Day 14: Underwear Drawer {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering!  If you’ve missed any of the previous posts, there are links to them all here.

Today’s Easy Decluttering Project

Today we’re talking about decluttering your underwear drawer.  Again, this is one of those places that you use every day.  So if it’s cluttered it gets your day off to a frustrating start.  It’s hard to find what you’re looking for.  Or you don’t use some items because they are buried underneath the things you wear the most.  Either way it’s a waste of time or sometimes money.

Note:  Some people like having numerous bras and panties.  Other people use the same ones over and over and when they wear out they replace them with new ones.  I’m not telling you how many you should have or not have… I’m just giving you suggestions to help you decide which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to purge!  Like any of these decluttering posts, it’s entirely up to you.

Just remember the definition of clutter:  anything you don’t need, use, love, or have the space to store!

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you’ll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don’t forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don’t get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you’re doing this step, but don’t get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We’re focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Your Underwear Drawer

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your underwear drawer:

  • Throw out any undies with holes, as well as panties or bras that are worn out, stretched, or stained
  • Relocate underwear that belong in another family member’s drawer {it happens!}
  • Relocate any other items that have crept into this drawer that aren’t underwear
  • Give away or donate delicates that don’t fit you well {Note:  some people aren’t keen on the idea of donating undergarments but I think it’s a personal choice – if you do donate bras or panties, make sure they’re clean and in virtually new condition – would you want to buy these items second hand if they look old and used?}
  • Give away or donate underwear you haven’t worn in the last six months {there’s probably a reason you haven’t worn it – and unless that reason has changed, chances are pretty good that you won’t wear it any time soon}
  • Consider how often you do laundry and how many panties or bras you need and then give away or donate some if you have more than you need
  • Consider what styles of underwear and bras you wear now {not what you used to wear or what you think you should wear} and give away or donate those you don’t use
  • Think about how much space you have in your undies drawer and if you still have too many panties and bras for your space then purge some more.  You want to be able to easily find what you’re looking for when you’re getting ready in the morning!

Note: Check out textile recycling options in your area so you can recycle any undergarments you are decluttering. As long as they are clean then can be recycled, which is great for ones that are worn out, stretched, etc.

Even if you’re an organized person, your underwear drawer probably needs some occasional purging.  But if you haven’t done it in awhile, take a few minutes today to get it done.  You’ll be glad you did!

If You’re On A Roll…

You can declutter more than your own underwear drawer… take a peek at other family members’ drawers too.

Or if you’d like to organize your underwear drawer to make it easier to find what you’re looking for {and pretty to look at every day!}, you can add drawer organizers that are specifically designed for panties or bras. You can also add baskets or pretty boxes to keep like items together.

If you like folding your intimates, here’s a video showing Marie Kondo’s folding method.

Good luck with today’s decluttering project!  I’d love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment and use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you share your pictures.

How many panties or bras did you declutter today?  How do you organize your underwear drawer to keep the clutter at bay?  Any purging tips I missed?

If you need help decluttering, contact me for in-person organizing services in the Mississauga area, or virtual organizing services anywhere else.

Happy organizing decluttering!