17 Jul 2015 78 comments

5 Things: Declutter Your Space.


I have truly become obsessed with decluttering lately; although I’ve long since accepted that I’ll never be a ‘minimal’ person, I do like everything in its place! Since I’ve been spending a lot of time reshuffling and reorganising, I thought I’d share some advice.

Have A Sort Out
The first step to any sort of reshuffle is to cut down on the amount of stuff you actually have. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be holding on to stuff from years ago. I have a rule that if I haven’t worn it or whatever in 6 months or so, it needs to find a new home. I usually start by setting up a bin bag for old junk and rubbish, a recycling pile for packaging etc. and a charity box and/or a ‘for friends’ pile for stuff that is too nice to throw away, but hasn’t been touched by me in months.
You have to be pretty ruthless during this stage, if you want a nice, organised life then you have to commit to parting with some of your old clutter. It’s the circle of liiiife.

Think About Storage
If your stuff is everywhere, you’re probably lacking in the storage department. I recommend you head to a storage department and get stocked up, I usually go to IKEA since they are the masters in home organisation. I bought two of the Alex drawers on castors a while back and it was one of the best decisions ever. If you don’t need anymore furniture, think about other ways you can store your belongings – storage boxes under beds, rejigging hallway cupboards so there’s more room, hanging shelves, making proper use of drawers…

Drawer Dividers
This could have been added to the above, but I think it deserves its own heading. Drawer dividers are what it’s all about, people! They keep everything organised, they look pretty and you can really make better use of the space.
I bought a whole load in bulk from MUJI recently and it’s been so much fun organising everything! I love the Vanity Cases, as well as the Storage Boxes – so handy and they usually slot in nicely to most drawers. Alternatively, follow my DIY on how to make your own here.

Chop and Change It
Sometimes I organise a whole drawer and realise it doesn’t work, or it would be better another way – it’s all trial and error, so play around with your area and see what works best. For makeup tables, acrylic storage is great for overspill and holding lipsticks, while the drawers are best for everyday items. For bedside tables, I recommend keeping your essentials close to hand, and leaving the rest in a bathroom or tucked away in a drawer.
It’s all about finding a place for everything; remember, if it’s something you need, make it easy to get hold of. Things like cleaning supplies and sports equipment need to be put away properly, but they also need to be reached easily when you need them, so keep this in mind. I find that this thinking is what keeps my house tidy.

Keep It Nice
So, you’ve spent an entire day putting everything in its place. It looks beautiful, you’re feeling like the ideal person… so let’s keep it that way. Put everything back in its place, keep things lookin’ pretty and don’t let your hoarder ways slip up.

Have you got any tips on organising and decluttering?

  • Karen (lovelygirliebits)

    I’m about the declutter my makeup room now and this has given me lots of inspiration! I’ve got two of the Alex on castors stacked one on top of the other and love it and want to get those Muji organisers come pay day. I love the idea of having nail polishes laid out like yours so will have to do a major cull and try it myself!

  • Charlรซy

    Thank you this is very helpful I’m not very good at decluttering

  • I’m doing this right now in both my new wardrobe and new bathroom, so this post comes at such a great time! I love the concept of these storage boxes – how you can change them depending on what you need them for. If only we had Muji here!

    Lion in the Wild // http://www.lioninthewild.com

  • I like to keep everything tidy and organized according to what I use more regularly. My twin sister is the exact opposite but she’s getting better with time. Careful storing your nail polishes horizontally, just make sure to shake them gently once in a while so they don’t dry out in the cap.

  • emily couture

    I love organising and tidying my make up collection ๐Ÿ™‚

    emily xx


  • Ellie Gull

    I wish i could be this organised, but unfortunately i am a terrible hoarder :/

  • I love having a sort out haha. Try to do it every 6 months when the seasons change x


  • Evelien

    I love the way you organised your nailpolish! What did you use?

  • Love your organisation, it looks amazing and so neat!

    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD // Enter my ยฃ180+ Summer Giveaway here

  • WOW you’re crazy organized, especially with the nail polish! I use dividers as well, but I just throw all my nail polish in their section without lining them up haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • If i de-clutter i always use the rule my mum used to make me do 1. Have you used it in the last 6 months? 2. Have you ever used it! haha x

    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  • Such great tips! Thanks Kate! I used to be such a hoarder but after a few good clear outs, I’ve learnt to be a lot more minimal and organised. The only thing I find it hard to let go of now is clothes, I always worry that one day I’ll need them for something!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

  • Drawer inspiration ๐Ÿ˜› I wish my drawers looked like yours
    I’mma have a quick rummage through mine.
    Awesome pics =D

    Feathers and Brushes | Swiss | Beauty & Lifestyle

  • Leila Gunn

    I have draw dividers and my wardrobe is STILL cluttered. Wish I wasn’t such a hoarder ๐Ÿ™ Love how organised your wardrobe is though!


  • I’m all about the storage and I can’t wait to move so I can reorganise mine better and as I want it – I just got excited over storage I’ve hit the age haven’t I?

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • I’m always looking for new storage ideas and I find drawer dividers such a life saver x


  • I love storage and it always makes me feel better when I have a big clear out! I recently had one the other day and I’m currently attempting to sell everything which isn’t happening at the moment XD

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  • really great tips ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sunny

    Ah, love your setup! And great tips ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I had a MASSIVE CLEANOUT recently inspired by Marie Kondo ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’ yet somehow I’m not quite the minimalist I wish I could be – I’ve just resigned myself to the fate of hoarder. I keep my clutter somewhat under control with lots of Muji acrylic storage (makeup, jewellery, stationery etc) and lots of attractive storage that doubles up as furniture (ottoman, trunks, trays etc).

    By best organising suggestion for all the stuff I don’t have room for?

    …Buy a bigger house. x

    Jasiminne / Posh, Broke, & Bored – Luxury lifestyle blog

  • One quote I adore is “Keep nothing in your house that you don’t consider to be useful or beautiful”. xx

  • Jadie

    I must invest in acrylic drawers as my mine flaw is makeup mess, everything goes away in my drawers but I end up with a pile on my desk as I can’t be asked to put it away just to get it out the next day, nightmare! These tips will definitely help, great post ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jadie | http://www.jadiespillett.com

  • Caroline

    These are some great tips, especially the 6 months “rule”. I’ll try to have a big cleanout twice a year (clothes, shoes, bags etc) and some smaller ones whenever I feel like that involves makeup, sometimes clothes, and all the bits and bops that I tend to hoard in drawers

  • Isobel Oldland

    Love this! (and im obsessed with the sunglasses! )


  • Your make up and accessory drawers look beautiful. This is a great post with really good tips. I really need to pay a visit to Muji and pick up some storage container and dividers.

    Beth x

  • I needed this post so much, I’m a complete hoarder if I’ll be honest ๐Ÿ˜‰ Your accessories drawer is so pretty by the way!

    Frankie | Crazyblondegal

  • Siobhan Rothwell

    I love keeping everything in its own little place! Drawer dividers sound amazing!!


  • rebekah maryx

    everything looks so organised and pretty love it need to put my finger out and declutter!


  • Very Helpful. Thank you!

    With Love,

    Anna || Curly Scribbles

  • Kathryn

    I’v recently cleared out my stash but it quickly became a mess again. I need to keep on top of things and always put things back in the right place rather than dumping them on the side.

    Kathryn /Cherries in the Snow

  • Alana Says…

    Desperately need to do this!! I’m going to have to be so strict with myself though as I’m such a hoarder xx

    Alana Saysโ€ฆ//www.alana-says.blogspot.co.uk//Fashion and lifestyle

  • I’ve always thought that if you need more storage, you’ve got too much stuff. And if you sit down and really think about it, it’s true. I mean, the less storage you need, the more minimal your collection of stuff has become. Why spend more money at Ikea or where ever if you don’t need to? Just declutter more often.

  • Kate

    I’m so anal about organization, and these photos are just making my soul happy.


  • Muji is so helpful for storage! They have a container for absolutely everything. One of my tips is to use desk or utensil dividers for bathroom drawers too!

    Adia | beauty luxe life

  • Oh wow, it’s all so organised! I have a dreadfully small room, so it regularly needs decluttering, but we have such a small amount of storage, it’s unreal.
    Very helpful post!

    Jessica Grimes | poppingpout.co.uk

  • Cait McDonah

    I love those ralph lauren sunglasses! any ideas where i can get my hands on them?

  • Katherine Wright

    I need to do this SO BADLY.

  • What a collection of Essie nail polishes!!! Amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Love your photos! You make everything so beautiful and organized ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I love reorganizing/cleaning my drawers, makeup table, and closet all the time!
    Haha it’s my go-to stress-reliever <3 Thank you so much for sharing !

    xoxo, elizabeth t.


  • Those drawers are SO gorgeous! I recently did an overhaul and completely reorganized my beauty storage. It was so satisfying!

  • Brilliant post! My room is currently looking like a hoarder’s paradise so I need to sort it asap x

    Josieโ€™s Journal

  • Wish I could keep my room organised but it just never works out ahaha!


  • From what I see, you’re not clutter-y at all! Thanks for the tips – sometimes I’ll be in a super productive mood and just throw out everything but other times I get nostalgic and can’t part with a thing. Storage is key in making your room not look like such a mess!

    Nabihah | The Sunday Wardrobe

  • This article is very informative and the tips in organizing beauty products are indeed great! You’v e done a great job with the drawer! ^^ I’ve always dreamed of a beautiful vanity, but for me it will only last 2 day after every cleanup..hihi


  • Such great tips! I really love to keep my space clean and organised, I freak out if I can’t find something haha! I also have far too many clothes but I just can’t bear to part with any of them!

    Toni x

  • Ellie C

    Love the look of your accessories! x

  • Great tips for storage ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Great tips, and the amount of times I chop & change my storage…I’m a nightmare!

    Annabel โ™ฅ
    Mascara & Maltesers

  • Great tips! Thank for sharing ^^


  • I love the drawer dividers.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • Drawer dividers are definitely what it’s all about, they’re SO good!


  • I think I need to go down to Muji and stock up!


  • You are like the queen of interior prettiness and organising… Love the way you have organised your stuff x

    Emma | ohflowerchild.blogspot.com

  • Love this post, I love your declutter posts!


  • Love how you add in those drawer dividers and how you organize the nail polishes. It’s true how you need to be ruthless to rid yourself of stuff you never use anymore (which I am trying now). ๐Ÿ™‚


  • Drawer dividers are so, so handy! I have fixed up one of my bathroom drawers with them, but the others need some TLC. x


  • Aleeha

    I really want to get the Alex drawers! They look really cute too.
    Aleeha from HALE, xXx

  • I love the ALEX drawers! I really need some drawer dividers now though!

    Kristi | Be Loverly

  • GoFashiondeals

    Oh my gosh, I wish I was that organized!

  • Mimi Rose

    love your organisation skills ๐Ÿ™‚

  • HAN

    You’ve got me craving drawer dividers, that’s normal right? I love a good afternoon re-organising stuff, it’s so weirdly therapeutic

    Hannah | http://www.hanvalentine.com

  • i have to have regular declutters, i’m such a hoarder… i wish i could organise my sunglasses like that though, they look so neat x
    natasha // eyebrows, inc.

  • Looking at this post made me feel really calm, is that weird? I can only imagine how lovely it must be for you. Great post!

  • You have a great collection of sunglasses showcased!


  • Lissy

    I have such organisation envy right now! I’ll definitely be taking a storage shopping trip for some drawer dividers, they make everything look so pretty!xx
    Lissy | lissyslife.com

  • purplelibrarian

    Great ideas! Now the hard part- keeping it that way!

  • Julia

    I’m just like you! Not a minimalist but still love the look of a clean space! I’ve been decluttering like crazy as well and it seriously feels so good. Nothing like coming home to a tidy room!



  • I really need some of them dividers. I’m a total minimalist, and love de-cluttering!


  • I totally need to declutter my makeup collection too…Sometimes I forget I own certain stuff and then I find it randomly…Or worse, buy more without realizing that I have spare pieces ๐Ÿ˜‰


  • Decluttering is something that I need to do. My house just seems to be bursting with all the homeward stuff that we have. My wardrobe doors are struggling to close and I really need to get back in to my sewing room and gut that bad boy out!




  • Great tips, wanna start right now in my closet…it is a mess!
    xo Kristina

  • Rachel Ang

    Great tips!!! Amazing job!

    Rachel x

  • Ilah Ekamper

    I’m loving these tips and I’m definitely going to use them!


  • Great tips ๐Ÿ™‚

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs โ™ฅ

  • I love the Alex drawers! I’ve got a tall set and the file cabinet version. Great way to get organized. I need to work on getting rid of stuff! Great tips.

    Brittany | thechicette.com

  • Love your post. Should help me declutter ๐Ÿ™‚

    x https://ahsknaka.wordpress.com/

  • Very useful tips, love it. Here is my article on a same topic. Feel free to visit for more wardrobe detox tips

    Yukova x