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
Then, on a sheet of paper, make a list of the following:
- Socks – workout
- Socks – other
- Hosiery, nylons
- 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
- Next to each item on your list, write down how many items
- 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
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