Almost everyone can relate to the struggle that is overpacking. This task becomes especially problematic when you're going on a longer trip and feel the need to take everything you own along with you. Recently, I went away for about 2 weeks and luckily I stayed with family and had all of the normal conveniences that I am accustomed to, basically a washing machine and ample closet space.
Since I can do laundry while away, I only packed a few nights worth of pajamas and a few workout outfits. To save space, I rolled a top and bottom together and stacked them in one section of my suitcase.
To have lots of options and prepare myself for any weather possible, I packed a few extras and layering pieces, a stylish jacket, a cardigan, a rain jacket, jeans, and a belt. Packing these extras in a different space and/or pile helps to keep my suitcase more organized, since I'm not digging through and shuffling them around each time I go to find clothing.
When it comes to putting together basic outfits, I always like to streamline how many pieces of clothing I have to take. To keep my suitcase a little bit lighter, I only packed a few bottoms (this works when you have access to a washing machine). Then to go with each bottom, I packed a few shirt options, meaning I won't have to repeat the same exact outfit for the whole trip.
After I decided which pieces to pack and laid them all out together, I chose jewelry that will complete the outfits. I always lay everything out to make sure I don't pack a bunch of jewelry that won't coordinate with any of my outfits.
After laying out all my jewelry and deciding what to take and what to leave at home, I pack all the jewelry up in separate ziplocs/jewelry bags so I don't have to spend my hole vacation untangling necklaces. I like to put all of my small accessories in one place, which is where the eaglecreek packing cubes come in handy. These small storage pouches keep everything organized and protected.