Challenge #11- Socks and Underwear

[Note: scroll down to review the process for the Get Organized Challenge!]

Organizing Socks and Underwear. This challenge may seem silly, but we seldom sort out our socks & undergarments. Today's quick project might free some valuable space.

THE TASK

This challenge may seem silly, but we seldom sort out our socks & undergarments. Today’s quick project might free some valuable space.

First, head to the bedroom, taking your trash and donate boxes/bins with you. Dump out all the drawers where you keep socks, underwear, bras, etc. Sort them (on the bed is an easy place) by category, keeping like items together. Now it is time to get rid of:

  • Socks which don’t have a mate
  • Items that are torn/have holes
  • Underwear with an overstretched waistband
  • Anything that is badly stained
  • Bras you never wear or don’t fit well
  • Pantyhose with runs
  • Any items you don’t wear because you don’t like them

For the most part, used clothing of this nature is trash. But, if you have an item that is in new/almost new condition, consider donating it. Otherwise, you can either trash it or put it in a textile recycling bin such as USagain (see Challenge #9.)

Wipe the drawers with a damp cloth while they are empty.

If you were happy with the way these items were organized, you can now reload them back into your drawers. If not, consider adding a bit of organization to make your system work better:

  • Use small boxes, bins, dividers or drawer organizers inside of a larger drawer. These allow you to keep like items together, such as bras in one section and tights in another. These can be purchased items, but even old shoe boxes can work.
  • For socks, separate out the white/sport socks from the colored ones. Men’s dress socks (blue, brown and black) can be difficult to tell apart in dim lighting, so keep each color in its own section. Labeling each area helps everyone get used to the new setup. Furthermore, if you have socks for special purposes (e.g. ski socks, boot socks, holiday socks), keep these in their own space as well.
  • Roll tights and hose to keep them from tangling.

Lastly, after going through this process you may realize that you need some new undergarments! If this is the case, schedule time for refreshing your stock.

Was this a tough one or an easy one? Did you free up some space?

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If you are new to the challenge, here’s a review of the process we are using all month:

THE PROCESS

1. Gather your supplies: (you can reuse these same supplies each day)

  • Boxes or bags labeled with “Donate”, “Elsewhere” and “Store”
  • Trash can and recycle bin
  • Damp rag/wet wipe

2. Remove everything from the area (yes, everything) and wipe it clean with a damp rag.

3. Sort the items into these categories: (The Seana Method’s R.E.D.D.S. system)

  • R- Restore: these are the items going back in
  • E- Elsewhere: these are items to keep, but that don’t belong in this space
  • D- Donate
  • D- Dispose: trash or recycle
  • S- Store: items you want to keep for sentimental reasons, or perhaps for a long-term future use, but which you don’t regularly use. These items will eventually need to go into a bin/box in an attic, basement, or closet.

4. Keeping the “Restore” items out, and put all other items into the boxes/bags you prepared.

5. Move items to their final destination:

  • pixPut the “Restore” items back into your designated area.
  • Carry the “Elsewhere” box/bag around your house and redistribute its contents.
  • Move the “Donate” box/bag to the car to be donated.
  • Trash/recycle the “Dispose” items.
  • Put the “Store” items into a container and move it to a remote location for future access.

8 thoughts on “Challenge #11- Socks and Underwear”

    1. Sometimes even when you are well organized, a little bit of extra structure can make things even better. Not necessary, but helpful:)

    1. Well, remember, advertising photos are trying to sell, so don’t take it too seriously. Best way to keep up with shedding the “no longer good” underwear/socks is to toss them when you are folding laundry and see the hole. And hey, we live in NE so we need a lot of socks:)

    1. The dividers are terrific, but I wouldn’t cringe. Believe me. I help people all the time. Very few people’s drawers look some those photos:) But you can do this sort pretty easily – even while you watch TV:)

  1. I’m using old shoe boxes and covered them with gift wrappers to make them a little pretty. 🙂 I used them for my husband’s stuff and mine are in sturdy organizers. It can pile up rather quickly though so it’s also important to check from time to time.
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    1. Covering shoe boxes with pretty paper is a great idea- you can make it match your decor and have terrific functionality. I’m all about using what you have. There are many tantalizing products out there, but especially inside a drawer, you don’t need to spend a lot of money!

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