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Organizing Camisoles

For many people, camisoles are a wardrobe essential and it’s easy to accumulate a collection. I’ve tried a few different ways for organizing camisoles. My favorite, by far, is on a belt hook.

Before I tell you why – I’d like to show you a few other options you could consider for your wardrobe based on your organizing style and preferences.

On Hangers

  • One hanger for every camisole. If you like to hang clothing and have ample closet-rod space, this could be a nice option for you. It allows you to easily see each camisole and its details such as color, length and trim. For my closet, though, this method took up too much rod space.
  • Camisoles organized by color, per hanger. This method lasted a few months for my closet. I love that it was more compact than the previous method mentioned, but I found that I wasn’t a fan of having to remove some camisole straps to get to another that was a layer or two deep. You may want to give this a try!

  • Camisoles on shower rings, all on a single hanger. I’ve seen on Pinterest and some other blogs that people love this method. I can see why. It’s a space saver, for sure. However, having to unlock the closure of the ring every time I wanted a camisole wasn’t a fit for my organizing style, so this method lasted about a week before I scrapped it. Given how popular this seems to be, it may work for you, so don’t knock it ‘til you try it!

Folded in Drawers

  • If you like to fold rather than hang, this could work for you. My only qualm is that this method makes it hard to discern the differentiators for each camisole such as the length of the top or if it has detailing such as lace trim. If I had more drawer space, I might consider this as my second favorite method, but the belt hook won out! Tip: consider separating the folded camisoles using a sock-drawer divider with labels for an even faster way to find the one you’re looking for.

On a Belt Hook

  • This is my winner (so far – never know what the future holds!). With this method, it’s so easy to see what I have and it’s super easy to take out each item and put it back. I keep this in my closet on the rod, but you could hang it somewhere else in your home, of course.

While you may think it’s trivial to spend so much thought and time organizing something as simple as a camisole, when you combine it with the other organization tools I’ve put into my wardrobe, getting dressed is a breeze, since a lot of the stress and guesswork has been taken out of the process.

What are some of your favorite things to organize for a more streamlined day?

Organizing a Medicine Cabinet

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Recently, I helped some of my family settle into a new home in Edina, Minnesota. I rolled up my sleeves, eager to help them put organizing systems in place.  My immediate family is well aware of my love for organizing, so they let me be as I busily began clearing off kitchen counters.

Opening a large cardboard box in an adjacent room, my sister unearthed a plastic shoebox and a paper bag filled with pharmacy items. With three little ones under the age of seven running around the house, there were bound to be ‘owies’ in need of anti-bacterial ointment and sore throats in need of cough drops, so I parked myself in front of a cupboard to create a family medicine cabinet. I began by sorting the lotions, potions and pills into two major categories: adult medicine and children’s medicine. Items that were expired were tossed out and the name of the product was added to a shopping list.

The adult medicine made its way into containers on a higher shelf. Without having my usual tools in place (my beloved label maker, three kinds of sharpies, bins with dividers…), the task to compartmentalize and label to my heart’s desire was initially daunting. I improvised with the items I was able to scrounge up: post-its, a pen and tape.

For the children’s medicine and the remaining items, I sorted like-with-like. Soon, I noticed we’d need a way to help items stay with their brethren in the cabinet, reducing the likelihood that it would become a catch-all shelf of jumbled products. Rummaging through a hallway closet, I happened upon two unused pot-lid organizers, which were repurposed to serve as shelf dividers for the items most frequently purchased. By lining up the duplicate bottles of Benedryl, Pepto, Motrin and Tylenol in rows as you might find on a store shelf, the hope is that my brother and sister-in-law will easily be able to see if they have enough of these commonly sought after items ‘in stock’ before purchasing another.

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The medicine cabinet organization in progress…I wish I had brought my label maker!

Cough drops were poured into a canister. The collection of thermometers and syringes were corralled into a small container. A box for ‘my tummy hurts!’ was labeled and filled with the accompanying items.

We were only in Minnesota for the weekend, so although it was not a picture-perfect result, it is now more functional than having all of the products mixed into a box and a bag at the bottom of a moving box.

You may have seen from a previous post on Triple Knots how I organize my medicine. It’s still one of my favorite organizing systems in the house! If you’re looking to get your pharmacy purchases in order, I recommend checking out the video and related blog.

Do you have any great tips for organizing a medicine cabinet? If so, we’d love to hear about them in the comments section below.

Q&A with a Professional Organizer [‘How to Start Decluttering’ Edition]

This week’s guest blog post comes to us from Bonnie Dewkett, a certified professional organizer who began organizing as a child, and has been organizing ever since. Her company, The Joyful Organizer, creates and implements organizational systems for both the home and office. Passionate about helping others meet their organizational goals, Bonnie loves to see the positive impact that getting organized has on people’s lives.


“I need to declutter, but I’m having trouble letting go of sentimental items or practical things that I might need ‘someday.’ What should I do?”

The best thing is to ask yourself what it’s costing you to keep the item.  If you pay rent or a mortgage you’re paying a per foot cost for everything in your home.  If it’s not worth that cost, out it goes.  Many items can be replaced for much less than you are paying to store them.  Another question to ask yourself is: “If I moved today, would I pay someone to move this for me?”  If the answer is no, donate it.

For sentimental items, I suggest giving yourself (and every other family member in the household) a limit.  For example, one tote per person.  The items inside the tote can change over time, but keeping your sentimental items limited is key.

If something is very meaningful to you, consider finding a way to honor it. For example, before donating something, I like to take a photo of it. You could also consider projects such as framing a piece of a wedding dress, using a shadow box for jewelry, or making a quilt from old t-shirts.

“When I start organizing a very cluttered space (attic, garage, etc.). I get overwhelmed by the volume of stuff. How do I stay motivated when it feels like there’s no end in sight?”

Break every large organizing project down into smaller tasks.  If you’re organizing the garage, make yourself a list.  It might look like this:

  • Sort through boxes
  • Sweep the floor
  • Add in shelves
  • Buy totes
  • Hang garden tools

Breaking a large project down into tasks makes it seem less overwhelming. It also allows you to find the time for each smaller task.  If you’re sorting through a number of boxes, remove those boxes, one at a time to another space.  Going through them one at a time allows you to focus and keeps the feeling of being overwhelmed to a minimum.

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“Is there one product or tool that you think everyone should use to help them stay organized?”

I love binders.  By inserting page protectors you can store just about anything; take out menus, manuals for appliances, printables, photos, and so much more.  My other favorite is the over-the-door shoe rack.  These are available at just about every super store (and even some dollar stores) and they can hold ANYTHING.  I love to use them for toys, snacks, water bottles, first aid supplies, accessories like scarves and mittens, arts and crafts supplies or even dolls.

“If someone is looking for professional help, but they’re not sure about how to budget for it or what type of services to get, what advice would you give to them?”

There are lots of affordable options out there for every budget.  Many organizers will design a plan for you so that you know what to do and when to do it.  It takes the guesswork out of the process.  Other organizers can even help you virtually through phone calls or videoconference sessions.  This keeps you accountable and on task.  If you can’t afford an organizer, find an organizing buddy with a neighbor or friend.  Spend time helping each other get organized and holding each other accountable for your goals.

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For more information, visit The Joyful Organizer website or email info@thejoyfulorganizer.com.