Wednesday, 17 August 2011
As part of my post apocalyptic wardrobe rail failure and mammoth re-organisation effort I have been reading Elika Gibbs book Practical Princess, Perfect Wardrobe. A full review is pending but I wanted to share one of the ideas I've taken on board from the book and that is of creating a lingerie drawer. I've always wanted a lingerie drawer but it kind of seemed like the sort of thing that other more organised women with glamorous lives do. The ones with boudoirs and marabou trimmed bedroom slippers, who use proper powder puffs arranged with other exquisite items on their luxurious dressing tables. Dita Von Teese has a lingerie drawer, not me.
However I've always complained that I don't wear my matching bras and knickers enough after going to all the effort and expense of buying matching sets. I had somehow convinced myself that I didn't have too much in the sweet little nothings department to warrant making the fuss of putting them in some sort of order in their own special drawer. It was just a tangled mess of bra strap spaghetti with everything thrown into those drawer dividing baskets from Ikea. Some mornings I would end up throwing everything onto the floor just trying to find what I wanted or give up and wear whatever combination came out first. (Oh wait, that's what I do with the rest of my wardrobe too...hmmm.)
So I decided to try my hand at making my very own lingerie drawer. Well after the disposal of much unused and laddered hosiery that was clogging up the drawers I made space in the top two thinnest drawers in the chest of drawers by my bed for my lingerie: pretty frivolous stuff on the right, functional stuff like basic nudes, flesh coloured tights and strapless, convertible and sports bras on the left. I have to say I'm rather pleased with the effect! It now takes a lot less time to find things and once it was all visible and on display in an aesthetically pleasing manner, it made me realise that I do have some lovely things that I should wear more often.
The technique is to fold each bra in half pushing the cup of one side into the other, then roll the straps up and push them into the cup. Then fold the matching knickers and push them into the cup too and start stacking up your sets in the drawer according to colour. It's a simple but brilliant idea to help keep them together and stop the tangling of the straps. I also now find I will be more inclined to wear the set as when taking the bra out, you are instantly reminded that there are matching knickers and you don't need to go hunting for them because they're right there nestled in the cup.
As there were not many matching sets in the nudes I stacked the knickers separately from the bras and used my Ikea baskets to better effect to separate out those pesky bits and pieces that you need to find in a hurry but never can - the bra fillers, the straps from the convertible strapless bra and fresh pairs of flesh coloured tights. I almost sigh with relief when I open this drawer now and see everything within easy reach.
The beauty is that once you've arranged it all, when it comes to laundry day it is not too hard to keep the system up by conforming to the folding rules. I haven't quite got round to getting the rest of the wardrobe to this level of organised simplicity and not everything in the book will apply to me, but this was certainly useful. Ms Gibbs you have a convert!