Week 8 | 52 Weeks to Downsize & Minimalize | Undergarments

Have you taken a good look at the condition of your undergarments lately? Is your sock and underwear drawer overflowing, hard to open and close because it’s stuffed with too much? Are you a neat roller and folder, or a messy tosser and forgetter?

This week we are reviewing the state of your unmentionables: socks, underwear, bras, thongs, control undergarments, shape wear, boxers, briefs, singlets/tank tops, and undershirts. It’s time to take a good, honest look and decide whether or not these things are suitable to live on your body and take up space in your chest of drawers. You’re going to toss what is not worthy, and neatly organize the rest.

But first, let’s learn a few fun names for underwear to loosen up before you get started:

  • Panties
  • Drawers
  • Chonies – my favorite!
  • Bloomers
  • Skivvies
  • Jockeys
  • Undies
  • Knickers
  • Pretties
  • Unmentionables – I just learned this one!

10 Reasons to let those unmentionables go:

  1. they are too tight, baggy, or stretched so wide they no longer stay up
  2. they have holes, rips or tears you’re unwilling to repair RIGHT NOW
  3. they don’t support what they’re supposed to support
  4. they are made with itchy fabric
  5. they poke, prod, or hurt in any way (that underwire bra coming unwired… ouch! You feel me?)
  6. you’re getting infections by wearing them
  7. they have stains so deep, the toughest bleach in the world cannot help them
  8. they keep rolling up, rolling down, and twisting round and round
  9. they have been laying around untouched for at least one year, for any reason. You know what that reason is.
  10. because you simply do not like the look or feel of them on your body

Not good at picking out underwear? Read this: How To Choose Comfortable Underwear

How many pair of socks and underwear does one need? Answer: One for each day of the week.


Keep those undergarments neat.


How to Fold A Bra


Smaller bras can also be displayed this way in shallow drawers. Otherwise, the rest of us will require a deep drawer.



Roll socks and leggings into neat storage nooks.



Build tiny homes for rolled underwear. Or simply lay them out and stack them in a drawer.

Hang all tops including tanks and undershirts to keep them neat and wrinkle-free. Lingerie, too.


Do you prefer to keep t-shirts is drawers? Learn how to neatly fold them like this here.


Bella_Organizing_Best_Professional_Organizers_San_Francisco_Oakland_Berkeley_silicon_valley_montereyIsabella Guajardo, founder and owner of Bella Organizing, is a San Francisco Bay Area professional organizer offering home organizing, interior redesign, and residential move management services throughout the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. Call (510) 229-7321 or email info@bellaorganizing.com for more information. Gift certificates are available.

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