Day 1: Sock Drawer {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 1: Sock Drawer {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Day 1: Sock Drawer {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Day 1: Sock Drawer {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} |

Welcome to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering! Throughout this series I'm sharing easy decluttering projects that you can complete in 10-15 minutes.  If you do them, then by the end of the month you'll be enjoying a less cluttered home!

If you missed the introductory post, you can read it here.  I'll have a running list of all the daily posts on there.  You can also see them at the end of each post.

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Today we're decluttering your sock drawer.  Yep... we're starting there!  I was going to start with your undergarments drawer, but I thought that might be a bit too personal :)

But your sock drawer is something you go into on a regular, if not daily, basis.  If it's cluttered, it can get your whole day off to a grumpy start.  And when you think of decluttering, it's probably not one of the first places you run off to do!

Do you have to rummage through your sock drawer to find a matching pair of socks?  Do you wear the same few pairs of socks over and over because they're the ones you see at the top of your drawer all the time?  Is the drawer so full you have to squish the socks down to close it?

Then you will love decluttering your sock drawer!  {Note:  I'm referring to socks in this post, but I'm including hosiery as well.  Or anything you wear on your feet - except shoes - that's another post!}

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for the Sock Drawer

The general motto for decluttering is to purge things you don't use, need, or love.  {I always hear Peter Walsh in my head when I say that!}

I love how Laura fromm OrgJunkie adds to it in this quote!


With that quote, and our stuffed sock drawers in front of us, let's get purging!

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your sock drawer:

  • Throw out any socks with holes, as well as socks that are worn out, stretched, or stained.
  • Relocate socks that belong in another family member's sock drawer {it happens!}.
  • Relocate any other items that have crept into this drawer that aren't socks.
  • Give away or donate socks that don't fit you well.
  • Give away or donate socks you haven't worn in the last six months {except for a few of those warm fleecy or wool socks that you only wear in the winter!}. 
  • Consider how often you do laundry and how many socks you need.  Then give away or donate socks that you have too many of. 
  • Consider what types of socks you wear now (not what you used to wear or what you think you should wear) and give away or donate those you don't need. {For example, I recently cleaned out my sock drawer and found about a dozen pairs of pantyhose.  Since I rarely wear these anymore, I kept 2 and donated the rest.}
  • Think about how much space you have in your sock drawer and if you still have too many socks for your space then purge some more.  You want to be able to easily find what you're looking for when you're getting ready in the morning!

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

Throughout the series I'll share some of my own pictures and some pictures from other people, to give you ideas on how to declutter and organize your spaces.

If you want to organize your sock drawer when you put back the socks you've decided to keep, you can use baskets or dividers to help keep everything separated.  This helps you find things easier.  Some people stack their socks, but I've found putting them in the drawer vertically (folded or rolled to fit the height of your drawer) helps you to be able to see each pair at once.

There are lots of products you can buy for sock drawers, if you want to do that.  Here's an example using Ikea boxes.

Ask Anna

To save money, you can make your own dividers though.  Here's one way with old boxes (the post shows the boxes used to organize desk drawers, but if you make your boxes a little deeper you can easily use them for socks!).

In My Own Style

You can also "shop around your home" to find baskets or shoe boxes or drawer organizers that are not being used, and repurpose them in your sock drawer.

Or you can use the inserts from beverage boxes.

Life is Art is Life

*Please pin from the original source if you choose to pin these pictures.  If you want to pin this post please use the button at the top.  

If You're On A Roll...

For ideas on how to organize your sock drawer, you'll find a bunch of pins on my Bedrooms board.  

Follow From Overwhelmed To Organized's board Bedrooms on Pinterest.

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

You can share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

How many socks did you purge?  Any purging tips I missed for sock drawers?

Happy organizing decluttering!

Here are all the posts in the series.

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  1. Replies
    1. Well, 25 pairs of DH's socks went! Plus 70-odd toiletries bottles and sachets, and 4 junk drawers so far. Thanks SO much for this series :D

    2. Wow Clare! Great job! Thank you for sharing your progress. Motivates me to keep writing it :)

  2. Not only did I get it done for myself and husband, I was able to bribe the teenagers with dessert to get them to do theirs too!!

  3. Great way to ease myself into it Hilda. I might do what Joann did and get my kids to do theirs as well. I love Peter Walsh as well (yay, another Aussie) and I love how he says "create the vision you want for this space". My trouble is I've had the vision for years but never created it! Off to clear out my sock drawer now.

    Anne xx

    1. I'll be quoting Peter a bunch of times during this series Anne! He is absolutely my inspiration for decluttering. {Love his accent too... although I guess for you it would sound normal LOL!} His "vision for the space" concept is so important. I hope you're able to execute your visions this month! Good luck decluttering your sock drawer and getting your kids to do there's too!

  4. A nice reminder to help know when to get rid of things - it can be so hard sometimes! The 6 month rule is a good one. As a notorious collector of socks, I will occasionally put all the ones I think I don't need in a plastic bag. If I don't miss them in another month or so, then I finally give them away. It makes it easier for me to let go!

    And now you've got me thinking...I know my sock drawers are ready for a good purge again. Thanks!

  5. I've just used your instructions to clear out my socks. I am letting go of 14 pairs of my own socks, 20 pairs of my partners socks. I'm going to get my son to do the same some time this week to free up space. I cleaned 2 baskets and put my partners and mine seperately. I'm either going to donate the wearable socks to an old peoples home and recylce the rest of them in recycable textiles. I will be moving onto toiletries tomorrow. Thanks Very Much Sarah x

    1. Glad to help Sarah! Good luck with your toiletries!

  6. I'm not a hoarder, lol, I'm a clutter bomb. I just get discouraged fast with keeping things neat & orderly. I procrastinate... A lot! But your 31 days has me reeling to go. I just cleared out my socks nook from all miscellaneous non matches, worn outs & unpaireds. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. I needed this. I'm going to do all 31 days in 25.

  7. The sock drawer is a great little task because singletons other "non-wearables" end up here. Plus, it isn't too intimidating because most people are not emotionally tied to their socks. You can also do this watching tv!

    1. I totally agree Seana! And any decluttering task you can do while watching TV is a good one in my book :)

  8. Love the beverage bottle dividers. What a great idea. I can probably get a lot of them out of one box by cutting them down. =) Thank you.

    1. Yes they make a very economical drawer divider Sabrina :)


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