Does your sock drawer look like a disaster? Organize it the KonMari way and never have to hunt for a matching pair again!
Is your sock drawer a disaster? Are you super annoyed when you can’t find matching socks? Do you accidentally run out of underwear because you can’t see how many pairs you have left?
This ends today!
Let’s declutter and organize our “unmentionables.” Except for socks. You can mention socks. And pajamas. The things I mean by “unmentionables” are bras, underwear, and intimate wear.
When storing socks, the most important thing to remember is not to stretch the elastic! This means no stuffing your socks inside one another and making little potato-like balls to roll around in your drawer. It also means no folding the top of one sock down over another. We greatly shorten the lives of our socks by keeping the elastic in a constant state of tension. In The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Mari Kondo suggest folding our socks. I know it sounds weird, but it totally works.
Find a pair of socks and lay one on top of the other. Then just fold the pair in half and in half again (or thirds, depending on the length of your socks). Then stand them on end, just like you did your shirts and your pants. The perfect thing to do is to arrange your socks in a shoe box that fits inside your drawer. That will keep them all together. (Go to the next page to see a picture demonstrating how to organize your socks).
When talking about stockings (or nylons), lay them out flat, with one leg on top of the other. Fold them in half, then in thirds. Then roll them up like a cinnamon roll, with the waistband at the top. Stand them on their side in your drawer (so you can see the swirl). These will also probably do best in a shoe box inside your drawer.
As far as underwear is concerned, depending on the fabric, it may be better folded, or it may work better rolled. Just be sure that whatever you do, you’re not stretching it out.
Intimate wear is usually made of fabric that does not fold well. I would suggest rolling that as well and storing it on its side (with the swirl visible). You may need to fold it in half first. Just figure out whatever works for you.
For your pajamas, just fold the tops and bottoms into rectangles like your other tops and bottoms. (If you’re not sure how to do this, be sure to read the posts focusing on your tops and your bottoms.)
Here is my sock drawer after folding and rolling. Amazing!