Day 2: Listen to Your Mother and Check Your Undies

Today is Day 2 of the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge. If you want to jump in, go get the book at Amazon, Simple Living – 30 days to less stuff and more life.

Chapter 2 takes a peek at your undies.  Not while they’re on, mind you.  We’re talking the underwear drawer.

Undies are a big deal in house full of girls.  My husband refuses to fold the laundry when the whites come out of the dryer.  It’s just too traumatic.  For the young girls I regularly  throw away undies that are torn, stretched out, or just plain raggedy.  I usually buy a replacement pack about once a year.  They have enough to last a week or so.  I like to have a few extras for the littles to cover accidents.

For myself, I lean toward comfort.  I’m not in the granny panty stage, but I’m on my way.  I replace my inventory as needed.  Out with the old and in with the new.

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Socks, on the other hand, are every mother’s nightmare.  Lorilee suggests never putting a single sock in the drawer.  She’s right, it only clutters the drawer and intensifies the frantic search for socks every morning.  I have an entire bag of mismatched socks.  I threw away a bag when we moved.  I figured if we didn’t find it in the move, the match was gone for good.  But it didn’t take long to accumulate another bag.  Where, oh where, do they go?  I pull out the bag once a month and match up the ones that have both found their way there.  I usually reunite about a dozen pairs a month.

I lean toward solid color socks, particularly white.  It streamlines the dressing phase of the day and prevents many a fight over red polka dot socks with purple striped shirts.

I just recently cleaned out my own underwear drawer.  I threw out maternity and raggedy panties and bras, as well as a few from various pre-maternity sizes.  Then, I made a rare shopping excursion to resupply with new, well-fitting ones.  It’s a wonder how good nice underwear can make you feel.

The semi-annual seasonal clothes swap is coming up, so I’ll be inspecting underwear and making changes as needed.  I’ve recently bought new undies for my oldest two daughters, so they’re in good shape.  Just might need to weed out the rags since they both have pack-rat tendencies.

Living in a mostly-hot area means we don’t need winter underwear.  One set will do ya.  However, if you have four real seasons, you should inspect cold underwear annually, as well.  You don’t want frostbite on your tush from a hole you didn’t know was there.

How is the challenge going for you?  I’m a little ahead of the game here since, as I mentioned, I’ve done this recently for me and will be doing the extra credit work for my daughters in the next week.  Don’t worry, I’ll be behind before you can say “Jack Frost”.


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