May 11, 2012

The Simplicity Project: Cleaning out the closet

I am almost embarassed to say that everything is from H&M. Oops. 

We all have them in our wardrobes, those items you only wore once, that don't seem to match anything else in your closet or items that you wish you had never bought. They take up our precious space and they certainly are of no help when you are having one of those days. Time for some cleaning!

♥ Remix, Remix, Remix. Before I send my misfits to the thriftstore, I always try to style them up in at least 3 different ways. And I really have to like the outfits I come up with. It's a very easy trick to seperate the good from the bad! Maybe you finally see that that one misfit wasn't that wrong after all!

♥ The replacement list. Check all your items for rips, holes, broken zippers, decoloration etc. All items that are no longer wearable or fixable have to go. Have no mercy! Then, make a list of all the items you want to replace. For example, my black cardigans have worn off and the colour is completely faded. Since my black cardigans are the ultimate basics of my wardrobe I put them on a list of items that need replacement.

♥ Go chic or go nowhere. A very helpful tool to use when you are cleaning out your wardrobe is to digitalize your wardrobe with Go Chic Or Go Home. I threw everything on my bed and did what many have said to be an impossible task. I took a photo of literally every piece of clothing in my wardrobe (took me less than an hour!) and uploaded those photos onto go chic or go home. It's a fantastic way to visualize your closet and get an idea of what you have in there. Every item can be categorized and you get to see your wardrobe from a whole new perspective. It's really easy and comes in very handy when doing a Spring clean! You should try it! By the way, this way you have to look at everything and you might even rediscover things, like I did with the dress in these photos.

By uploading my whole wardrobe onto Go Chic I found out that I don't have any doubles (hooray!), but there are a whole lot of gaps in this wardrobe o'mine! Here's a list of these gaps, and the things I threw out:

Basic coloured skirts
A pair of black heels
A pair of nude heels
Patterned tops
Striped dress

Black F21 blazer
Mango 70s dress
H&M dress
Some scarfs
2 Friis and Company bags
H&M blouse
Vintage lace dress
Zara dress
Stadivarius dress
H&M tunic



  1. Your dress is absolutely darling! I have yet to have an outfit post where everything is from one store ;P That site is amazing! I'm going to have to try it out myself sometime! <3


  2. that's a neat way of getting organized! i started that dreadful task of cleansing my's so much fun for the first hour & then it's horrific. but i think you look very cute! glad the dress got another chance because it's pretty cute.

  3. sweet dress...perfect for your style

  4. Lovely outfit - that is a really nice dress! I would be much too embarrassed to take a photo of all the items in my closet! I have a LOT! And I know I have many duplicates ;)

  5. Such a cute outfit! H&M has lovely stuff my almost entire closet is H&M!


  6. Wow, this sounds like an incredible idea!! Thanks for posting about it! Love your dress---it's got such a romantic feel! The cardi is perfect over it!

  7. You are a go-getter lol! Impressive that you cleaned your closet. I can't imagine! But seriously, thanks for posting the website and I'll check it out. Your dress is so pretty!

  8. I am lovin those kitten heels... I could use a pair myself!


  9. The dress is very cute and romantic!
    I loved the pictures!
    Kisses and good weekend for you!

  10. Love this dress, and that last photo is really pretty :)

    I would love to do a big spring clean, but I'm so lazy when it comes to cleaning out my closet. Can I have the items you're getting rid of? ;)

  11. So cute - you look so beautiful in soft colors :)


  12. Doesn't it feel so good to get rid of the things that just aren't working?? I'm glad you've been having good luck simplifying :) I'm planning on uploading photos to GCOGH this weekend so that I can get to work mixing pieces. I can't wait to get started!

  13. That sounds like an awesome way to take inventory and to decide what to keep and what to donate! Next time I have a few hours, I might just try it! That dress is adorable, and you look great in purple. :)

    Mini Me Style Blog

  14. you look so pretty :)

  15. Cute!
    Amazin <3

  16. you look amazing!love your style!
    follow you!if you want check out my blog!

  17. Such a cute outfit! I love how good it feels after you've cleaned out your closet. Like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders or something!

  18. Cute dress!
    Would love for you to stop by my blog!


  19. You look lovely, hun!

    Happy Weekend-ing!

    xx Love & Aloha

  20. love your outfit, but.. but... you have so beautiful nails ♥

  21. I tell you, going through my closet challenge at the beginning of this year was the best thing I could have done for myself, hehe. Good luck!

  22. cute blog and love that dress! Just wanted to say hi! :)

  23. Love the dress. I really need to clean my wardrobe out too. I keep meaning to do it before I move next door but I still haven't got round to it haha!

  24. Oooh dat kleedje is zo tof! Ik had het al gezien in de H&M maar paars is echt niet zo mijn kleur. Tstaat u wel beeldig!

  25. Hi there!

    I am moving to Bruges or Ghent with my Fiancee next year, as a fellow red head, you can help me suss out the fabric shops that you have found on your travels shopping :D

    I will make you a dress in return as I am a dressmaker :D

    Bundana x

  26. Great post Nikki - I always feel awesome when I clean out my closet :) Love your dress, and those heels are SO cute!

    The Other Side of Gray

  27. Cute look and pics :)

    I invite you to

  28. Love this dress ! You're so pretty :)


  29. I sort of am intrigued by the idea of this uploaded closet thing. I found that I had several things missing when I was traveling and I've been busy tracking them down (a trench is on the list).

    xo Mary Jo

  30. Hi Nikki,
    your button on my blog looks a bit weird with a space on the left side...I dont know why?!

  31. I love when I find things I haven't worn in a long time in my closet. This is a great post about cleaning out your wardrobe. I need to do that so badly. There are things in my closet I haven't worn since high school. Oops!

  32. need to take stock of my wardrobe too! I shop at goodwill and love to give life to old pieces!

  33. super super cute


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