Back again for day 2
Today with Kondo book in hand I intended tackling my clothes – maybe not all the clothes – we will see how it goes.
To get this over with I will say it now – I am starting not with my Tops but with my underwear, tights etc.
Arghhh – Did I hear another gasp – what is this woman thinking – is she mad – it says clearly in the book Start With Tops.
And yes I know I read that bit too but I do like to begin as I would get dressed – it makes perfect sense to me. I must say I was rather disappointed that there are no further details for dealing with underwear in the book, only the so called ‘potato socks’. I think it leaves a novice tidier a bit at sea here – they are not easy shaped garments to fold, display or contain. Maybe this is why we have to begin with tops for the practice so that when we are eventually challenge by a pair of knickers we will instantly know how to toss them into shape.
For this reason I prefer some of the methods in a book by Elika Gibbs – Practical Princess Perfect Wardrobe – Declutter and re-jig your wardrobe to transform your life. Yet another author claiming to change my life for the better. I just fell in love with the beautiful photography in this book – page after page of organised, colour co-ordinated clothes in out of this world closets and a lingerie drawer to die for. I find this book quite inspirational.
Now I know French women take great care with their lingerie – unlike most English women I’m told they only ever wear matching sets even if just popping to the Co-op for a pint of milk. They dress as if they are going to be seen in their underwear – well you never know – always be prepared.
So with this in mind I am going through my smalls with the intention of ditching the mis-matched, throwing out the tatty and flinging the faded. But to begin with everything out on the bed (I cannot do the floor as I do not have enough of it).
These are my favourite matching sets and they are reasonably new and definite keepers.
These are a bit past their sell by dates and will need replacing as I always need some paler unpatterned sets for under pale coloured tops.
This is the going out pile -items that do not fit well or too old.
So putting it all back together I decided to do away with the Ikea compartments and try organising the drawer in a different way.
This is my underwear drawer before…
and after -with Bras on the left and…
matching briefs on the right
I much prefer this – I can see everything at a glance and most importantly it avoids endless knicker folding!
I will let you know if it works for me.
I then used the Ikea compartments in the bottom drawer for my tights, socks and leggings. It makes more sense to keep these together as before they span over 3 drawers, mainly because I kept jeans and leggings together. I am going to hang my jeans creating more drawer space. I wear a lot of black tights for work so these are just in a pile rather than on edge and I always buy the same black socks so there is never a problem with pairing. The white socks – out of picture – are also all the same and I only use these after a pedicure to give the foot cream chance to soak in overnight.
Another job done and surprisingly after the rearranging and tossing I am left with 2 completely empty drawers although I cannot believe I have just put these pictures of my undies all over the internet!! At least they are all clean and neat!
Now I will add the required replacements to my shopping list for another day and next time maybe I will tackle my tops.