The Great Underwear Purge
I’ve been meaning to try and do a purge for quite some time now. My wife went through hers recently, so I finally broke down a little while after her purge and did mine. Now it really might not be the great underwear purge, but for me it really is a good feat. I at least have more room in the drawer now and can close the drawer without having to tuck some in before closing it completely.
Parting with underwear is a hard thing for me to do. Especially if it was a pair I like, but unfortunately sometimes you just have to let go. It was easy for me to pull out the ones I didn’t like and wore pretty much once. After that I had to go with is the elastic giving out, any fraying, discoloration, or thinning/runs in the fabric were some things I went by.
To begin I just dumped my drawer out on the floor and started separating the pile of undies into a pile of bikinis, thongs, and multipack underwear from local stores. I also made a trash pile of ones I knew for sure needed pitched. Then I started with my thong pile and did a quick go through and picked out the ones I wanted to part with for sure. After that I decided to sort them by likeability. So I had a for sure keeper pile, ones that were nice for certain times, and then ones that were okay or maybe nearing end of life for wearing. Then I decided to go through the last two piles again and created a potential to purge pile from them.In the end with the thongs, I removed 22 thongs from my drawer. I was able to part with 9 of them to the garbage can. The other 13 are ones to part with in another way still to be determined. Then there are 9 that are on the chopping block, but made it back in the drawer for now. I did the same method with my pile of bikinis. Got the pairs out I knew I didn’t want and sorted by likeability to do another quick yea or nay. I did better with the pitch pile by adding 14 bikinis to it. Only 2 bikinis passed to the don’t want, but not ones I felt should be pitched. Then like the thong, 9 bikinis were on the chopping block.
Now my last pile, the multipacks are more the nostalgic ones. They were some from early on that I went to a local store and bought. Once in a while I just throw one on kind of to bring back memories. I decided to keep one of each brand in the drawer and the rest went into a container for now. Thinking they can replace the ones in the drawer when they wear out. Or maybe I’ll get in a cleaning mood and just get rid of them.
33 pairs ended up in the trash can and are now in a landfill resting in peace. 15 pairs are in a container waiting on their fate, but won’t be getting worn by me. Another 13 are in another container for the sentimental reason. My bottom drawer at the moment has 61 pairs less of underwear in it. The drawer now contains about equal parts of thong and bikini with about 70 of each.Throwing out 33 pairs really is a big deal for me. I guess the success of the purge was due to me being in a mood to get rid of stuff. Guess not quite a full out mood, since there were 18 pairs on the chopping block for the next round. Since the purge I did discover a few pairs that have threads coming loose, so once I buy new ones in those styles they will get parted with too. How often do you trying to purge your underwear collection? Any particular method you use to go through them?