KonMari Method – My Tidying Journey #9 – Socks, underwear and handbags

Magic of Tidying Up

Ah…socks, underwear and handbags. Could we have a more exciting combination of clothing topics? Handbags, perhaps. Socks and underwear…not so much.

For those of you looking forward to some interesting photos for this post, well…I’m not going to share much here! I applaud the women who have chosen to share images of their intimates. Sorry, not me. But, when you start to see things like socks, underwear and handbags in the title, we at least have to be getting close to the end of KonMari-ing my clothing! In case you’re wondering, I’m following the recommended category order detailed in Marie Kondo’s book,  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.

Socks, for sure, are a relatively boring category for me. I’d say I’ve spent 95 percent of my life sockless since I moved to California, and probably even more so since moving to Nevada. I like my feet to breathe and with the beautiful weather, it’s hard for me to even wear closed toe shoes. I’m perfectly content in flip flops (Havaianas) and sandals. However, I do recognize there are times – sport, professional, social – that require socks, but I’m more than willing to pare down what I have. No sense it taking up an entire drawer!

I had recently cleaned through my socks but, in spite of that, I still discarded about 30 percent. Now that some time has passed, I wish I had kept a few. I can’t say that socks bring me an immense amount of joy, given my penchant for Havaianas, but I had some that had never been worn that would have actually been good socks to keep in my emergency kit. Alas, they’re long gone to the Goodwill store by now and hopefully someone who truly needs them is making good use.

Marie Kondo suggests folding or rolling your socks and placing them in shoebox lids in your drawer to keep them tidy and organized. Hmm…not a fan. Shoe boxes are made of cardboard and cardboard attracts bugs and dust. So, after cleaning through my socks, I used empty clear plastic shoe boxes which were left over after tidying my shoes. They fit perfectly in my dresser drawers and they’re easy to clean.

Folding the socks was another issue. Have you ever tried to fold a pair of French terry sport socks? Not easy. Hard to roll as well. So, as you see in the photo, I left some of my socks flat and rolled the rest. I have to admit, getting rid of all the tags and cardboard from my new socks/hose really opened up some room and made things much tidier.

Pantyhose? We don’t need no stinkin’ pantyhose! Seems like forever since I wore any. In fact, some had been in my drawer unopened for so long i was afraid the elastic was dried out and just needed to be tossed. For years, the naked leg had taken center stage in society, for casual and formal occasions, but there has been a bit of pantyhose/tights resurgence with the popularity of Kate Middleton style. Either way, all the pantyhose I had got tossed, just due to age. I used to buy in bulk from Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, so it was sad to see so much money go to waste.

Socks and hose, all neat and organized.

Socks and hose, all neat and organized.

Undergarments are a tricky thing. Ask any woman, and the two articles of clothing that are probably the hardest to find that fit her properly are underwear and jeans. Inevitably, once you finally find that golden style of bra and panties, the company quits making it and your search begins anew.

I can’t say my undergarments necessarily bring me joy; they’re just something i need to have. (Hmm…maybe I need to do some shopping here…) In order to wear certain articles of clothing, we as women have to have the appropriate undergarments. So, tidying up this drawer was more a matter of determining their utility and condition more so than how much joy the item brings me. I tossed about 30 percent.

Handbags can easily become a dangerous weakness (read: huge expense category!) I’m typically the kind of person who purchases one or two really good handbags, then uses them for a long time. I’m not keen on switching bags very often. Or, I wasn’t until I read Kondo’s book and had a bonding session with my closet.

Well, actually, the shift started a couple of years ago when I got tired of the handbag I was using and suddenly found several I liked. I bought them all. (The perfect handbag can be just as hard to find as the perfect pair of shoes.) I also purchased several clutches, something I’d never done in the past. And, as I’ve cleaned through my closet, I noticed there were a number of outfits I didn’t wear simply because I didn’t have the proper handbag. Well, that’s easily solved!

One reason I don’t change purses very often is I hate transferring the contents from one to another, worried I’ll forget something important. Kondo suggests emptying the entire contents of your purse every night and putting it all in one place, so the next day when you select your handbag for the day, you can fill it with everything that’s important because you have it all together. I like that idea if you keep just a few items in your handbag, but I usually carry a store around in there. More on that in a future post! However, I have started carrying a wallet/crossbody/clutch in my tote so I can just grab and go when I know I don’t need everything and the kitchen sink! I’ll write a future post on my favorite mini sometime soon.

I did wean myself off a few clutches from my closet, but in the meantime, I purchased a few more. So, in the end, I’m probably even when it comes to handbags. I’m still planning to reorganize my closet once I’ve completed the whole house KonMari, so temporarily the handbags are just in a bin.

Handbags

Just a smidgen of my handbags and clutches. More once I reorganize my closet!

We’re nearing the end of the clothing categories, but there’s a whole house to complete! Thanks for joining me on this journey. There’s much more to come. Next up: accessories, clothes for specific events and shoes. Yay! Shoes!

Enjoy!

Cindi

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