At Knix HQ, we spend a lot of time thinking about what’s not working, so we can help make room for what does. This philosophy fits pretty neatly into the concept of the underwear drawer. How does a space initially designated to be 100% ours, a place for our stuff that we don’t have to share, and the first drawer we open every day, turn into a cluttered time suck of rooting and rummaging?
So let’s stop delaying our mornings by using our underwear drawers as graveyards for bachelorette-party thongs, ill-fitting bras, and hole-filled pairs of underwear we’re keeping – wait, why are we keeping those? We promise you won’t miss them, and you’ll spend less time and energy choosing from a drawer full of knickers that make you feel happy, sexy, and comfortable.
Take everything out
Take everything out of that drawer — yes, everything! — toss it on your bed, and start sorting: socks, bras, underwear. You don’t need to get rid of anything quite yet – just get everything into manageable categories. Chances are you’ll be looking at bigger piles than you expected. Wipe your drawer out while it’s empty.
The main event: time to purge! Look closely at every item. Holes in the crotch? Toss. Same goes for stretched waistbands, stains, runs, dingy whites, bad fits, and pieces you’ve had since college. Out it goes – trust us, you won’t miss them.
A good rule of thumb when decluttering? If you spend more than 5 seconds debating the pros and cons of something, toss it – you’re probably keeping it out of guilt or obligation, and not because you really want it. Remember: any bras that are unworn or gently used can probably be donated to your closest women’s shelter. Just because the fit isn’t for you, doesn’t mean the piece will go to waste.
Organize, organize, organize.
Rummaging around to find that one nude thong shoved in a corner adds a small, but significant, delay to each morning. When it’s time to organize, it’s best to do so by function. Put all your seamless or thong underwear in one group, your cozy favorites in another, athletics in a third, and special occasion stuff in less-than-prime real estate towards the back. Same goes for bras and socks. There aren’t any rules here: think about how you live your life and what makes sense for you. Now you’ll be able to get in and out of there in a snap.
Suddenly realize you don’t have an elegant pair of goes-with-anything black undies? Discover 30 lacy thongs when you’re really a tried-and-true boyshorts girl? Make a list of what you still need, and then head over to Knixwear to stock up on the basics :)
Spruce things up
This step is totally skippable, but it’s also the fun part, so we’d advise you do it. Now that you’re actually thinking about your underwear drawer, why not give it some TLC? Some people think containers and separators are a waste, but if they keep your drawer so that you don’t have to go back and re-organize for another few years, then why not use them? Any container or large hardware store will have them – some people even custom-fit their own cardboard dividers.
Bonus points for adding a bit of fragrance. Lavender sachets, dryer sheets, or bars of soap all accomplish this without creating a stink bomb every time you crack a drawer.
Snap a photo
You did it! Not only did you conquer this project in less time than it takes for your sushi to show up, but your drawer now looks and smells awesome. Take a photo to remind yourself of what paradise really looks like — it’s a good way to keep things from getting crazy again. If you post it, don’t forget to tag us @knixwear – we’d love to see the results!