Cleanin’ out my closet – Part 2

Carrie wardrobe

Hello ladies and hello February! (and Storm Henry!)

It’s a new month and it’s that time of the year…time to Spring clean! *I can hear the sighs already.

This is part two of my blog post about clearing out your closet…and this time it’s how to tackle the dreaded wardrobe.

Here’s the drill!

Stop putting it off – devote a few committed hours to it and whatever you do, don’t start and then stop, as you will never go back it! So mark the calendar, turn off your phone, send the kids on a play-date, turn up some tunes and get going.

Take everything out of your wardrobe – YES the whole lot!

Make 3 piles – one for what you wear regularly, one for what you have worn in last 6 months and one for what you plan to wear in the next 6 months – simple! Anything remaining needs to go…maybe with the following few exceptions:

  • A dress/outfit for a wedding/event – if you bought something special and you know you will get another wear out of it, hold onto it…but if there’s no invites coming your way, say bye-bye!
  • Your wooliest Winter coat or a rain coat…yes, we all have them and thankfully we don’t need them 12 months of the year so hold onto these essentials especially in our little country as they will always be a requirement!
  • Summer holiday clothes, and by that I mean bikinis, sarongs etc. – you may not have been on a holiday in the last 6 months or mightn’t be planning one within the next 6 but hopefully you will get away soon, so hang onto these as you don’t need to be buying more! I store mine in a suitcase so they are all together and can be taken out for a quick whizz in the machine before I head away!


Try on the clothes you are keeping (the ones in the ‘next 6 months’ pile). This one I can’t stress enough.  Do not hold something up and say ‘this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it’.  That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your bra! Nope we don’t want that now do we. Get rid of it.

I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sake you don’t need to keep all of it.  Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway. Remember this saying…

” The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress” – Hubert de Givenchy

If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it….you know that top you love that keeps itching you everytime you wear it? Get rid.

Don’t forget those dresser drawers! Be sure to go through underwear and bras, socks and anything else in your drawers and follow the steps above. Add some drawer dividers to make it easier to find items and keep them sorted.

Unwanted clothes…what to do with them?

  1. Toss – if it’s just beyond wearable.
  2. Donate – to a friend, charity shop or pop in any of the clothes bins around your town.
  3. Sell – put them on ebay or set up a depop account and make some money!

Like I said in my last blog-post, hang as much as you can, without squashing it all together. If you missed Part 1, read it here.

Fold like items into neat piles such as jeans, jumpers, t-shirts and place them where you can clearly see them in your wardrobe.

I know it’s hard girls but it has to be done and you gotta be cruel to be kind. Your wardrobe will thank you! If anyone is in dire need of wardrobe sorting, please feel free to contact me to conduct a full wardrobe dissection…but be warned…I’ve been known to be ruthless!!

Tanya x




Cleanin’ out my closet – Part 1

Hello there,

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!

imageI’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.


Great for belts – buy in Penneys.


For scarves: this opens out into 12 loops…might need a few of these hangers!

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

imageBaskets. 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 💖