Out with the Old


seahorse shirt

So I’m on major decluttering rampage. It all started as a goal to get my craft room in order, but turns out I’m saving that for last because it will be such a huge job. I spent most of yesterday tackling drawers, closets, and kitchen cupboards and filled the back of my CRV with stuff for Goodwill.

I really respect a minimalist lifestyle, but that will never be me. I’m a collector, I love unique and colorful things. But don’t worry- I like order too much to ever reach hoarder status :) I really made it my mission to pass along things that just aren’t useful or being worn by me anymore. The hard part about cleaning out closed off spaces is that from the surface it doesn’t look like I did anything, so I keep opening doors and drawers to remind myself how much I accomplished. Nothing like constant pats on the back for more motivation…


top: Target- $5 sale last summer
skirt: F21
lady tie: Flapper Girl
shoes: Swedish Hasbeens
anchor brooch: thrifted


It’s crazy to think I moved to Arizona, only with what fit in my Honda Civic and all the things I’ve amassed since then. I swear, moving every year was the perfect solution for keeping your possessions down to the necessities- living in the same place for 6 years has changed everything!

On a lighter note- this top is covered in pink seahorses, so of course it is staying in my closet (for now…)!

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16 Responses to Out with the Old

  1. Ashley says:

    That top is so cute and such a great deal! I too am a collector but I’ve been doing so much organizing lately. I took about 4 trash bags of clothes to Goodwill last week. It actually FEELS better, even if the results don’t look like much :).

  2. Kristian says:

    Decluttering does lead to such a rush and feeling of accomplishment. Good for you for doing it though because it is not an easy job!

    Also- of course seahorses must stay!

  3. Rebecca says:

    Yay for having a big clean out! It’s great to “re-find” things you forgot about!

    Idealism never goes out of fashion

  4. Angela says:

    YES pink seahorses always belong in everyone’s closet. I love that print! The whole de-clutter thing must be in the air, I’ve been ripping through closets and rooms as well! Happy organizing! :)

  5. Ellie says:

    Love this outfit! Perfect combination of cute and classy :) I’m moving soon so I’ve been on a total decluttering spree as well haha. It’s so crazy how much stuff I have that I don’t need to keep.

  6. Anna says:

    This goes without saying, but you’re the absolute cutest! :D I’ve always wanted one of those kinds of neck ties. I must find some!

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, by the way! I really appreciated it! <3

    – Anna


  7. Taylor says:

    Getting rid of stuff for me is fun and a great thrill, it always feels good afterwards! Ha ha, this is such a cute little seahorse print button up and I seriously need to invest in some Flapper Girl Ties. Like one in every color perhaps!

  8. Becca says:

    Oh man, decluttering sounds so good right now. My closet is currently a nightmare, so I need to do some serious work on it. The problem is, summer’s calling so I can hardly stand to keep myself inside. Sigh.

    Love this outfit. Those seahorses are too cute!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  9. Miki says:

    Hi, Lisa! Oh, my! It’s been ages since I last visited your blog :/. I’m glad to finally come back :). I love that top! And can’t believe you got for only 5 bucks. Every time I go to Target and go through their racks, I never find anything cute for that cheap.

    This post has reminded me that I need to declutter myself, too … I just don’t feel like it, haha; especially not now that our AC broke down.

    Hope your week’s off to a great start! ;P

  10. Justine says:

    I am just like you, I love vintage and kitsch and cute items too much that sometimes I get the habit of collecting a lot of random things but I am an organization freak so I could never get to hoarder status. But I love cleaning sometimes and feeling the freedom of letting go to items you no longer need and also feeling proud that you simplified your life a little. And I totally don’t blame you for keeping on to that shirt!

  11. Marisa says:

    I’ve been cleaning out my garage the last couple….ugh, such an undertaking. It’s so bad, we don’t even park our cars in it, haha, but hopefully by the end of this summer it will finally be a respectable place. Good luck with your summer cleaning as well!

    Um, seahorses!!! Your outfits always make me swoon. Loving the lady tie as well Lisa.

  12. Jess says:

    Your top is so so cute! And so are your shoes, although I think I might have mentioned that before :) I’ve been doing some decluttering recently too. It’s satisfying but I’m not very good at it, I always like to keep things because what if I need it in the future! xx

  13. Love this cute look, especially the lady tie! I feel the same way about minimalism – love it in both home decor and fashion, but I am too attracted to crazy colors and prints for it to be realistic for me!

    xo Hannah


  14. Jessica says:

    You look lovely and more power to you on decluttering! I’ve been working on that in recent months (mostly because my apartment has ZERO storage and it’s such a challenge.

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