By: Ash Merscher
It doesn’t matter if you’re a bikini underwear hoarder or a minimalist clothing enthusiast; everyone can benefit from learning how to organize underwear. Underwear is our everyday foundation—it’s the first article of clothing we grab come morning. But, different moments require different styles. When you stay organized, you know exactly where that lucky pair lives, and you save time.
I gathered the best tips and tricks about how to organize underwear (and—bonus!—how to fold underwear properly), including my favorites, boy shorts underwear and the triangle bralette. Are you ready to get organized?
ORGANIZING UNDERWEAR DRAWER: TOP TIPS
When you start plotting how to organize underwear, there are a few initial steps to take and important things to consider. When all’s said and done, the goal is to have an orderly system for sorting and storing all your unmentionables, so you never have to waste time searching for your comfiest pair.
“Alexa: organize underwear drawer.” If only it were that easy! To get started, follow these three steps:
1. ORGANIZE UNDERWEAR DRAWER: DUMP, SORT, & TOSS
First things first: you gotta purge. We’re all guilty of holding onto old underwear that doesn’t fit right, is old and worn out, or we never wear. I know I am! But having too much leads to clutter. Deciding how to organize underwear will be a lot easier when you have everything sorted.
The best way to decide who’s in and who’s out is the dumping method. That’s right, find a spot on your bed or floor and put all your underwear and/or bras into one giant pile. This method visually reveals the state of your supply. To be honest, I was a little shocked by how many pairs I owned!
Sorting your underwear from a heaping pile can feel overwhelming, so let’s take it in two steps. First, you need to sort by which pairs you want to keep, then by style. The best way to do this is to start with three categories.
- Everyday Underwear to Keep: These should be bras and undies that you actually wear and are in good condition. Old underwear can lead to improper fit and that annoying question of, um, why do I keep getting wedgies? Once that elastic breaks down or holes start to appear, it’s time to say goodbye.
- Underwear to Donate or Upcycle: Put any pairs or bras that have holes, tears, fraying seams, stains, or worn-out elastic in your toss pile. You also need to ditch what you never wear and donate or upcycle them.
- Underwear for Special Occasions: With some underwear, you don’t use it daily because you save it for special occasions. These are your best pairs that make you feel put together for a job interview or super confident on a blind date.
Before you start organizing, make some space and get rid of your toss pile. I know it's hard, but don't be afraid to ditch or donate.
Your unmentionables can last more than a year if you rotate your supply and understand how to hand wash underwear, but they won’t last forever. Be brave and toss, toss, toss!
2. BEFORE ORGANIZING: REFRESH YOUR STOCK
Now that you have everything sorted, it’s time to take inventory. Count how many pairs of each style you own so you get a better idea of what you like and what you need to restock. There are many mens underwear styles and womens underwear styles to consider, but it’s totally up to you what feels best and what you like.
How often should you buy new underwear? The answer depends a lot on your preference and lifestyle. But, in general, replenishing old pairs after one year and having a two weeks’ supply is a great place to start. For bras, keep one nude and one black bra in stock, then a handful (up to five) of others.
CHOOSE A HIGH-QUALITY FABRIC
Before you start shopping, consider what type of underwear you’d like to buy. Stronger, higher-quality fabrics will prolong the life of your undergarments, and I'm all about that. Hemp is one of the strongest and most versatile materials in the world. It naturally produces antibacterial underwear that's antioxidant-rich with UV protection. It’s the perfect material for underwear.
3. HOW TO ORGANIZE UNDERWEAR DRAWER? MAKE A PLAN
You sorted your underwear and replenished your stock; now it’s time to make an organizational plan that works for you. Ask yourself these questions:
- How do I choose underwear in the morning?
- Do I pick go-to everyday pairs?
- Do I select by style or color?
Adopt an organizational method that helps you find the pair you need at any given time. Here are a few tricks that helped me stay organized and that should help you keep your system tidy, too.
- Boxes and Dividers. If you’re using an underwear drawer, chances are you jumble all your undies and bras. To stay organized and maintain the quality of your undergarments, use boxes or dividers. You can use anything lying around the house or purchase specialty boxes made for bras and underwear.
- Bags. Cloth zipper bags are perfect for organizing underwear by style, color, or wear. Think about what makes it easier for you. You can put all your black undies or everyday pairs in one bag or sort by style.
- Closet Organizers. Not everyone uses drawers. If you store underwear in your closet, like me, consider a hanging cloth organizer that offers shelving. You can mimic the above tips in the same way but with hanging separators.
- Proper Folding. You can have all the boxes, dividers, and sorters in the world, but without a proper folding technique, you’ll still have a jumble of undies. I was guilty of just tossing everything into a pile, but I learned that better folding will keep me more organized. See below for step-by-step instructions on how to fold your favorite pairs.
HOW TO FOLD YOUR UNDERGARMENTS
Folding underwear may masquerade as a simple task, but there’s a distinct method to it. For all underwear, including bralettes, your goal is to create a square shape. When you have a square, you can fit your underwear in your organizers better, as all have the same contour.
So, how to fold underwear? To get the desired shape, I’ve included a step-by-step guide on how to fold all your favorite essentials: brief- and boxer-shaped underwear, as well as bralettes.
Brief-shaped underwear is relatively simple to fold. Again, you’re looking for that square shape. In three quick steps, you can easily fold all your briefs.
- Lay the underwear flat, front side up, on a solid surface.
- Fold the bottom of the brief up, so it’s even with the top of the waistband.
- Fold one side over to line up with the opposite side of the crotch, then fold the other side on top to create a square shape.
Now that all your pairs have one shape, you can easily store underwear by color, type of wear, or style. One way is to stack them on top of one another within your dividers or boxes.
Boxer-shaped underwear, like mens boxers and women’s boy shorts underwear, also has an easy folding technique, but it’s slightly different from briefs. Follow these four steps to get that ideal shape.
- Lay the underwear flat, front side up, on a solid surface.
- Fold the boxers in half, so one side lines up with the other.
- The bottom of the crotch will stick out—fold it just enough to create the right shape.
- Fold the bottom up, so it’s even with the top of the waistband.
Another way to stack your underwear (besides on top of one another) is vertically in rows. This method is my go-to because it makes it so much easier to see each pair so I can quickly grab what I need!
- Lay the bralette flat, front side down, on a solid surface.
- Fold the straps down, so they’re even with the top of the back band.
- Place your hand in the middle of the bralette and fold one side over it.
- Now fold the other side over to create the square shape.
If you haven’t tried bralettes yet and want to know how to fold conventional bras, the strategy is simple: don’t! You need to protect the cup’s shape, so store bras unfolded and either stacked or in a row.
CONCLUSION: HOW TO ORGANIZE UNDERWEAR DRAWER
It’s not as simple as it sounds, but with these tricks and tips, you’ll have an orderly, easy-to-use system that works for you. Get rid of the old and unused and restock with high-quality, breathable underwear. Then, make a plan that helps you find the undies or bras you need at any given time.
Now I’m curious. How do you organize your underwear? Are you a by-style, by-color, or by-wear kind of sorter? Drop a comment below!