My Wardrobe…

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…is quite frankly.  A mess.  I am the “before” in wardrobe makeover programs.

The above is the current rotation that greets me daily.  What you do not see is stored close by:  knits are folded away in drawers.  Coats and jackets are in a little coat room. Shoes line the standing mirror and the end of my bed (the rest are inside a vintage standing closet).

More clothes are downstairs in a basement hanging on clothes rails.  I dream of one day swinging open double doors into an expansive space of multiple shelving systems and pared down clothes hung neatly in sections.  I have seen the immaculate wardrobes of others and my mouth opens slowly in awe.   I have also seen those who embrace a shabbier chic approach: items drape everywhere in a mish mash of stylish pieces that feels like a girl in a permanent state of fun try ons.  For me it’s the latter aesthetic that appeals.  The Aladdin’s cave imperfectness.

However there is a fine line between shabby chic and a big mess, hence the reason for this post.

I’m trying to think of the best way to organize everything.  Should I group by color or by category regardless of color?  I’m thinking by category first then each category by color. What do you do?

ps. Check my FB for a video peek of some fave pieces in the wardrobe.

Speaking of help.  I am taking a quick poll: 




  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03113748270188888062 Vanessa Adams

    Category and then color is the best way. But you have to what works best for you. You should also categorize your bags.



    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      That’s what I’m thinking….thx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00273517365832446003 Melissa

    Compared to mine I would t say your wardrobe is a mess. I have clothes just thrown in the bottom of mine

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11059617160978797439 ZADIN

    It’s messier than mine… But this is not totally bad, I’m sure that after you organize you won’t find anything.


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07742009826475965744 Z

    This is what I wish my wardrobe looked like. No Kidding.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05479660870779798748 Maggie Adofo

    You are totally shabby chic!!!


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Thx Maggie! I definitely want to sort it though before it goes too fare into shabby sh** !

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06511511885548289730 Vani

    Well organising by category and color is more practical. But if you’re going for shabby chic organising just by color will give a prettier and more inspirational effect I think.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06999118018992895916 Gemma Hayley

    I hardly have any clothes but I like to group in category and then arrange them in rainbow order. I also keep similar items next to each other (e.g. tops and jumpers)I also like to change it around for the season so I recently moved all my jumpers/cardigans so they are easier to get to and any solely summer clothes are packed away in drawers. It makes it so much easier in the morning when I’m getting ready for work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06999118018992895916 Gemma Hayley

    I hardly have any clothes but I like to group in category and then arrange them in rainbow order. I also keep similar items next to each other (e.g. tops and jumpers)I also like to change it around for the season so I recently moved all my jumpers/cardigans so they are easier to get to and any solely summer clothes are packed away in drawers. It makes it so much easier in the morning when I’m getting ready for work.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06999118018992895916 Gemma Hayley

    I don’t have many clothes but I like to organize mine in category then in rainbow order. Making sure seasonal items are in easy to reach place to make getting ready for work quicker.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01176243240937929546 betty

    Hell of a mess but I do love it … Can spot my fav balancinga boots x

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Good eyes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08577709068519104458 FJ

    You have a lot of bags

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen


  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03267081304801606021 Sara

    It’s a beautiful mess at least…. my own wardrobe needs to be over hauled for winter (summer clothes go into storage and winter clothes comes out) and probably could use a purge (except that usually means I’ll just go buy more things)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      LOL sounds like me but purging SHOULD leave what I both need AND want to keep if done well to avoid too many additional unexpected purchasing

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12911845471324742172 Eleanor

    what i would give to own this wardrobe! and i dont mind the mess either!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01088696050158584122 Viktoria Kovacs

    Actually, its not THAT messy. But I would organize by category. I normally don’t worry about the color coordination, only if I have a lot of items in one category. I don’t care for too much order, but I am always torn about whether to hang or fold my knits. I am jelly over our closet btw!

  • http://www.pinkcheetahvintage.com/ PinkCheetahVintage

    Makes me feel a little better that your closet isn’t perfectly organized! I am a mess–clothes everywhere, packed in suitcases, shoes lined under the bed and on the shelves of my tv stand lolzzz

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14165083680173613219 C.A.R.

    I want this!!


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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11354641990735355045 Lubna

    Quite a mess, I agree – but so much fun for a whole new makeover! I personally love these challenges and would be so glad to help. I coordinate my clothes from color – I read once that it makes it easier to get dressed and also makes you aware of what color you have the most of, so that you don’t buy more of it and concentrate on the color you have the less of.

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  • http://anorexicescapades.com/ BougieHippie

    I use to have the same problem with my wardrobe and the solution was downsize.

    What I do before I organize it rid myself of this I will not wear again. Hard to do but must be done. Next, I make piles:wear now, store, sell and give away. Then, group into season winter/fall & spring/summer (current season goes up front) lastly I group buy color and length. As well as hanger plays and important part I color code by hangers it helps save space and find things more inefficiently.

    Hope this helps.


    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05623095025020138653 Karen

      Thank you! I am going through a get rid of pile now. A purge is definitely the first step before the sort out. I like yours.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09682361530659376576 Karolina B-H

    Looks like you need a bigger closet :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13472600875442879190 Pearl

    I divide my closet according to occasions and seasons. Like formal, casual, sleepwear, the inbetweeners and so on. And I fold my casual pieces and hang formal pieces. The best thing for bags (if you like to display them) is to invest in a coat rack/hat stand or a even an easel to hang stuff like bags and jewellery. I store my jewellery in this plastic mini cupboard with 3 drawers, so it’s accessible. Hope this helps! PS- I FRICKIN’ WANT EVERYTHING IN YOUR CLOSET.

  • http://thrillofthechaise.com/ thrillofthechaise.com

    Love seeing your outfit posts. It’s always brilliant to learn from how you style yourself :)



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00261341731186339900 Candace Belle

    You know Karen it is really unfair to vote on the poll because I really enjoy all of what you post. Sorry that’s not help but it is a fact! Your blog is excellent just the way it is…signed a dear fan :-)


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      I had the same problem 😉

  • http://stitchwitchcottage.com/ stitchwitchcottage.com

    I sort my clothes by type. Long sleeve, short sleeve, short dresses, long dresses, tanks and camisoles, sweaters, vests… It helps to have a bit of a closet storage system with short racks and a tall rack and some shelves. And all my bags go in a big clear storage bin so they don’t fall on my head and are easy to get to.

    I opt for organized but I do love the look of the boho mish mash draping scarves… Just don’t have time to deal with that early in the morning.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12092428859356279469 Ana Rodrigues

    My wardrobe is a huge mess, if you find out a way, tell me, PLEASE.!!

    ps: i love your blog, even though i can’t buy the clothes and live in a different hemesphiere

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