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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?

Decluttering Dilemma: Does it Spark Joy?

In the popular book by Marie Kondo, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she recommends that as you sort through your belongings, you hold each item to help you determine whether it sparks joy. If the item doesn’t spark joy, you should remove it from your home (e.g., donate it, recycle it, repurpose it or toss it, as appropriate).

If I hold an item and it’s not sparking joy, then what is it sparking? Oftentimes, for me, it’s guilt.

I’ve been known to hold a beautiful scarf in my hands and turn it over a few times, only to gently put it back into the same drawer it came from. And there it sits for another 6-12 months until I open the drawer, take it out, feel the fabric run through my hands, mumble to myself with regret about the amount of hard-earned money that was spent, and wistfully put it back into its designated storage space. I don’t wear it because it’s uncomfortable — scratchy. And while it’s nice to look at, I don’t love it enough to turn it into a piece of artwork for my wall.

What is the cost of keeping these items? After all, it’s just a few square inches of drawer or shelf space. No big deal, right?

No. These things – dare I say “junk” or “stuff”? – add up to piles of clutter that emanate bad vibes. So piece by piece, I’ve learned to let things go. And it feels amazing.

What I’ve come to realize is that it doesn’t feel good to put an unloved and unused item back into its storage space. If it doesn’t fit my style or is no longer functional, then there’s no great reason to continue to allow it to take up space that could be used for an item that I’d want to use and love.

You know what feels good? Passing it on to be a blessing to someone else who would find the item useful and give it the respect it deserves.

Once I turned over the leaf from hoarding items out of guilt to moving them out of the house to be a blessing to someone else, it became addicting. One bag of donation items grew into two and then three. As it turns out, that scarf made an excellent gift-wrap option for another small boxed gift item.

But… I might need it someday!

I realize this may not be the case for everyone, but I think it’s worth mentioning:

In my 5+ year journey of decluttering, the regret of letting something go has only come up twice! Both, incidentally, were cords for electronics. The first issue was remedied by a $6 purchase on Amazon and the second by a quick text exchange: “Dad, do you have an extra Ethernet cord?” “Yes.”

The lesson I learned: it’s important for me to put labels on cords. Previously, I would let random cords pile up (albeit in neatly organized piles with twist ties to keep them looking orderly); however, since I didn’t know what purpose each cord served, the cords became clutter that I moved to the donation bin.

Otherwise, I’ve been ever so thankful to have a less cluttered, more serene home.

Some of you may be cringing: she’s been decluttering for 5+ years? Why, yes, I have. The purge is never fully complete. Sure, you might have one large pile to move out in a single go. However, the skill of discernment is constantly put to the test. I’ve had to learn to say “no” to items entering my home on an ongoing basis and it’s not easy, but necessary.

After going through a large purge and maintaining a somewhat clutter-free home, I’m no minimalist. I have one neck, but still there are more than a dozen scarves in my dresser. (I use a sock divider to organize my scarves, by the way!)

I have two feet, but more than a dozen pairs of shoes in my closet. Two wrists, but more than a dozen bracelets in my jewelry collection.

However, the items that I’ve kept are items that I use and appreciate.

Does less stuff=less stress? I think so! Has the decluttering bug bit you? What kind of impact has it had on your life?

DIY Lipstick Labels

With summer just around the corner, I’ve been inspired to incorporate more color into my daily appearance. It’s no secret that my days start early and I’m short on time in the morning, so it’s been hard to find the time for a decent makeup routine before I’m running out the door to the office.

Due to my time crunch, I’ve found that adding a bright pop of lipstick has been a nice solution to upping my workday appearance, but minimizing time spent with my makeup brushes and compacts. Not normally a big lipstick color person, I’ve made an effort to diversify my lipstick collection by incorporating in new shades and brands.

One challenge that I found was having to take the tops off each lipstick in order to remember which color it was. Add the fact that it’s still pretty dark when I get ready for work and I found myself slipping closer and closer to just heading to work au natural.

I realized I needed a new solution that allows me to see the colors quickly.

Solution? Labels with a spot of the actual lipstick color, and ideally with everyday supplies that you have around the house.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

This project doesn’t require much, and ideally you have all these things lying around the house. Items include:

  • A sheet of white shipping labels (Any size will do)
  • A pencil
  • A roll of packing tape
  • Scissors
  • A makeup tube that is slightly smaller in diameter than your lipstick tube. I used a travel-sized mascara.

Step 2: Measure Labels to Fit Your Lipstick Tubes

I used a smaller makeup tube (a sample-sized mascara) to measure out my labels. The mascara was the perfect size stencil, which allowed me to measure out a circle that was slightly smaller than the top of my lipsticks.

Step 3: Apply Lipstick to Labels

Carefully smear a generous helping of your lipstick onto the circle label. Be sure to give it some time to dry.

Step 4: Laminate Your Label

Not wanting to create lipstick smears on my morning fingers, I did a quick DIY lamination with clear packing tape.

Step 5: Cut Your Labels

Next was the hardest part for the girl who wasn’t the steadiest when it came to kindergarten scissor projects—cutting out the circle. I’ll be honest, mine were not perfect, but they certainly worked! Next, I peeled off the label backing a stuck it into the cap of my lipstick—voila!

One thing to consider when you’re making your labels is if you need to save the color style number or name for future purchases. In my case, I keep a separate list of my purchases and often bring the color in to the store to match. But for those who like to have the original label, consider taking a picture of the label before you cover it up.

Now when I look into my makeup drawer, I’m greeted by all my lovely colors, which allows me to select today’s shade in no time at all!

This simple DIY project can be completed with everyday things you likely have in our home or at the office.

Happy organizing, TK Readers!