Even if you’re not a neat freak, it pays to spend a few minutes organizing your lingerie drawer. Lingerie is very delicate, so if your panties (and bras) are literally tied up in a bunch, then they’re bound to stretch and fray before their time. And, since lingerie does have a tendency to get loose, you’ll have to periodically weed out old stuff so you know what pieces to get the next time you go to the store. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting ready for a date and realizing too late that you can’t use the lacy number you were planning to wear underneath.
Here are some tips on how to take care of your lingerie and organize them in a neat way.
Take out all of your lingerie and underwear and then toss out everything that doesn’t fit, looks old, or doesn’t seem to hold its shape any more. It’s also important to check if your bras still give the right support and flatter your shape. Your cup size can change, and the back may feel too tight or too loose if you have gained or lost weight—resulting in that unsightly bra bulge (read this article on how to conquer bra bulge).
Then, organize your lingerie into piles, just to give you an idea of what you have. Put bras in one bunch, panties in another, and make separate groups too for hosiery, body shapers, slips and other items.
Proper way to fold lingerie
It’s best to store bras in baskets or drawers. Fold a bra in half, and tuck the straps inside the cup. Panties should be folded inwards and the bottom tucked in to make a neat square. Or, if a bra and underwear are worn as a pair, you may want to store them together so you don’t waste precious minutes looking for its partner.
Get drawer dividers
This can help you divide your drawer into neat piles: hosiery in one compartment, no-show panties in another.
Keep slips and camisoles in another box, so you can grab one whenever you need to wear anything under a dress or shirt.
Make an inventory
Keep track of what items you need to get. Do you have a dress that you’ve never worn because you couldn’t find underwear that didn’t show through? Have you decided to retire your strapless bra because the underwire has twisted out of shape?
Appropriate some of your clothing budget for these essentials. Other must-haves for lingerie drawers: fashion tape (which can help hold straps in place, and will prevent worse wardrobe malfunctions) and clear and lacy straps that you can use interchangeably with bras that convert from regular to strapless.
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