How to Organize Closets:
Step 2: Bras, Panties, and Socks

In Step 2 of how to organize closets that you love, we'll start looking at the areas that tend to be easier for most people to make decisions: your bras, panties, and socks.

First, make your bed and clear it off so you have some room for this process.

Then, on a sheet of paper, make a list of the following:

  • Bras
  • Panties
  • Socks – workout
  • Socks – other
  • Hosiery, nylons
  • Slips
  • Camisoles (that you would wear as an undergarment)
  • Support wear, like Spanx

For each item, decide how many you actually NEED.

  • One way to decide is to look at how often you do laundry. If you do laundry every 7 days, all you really NEED are undergarments to last you through 7 days, plus a few extras just in case (10 pairs of panties, for example).
  • You may also have some undergarments that you don’t wear often, but when you do you really need them (like a strapless bra or a special half-slip that goes under the slinky dress you take on vacation).
  • Next to each item on your list, write down how many items you need
  • Anything beyond that is adding to your clutter. 40 pairs of panties are not getting worn, I can guarantee you that.

If you find it helpful, set a timer for 15 minutes – give yourself a short amount of time to do this step of how to organize closets.

Gather all of one category and one category only (like bras) from all the places you hide away your bras, and put them all on the bed at one time.

Look at each one individually; that's why I recommend taking them out of where you normally keep them, put them on your bed, and look at each one. You may not have taken a good look lately.

Try each one on, if needed.

Then ask yourself:

  • Do you love it?
  • Do you wear it regularly?
  • Is it in good shape?
  • Are there any that bind or don’t fit well?
  • Do you love the color?
  • Are any worn out?
  • Do they lift your energy and make you feel great?

Any that you don't love, don't wear, or are worn out, it's time to get rid of them.

If you find that you need to add or replace items, write them on a “What I Need” list so you'll remember the next time you're at your favorite department store.

When you have finished with your bras, put the ones you’re going to keep right back in their usual spot for now (we're going to focus on the declutter step first, then organize what's left).

Put the bras you're getting rid of in the trash or in a box or bag to donate to charity if they're still in good shape. Keep your charity bag in another room in your house while you're doing each step; you want to keep your bedroom as cleared out as you can while you’re doing this step of how to organize closets.

Then take the next category, panties, put them all on your bed, and do the same thing.

Go until you have completed each of the categories.

When you are finished with this step of how to organize closets, the items you are keeping should all be put away in their original locations and the items you are getting rid of should be out of the room completely.

And then when you're ready, move on to Step 3 - Pajamas, Robes, and Lingerie.

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