are not good for our clothes – if you invest in some good clothes, invest in good hangers too. It’s ok to fold clothes too like jeans, tee-shirts etc but your dresses, blazers, coats and good jumpers should be hung. Piling stuff up on the floor is a no-no….Floordrobes, seriously?! C’mon pick them up and hang them up, or put them away. It only takes a few minutes.
Belts & scarves: Bane of my life. I have so many belts (god know why as I rarely wear one – they just come with things) And as for scarves, don’t get me started…when we moved house the question was asked ‘Who has a suitcase of scarves?’ Eh…that would be me. Again hang these…see some ideas in the images below. Or you could use those plastic containers with lids which you can buy most homeware or toy stores. It’s important to put them where you can reach them….not on top of your wardrobe as the likelihood is you will pull down the box, throw the lid on the ground and run off and leave it there – make sure boxes like these are easily accessible for your height.
Jewellery: This box is the biz from Homestore & More – I bought it recently for earrings and it’s just so handy as you can see everything – I think it was €5/€6. Thcy have a huge amount of storage products so check out their website here. I need a few more though! 🙈 I keep my other jewellery in one large tattered cardboard box I bought in Dunnes years ago, but at least everything is together.
These collapsible jewellery organisers are also from Penneys if you prefer to hang your jewellery.
That empty space in the bottom of your wardrobe. Oh I hate it…what a waste! Unless you put in a lower rail it’s just usually filled with shoes etc. I bought these storage boxes – the bigger one on the left is from Homestore & More (buy it here) and it’s still on sale, (the other one I have for years). I have my ‘every day work preparation essentials’ in it – make up, hair dryer and straightener – so I just pull it out in the morning and I have everything to hand! Throw them back in, put it back in the wardrobe, close the wardrobe and off I go and everything is together for the next morning. The other one is for socks and underwear until I get my chest of drawers.
Ikea storage boxes. Of course I have more ‘stuff ‘ than what was in that little plastic locker and thankfully the wardrobe in our spare room has some really large built-in drawers so I purchased these little space savers in Ikea – I try to put some organisation on them – one is for hair products, other for make up, perfumes etc. – I know it looks muddled but it’s organised…kinda organised chaos but I know where everything is!
Buy them here – €7 for 6 boxes
Baskets. These are so handy to keep your skincare products at hand if you don’t have much storage space in your bathroom and they are so pretty too. I spotted these lovely ones in Penneys, but you can also pick up affordable ones in Dunnes and Heatons too – these 2 were just €6 for the pair. If you have children, you could also use them to store their little bits and bobs…I saw some on a baby-changing table recently for holding nappies, powders, creams and all those little essentials you need to have close by.
Jars. I made over 100 of these jars before my wedding to hold tea-lights and they are now in the homes of my friends and family. They were super-easy to make as I bought a huge roll of lace for €7 and that covered all those jars, plus I bought a large string of pearls and they were around €5. So you can imagine how much they would cost if you were only to make a small amount – all the jars are empty mayonnaise, beetroot and salsa jars which people kindly gave me (all the salsa jars were ours…like how much salsa did we eat the year of the wedding? 😂 ) Now I used them to hold cotton-wool/buds, my make up brushes, spare buttons etc. and they look so pretty.
I never got one of these little cosmetic organisers – they were sold out in every Penneys within 24 hours apparently! They will be re-stocked again in 2 weeks so keep your peepers peeled and keep me informed too!
So that’s it ladies, I’m certainly not saying my house is in anyway organised…it’s soooo not and there are still boxes to be unpacked everywhere since we moved. I hope these little storage saving ideas will help you.
Have a fun weekend.
T x 💖