Have you done an underwear purge? I just did. – Undiesgeek


Have you done an underwear purge? I just did.

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Earlier this week we posted an infographic from Garçon Model about men’s underwear habits. It noted that the average guy holds onto underwear for 3-4 years or more. Wow.

I’ve grabbed some new underwear over the past few weeks (from Baskit, aussieBum, PPU and 2(x)ist), and as I tried to incorporate them into my underwear drawer, I ran into a problem. It was overflowing. Was I holding onto underwear too long?

What Do You Do With An Overflowing Drawer?

So I did something I haven’t done in forever. I went through every single pair of underwear in my drawer – jocks, jock briefs, thongs, briefs, boxers, trunks, boxer briefs. You name it, I took each one out and judged whether it was worthy to remain.

The result? This pile. All of which were tossed out.

Underwear Purge UndiesGeek

My Criteria For Purging

I didn’t approach this scientifically, I just looked at things that I:

  • Didn’t wear much if at all.
  • Were super old.
  • Were worn out.
  • Didn’t fit.
  • Were a style I didn’t like.
  • Were duplicates (and not a favorite style/brand).

I didn’t actually count them (I know, I know) but I estimate there were probably 60 pair in the pile. And my drawer is still quite full… it’s just not overflowing.

What’s Your Approach to Purging?

Tell me in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter whether you’ve purged your underwear drawer – or if you’re over flowing.

Passionate about the fit, form and fashion of all types of underwear. I wear many hats including: Writer. Marketer. Photographer. Critic. Aficionado. My current favorite underwear is the Baskit Luxe Brief. Andrew Christian's Almost Naked Brief is a close second.


  1. Nicky

    September 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

    I did a purge once when I was moving house, I had several drawers full, undies is my only hoarding habit, I just love them.

  2. Nate

    October 17, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Yep, I have one of those overflowing underwear drawers! I should purge, but I find it hard to part with a good pair of underwear. I’ve resorted to harsher methods of trying to control the overflow. Limiting my underwear purchasing! We’ll see how long that will last.

    • rich

      October 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      It’s so hard to do! I have to literally NOT be able to shut the drawer anymore. So crazy.

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