Challenge #11- Socks and Underwear

Today its time for a simple project that everyone needs to tackle - the sock drawer!

Ok, this challenge may seem silly, but we seldom sort out our socks & undergarments, so this is a quick project that might free some space.

Let’s recall the process we are using throughout the month:


  • Gather your supplies:
    • Boxes or bags labeled with:
      • “Donate”
      • “Elsewhere”
      • “Store”
    • Trash can/recycle bin
    • Damp rag/wet wipe
  • Empty challenge area for the day. And by empty, I mean EMPTY.
  • Once the area is empty, wipe it clean with a damp rag.
  • Now sort the items into these categories: (The Seana Method’s R.E.D.D.S. system)
    • R- “Restore”: items to go back in
    • E- “Elsewhere: items to keep, but which don’t belong in this space
    • D- “Donate”
    • D- “Dispose”: trash or recycle
    • S- “Store”: items to keep for sentimental reasons, or perhaps for a long-term future use, but which are not regularly used. (These items will eventually need to go into a bin/box in an attic, basement, or closet.)
  • As you are sorting, put items into the boxes/bags you prepared.
  • Once you are finished sorting, put the “Restore” items back into your designated area.
  • Carry the “Elsewhere” box/bag around your house and redistribute its contents.
  • Move the “Donate” box/bag to the car to be donated.
  • Trash/recycle the “Dispose” items
  • Put the "Store" box aside for now. When the month is over, these items will be packaged for long-term storage.



Today’s task is pretty easy, without much thinking involved. Head to the bedroom or closet and dump out any  & all drawers where you keep socks, underwear, bras, etc. Then it is time to get rid of:

  • Socks which don’t have a mate
  • Items that are torn/have holes
  • Underwear with an overstretched waistband (especially you, men!)
  • Undershirts that have holes or stains
  • Bras you never wear or don’t fit well
  • Pantyhose with runs
  • Any items you don’t wear because you don’t like them

For the most part, used clothing of this nature can be pitched. But, if you have an item that is in new/almost new condition, consider donating it.

At the end of this process, group like items and reload. For men, who often have blue, brown and black socks (which are difficult to tell apart in dim lighting), consider reloading these to specific drawers or sub/drawers that are labeled. For example, if you have small drawers, designate “Top – Blue”, “Second – Black”, “Third- Brown”, etc. If you have only one large drawer, insert old shoe boxes or dividers so that these colors can be kept separate. A similar system can be applied to women’s various undergarments.

Lastly, after going through this process you may realize that you need some new undergarments:) If this is the case, schedule time in your schedule for refreshing your stock. Good luck, and let us know how its going!


Submitted by Seana Turner, founder and President of The Seana Method

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