3 Life Lessons I Learned from the Underwear Drawer

Well now, here is something you all wanted to chat about I'm sure.  The underwear drawer.

It's okay, we all wear undergarments. Or do we?  Oh my goodness!  Let's not go there. Years back, well...read on and you will see.

(Disclaimer: This is not my drawer.)

I became a lover of history while homeschooling.  I bought a book for the boys as I thought they would find it was interesting. The Revealing Story of Underwear by Katie Daynes. What could be more intriguing?  (Has mom lost her marbles?)

Here are some fun facts taken from the book:

  • Egyptians--no underwear
  • Romans had public baths but fighters wore a loincloth, then tunics but likely nothing underneath.
  • Middle Ages--long baggy shorts known as drawers or braies; rich men owned several pairs. Women, nope
  • Victorian times everyone wore drawers; women sometimes ankle length. Code word: Unwhisperables.  Corsets were all the rage. Skinny waists made possible by whalebone, wood, metal, ivory or horns and laced tightly. Praise the Lord those are gone! 
  • Knickerbockers came next then American troops were issued short army drawers. They were a hit and sparked off a new trend - boxer shorts.
  • 1950's brought new materials, shorter underwear known as briefs, Y-front design for men.
  • Today, every size, shape, fabric, and pattern you can imagine.

Now that our history lesson is complete, let's look into the topic of the day.

3 Life Lessons I learned from the Underwear Drawer (Life Lesson = I can apply to life and Unwhisperables = panty tips)

  1. Age = Things are a changing, accept it.
  • Life lesson = Don't cramp your style. It's okay to know your limits. Don't over do it, use lists and sticky notes, program reminders in your phone, help yourself out.
  • Unwhisperable = Panty lines are never cool, stylish or acceptable. Elastic in certain areas is not a good idea. Firmness an issue?  Find the cute, seamless kind. 

       2. Be young at heart

  • Life lesson = Adventure inspires youthfulness!  Try new things, do something fun. Don't give up. Surprise your kids. Shock your husband! Scare your girlfriends.
  • Unwhisperable = Animal print, lace, even some of those uncomfortable type...just for fun! ;)  Avoid the stretched out, used up, brief-type.

       3. Be yourself.

  • Life Lesson = Fitting into a mold of what you believe will make you more acceptable to others makes you uncomfortable and a bit squirmish.  God designed you just how He wanted. Learn to love yourself like He does!  Psalm 139:13-14 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!  Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.  NLT
  • Unwhisperable = Only use spandex when absolutely necessary. No fainting couches allowed! The pain of trying to be something you are not just isn't worth it.

If you are looking for self growth, you can find education just about anywhere...even in your lingerie storage area. Clutter Conquest is all about getting you from where you are to where you want to be.  Leave the old and onto the new.  Get unstuck. Dare to live free from the burden of too many material things and too many limiting beliefs.

Here we go!  Set timer for 15 minutes and de-clutter your intimate drawer. Here are some tips:

  1. Stretched out elastic? Toss them.
  2. Too small and too big; these must go.
  3. Keep your most comfy pieces.
  4. Pokey, scratchy? Girls, life's too short!
  5. Can't figure out how to get into them? Um, well, out it goes.
  6. Be sure to sort through bras, slips, nylons, tummy tucking apparatuses and anything that you can't force yourself to wear any longer and say bye-bye.  (You should have seen the nylons I had from 1990 something!)
  7. Make room for some cute, colorful new ones.  Treat yourself and your man (if applicable) to a new look!

Working quickly can make this a super fun task.  Share in comments below how many pieces you let go of and what, if any, life lessons were learned. Liberate your unmentionables that I um, gulp, just mentioned. So what do you go for in an underwear? Comfort, frill, seamless, sexy?

Learning together,


P.S.  2000 item purge challenge.  I have successfully unleashed 1918 items out of my home!!! Wahoo!!! They have gone off to other homes, Salvation Army, Someplace Safe, Recycling bin, and garbage.  Who wants to join me? Let's start your own year; September - September.  I'm here to cheer you on.