8 Reasons It’s Time To Ditch Your Old Undies #MummyMondays

ditch your undies

Guess what I did this weekend? I got rid of some old undies, finally!

I don’t know about you but I have a tendency to keep underwear WAY passed it’s used by date and wonder why I can’t stuff anymore undies in my ‘undies’ drawer. I like to buy new ones, but not to throw them. I know, I know….it’s daggy. But hey, some of them were really comfy!

So, considering the above, I decided to come up with a bit of a guideline to follow in how to determine when your underwear is ready for the bin.

1.  When they’re see-through (and they’re not supposed to be)

You know, the cotton undies that are now so thin that you can see through them. Yeah well, you’ve gotta ditch those suckers.

2.  When the elastic has had it

Not only are these ones not going to fit properly, they’re going to move around under your clothes, give you wedgies and well, look absolutely hideous.

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3. When they’re so small they gives you lines that you really DON’T want

I had loads of these. I think I was hoping that one day they’d miraculously fit me again but I’ve had to face the facts that my butt has become more ahem..ample and undies that cut in are not flattering….at all!

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4. When they’re stained (sorry if that’s a bit too much info)

I would like to say that I DID NOT have any of these but I can just imagine that some people may very well have these. No questions asked, these go straight to the bin. Not as rags (ooh yuk, who does that anyway?) Straight to the bin.

5. When you’re white undies are now grey

White undies should be just that, crisp and white. Some of mine were beyond the help of Napisan and were promptly added to the ‘throw away’ pile.

6. When your undies start giving you HUGE wedgies!

I guess you could relate this to number 3 and number 2 but any undies that give you a constant wedgie are a no go in my book.


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7. When it’s obvious you’ve had them too long style wise

Do you have any undies or g-strings that could come up to your armpits? Floral granny undies perhaps? If you’ve got ones that DO NOT belong in the year 2015, you need to part ways.

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8. When your undies are not suitable underneath anything that you wear 

I know I’ve bought undies in the past where I haven’t really thought through their practicality. Lacy ones, ones with strong prints, ones with thick elastic that leaves lines and I just never wear them.   I can’t say I’ve ever owned any smiley face undies though. As with any patterned undies or ones with cute little images, a friendly reminder to look VERY closely in the mirror before you go out.

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And once you’ve gone through the cull, of course it’s important that you buy yourself some lovely new undies like I did. My favourite underwear comes from Victorias Secret and they always have great deals on undies, briefs, panties….whatever you like to call them!

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Victoria’s Secret Cotton Lingerie Lace-Waist Hiphugger Panty  |  Victorias Secret Cotton Lingerie Ruched-Back Hiphugger Panty


So do you have any criteria that I haven’t listed as reasons to ditch your crusty undies?

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Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
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  1. February 2, 2015 / 6:06 am

    I did this recently too. My undies were stretched. (Just in case you were curious!) Could fit two of me in there!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Oh yes, I had plenty of stretched undies too. How on earth do they get that way?

  2. LydiaCLee
    February 2, 2015 / 6:09 am

    I love the smiley face…

  3. February 2, 2015 / 6:21 am

    I need to do this. My Nan gives me a whole pile of new undies every year and it’s a really good opportunity to do a bit of a cull.

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Should I be a bit concerned that your nan buys your underwear, Lauren?

  4. February 2, 2015 / 6:39 am

    Lol. I must confess to being a culprit of this. I just bought new undies too…must go and evacuate the daggy ones!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:06 pm

      Evacuate, evacuate!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Yes, I could write a whole separate post on bras!

  5. February 2, 2015 / 8:16 am

    Yep I’m guilty of an overflowing undies drawer, but I can I put forward the pregnancy excuse and say that I hope to fit back into some of those too small undies one day 🙂

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      Haha….I”ve been through that stage, yeah, you never fit back in them.

  6. February 2, 2015 / 8:36 am

    I so need to cull my undies and start again. I must confess I love wearing maternity undies still as they are so comfortable and sit low.

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:07 pm

      The low sitting ones are the best!

  7. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    February 2, 2015 / 8:47 am

    Oh yes!! I so need to do a big clean out! ooh I like those cute polka dots ones!!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:08 pm

      I’ll let you in on a little secret…I have both pairs of Victorias Secret undies. The polka dot ones are so comfy!

  8. February 2, 2015 / 8:49 am

    I normally chuck when they get too stretched or holes in them. I don’t mind them a little stretched because I wear looser undies in bed. But even still I seem to have way too many!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:08 pm

      Haha..we’re getting really personal on this post! Don’t worry, I wear my daggy ones to bed too 🙂

      • February 2, 2015 / 9:12 pm

        Ack. I have no boundaries when it comes to sharing about myself. I’ve also shared something similar about undies on my blog! Not an actual underwear post though!

  9. February 2, 2015 / 9:29 am

    I so badly need to go through and chuck heaps of undies. I have them in all sizes, from when I was at my skinniest, through to the giant black granny ones I bought to wear after giving birth (Man those were some comfy undies, but too huge to wear under anything other than a nightie to bed, however I don’t need 15 pairs for night-time wear! Lol). I just never get around to doing it, it seems like such a mundane task I always think of an excuse or something else that I must do instead. Might be time to bite the bullet though, and just do it!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      Sounds exactly like my drawer was, I still had my hospital undies from 3 years ago…but I must admit, they were the best ones!

  10. Sarah
    February 2, 2015 / 10:34 am

    Hahahaha oh dear, I laughed way too loud to this. I think I have undies that fit into each catagory. Sorry for the over share, and thanks for the laugh 🙂

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      I am so glad I made you laugh! No oversharing here, we’re laying it all out on the table (pardon the pun).

  11. February 2, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    I’ll wear any undies. Just so long as they’re black … luckily I don’t have any white skirts or dresses or pants!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      You know what, I tend to lean for the black ones too. They’re more practical.

  12. February 2, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Such a fun post! I couldn’t stop laughing as I totally related to each description. The images were all spot on, too. Made my day.

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      I’m glad you can relate, we are very similar you and I, you know?

  13. February 2, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    I got such a good laugh out of this, had to share it on Facebook. Thanks.

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      Oh Julie, thanks for sharing! I equally love your post on teacher gifts and printables!

  14. Fleur @ Our Urban Box
    February 2, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    I recently culled the undies and bra’s. Gosh there were some shockers in there! How funny is that lady with the smiley face undies! Gold. Thanks for the laughs xx

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      When I saw the smiley face undies photo I just had to use it! I was going to take photos of my own underwear but that was just going a little bit too far. No smiley undies here though 🙂

  15. Tash from Gift Grapevine
    February 2, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Wow – you’ve included some stylish examples in there Eva 🙂 I’m like you and have an overflowing drawer – thanks to your post I’ve now added an undie cull to this week’s to-do list.

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      I know, right? Good luck with the undie cull, I”m sure you’ll think back to this post 😉

  16. February 2, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    I love your photographic evidence. We go through our undies and sock draws each school holidays and throw out the old, although we try and replace them first so we aren’t without.

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      That’s what I had always intended to do, buy first and cull later but instead I accumulated! A great idea to do it more often!

      • February 2, 2015 / 9:20 pm

        I learnt from an earlier mistake where we ended up throwing out most of the undies, because it was needed only to have to go to the shops undie less to buy more.

  17. TeganMC
    February 2, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    The only undies that fit me ARE giant granny undies…so I can’t really throw them all out. Plus they are super comfy…even if they do come past my belly button lol!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:13 pm

      Lol! I am with you on granny undies being comfy, they are the ones I wear to bed. But if they’re giant granny undies that are like that because they’ve been stretched to kingdom come, I just have to part ways. Isn’t it funny how once you become a mum it’s automatically about comfort!?

  18. February 2, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    I so need to do this again. The other problem I have is I have heaps of nice Pleasure State underwear that is still in really good condition but it doesnt fit me anymore post baby. I can’t bring myself to throw it out because its so nice, but its really just wasting space.

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      I’m hearing you Toni! I love Pleasure State and can only fit into one pair. If it makes you feel better, I”m in the same boat and have just gone out and bought a size bigger. Once you put them on and they fit properly without cutting in and horrible lines, it make you feel a lot better than wearing the ones that are too small. x

  19. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    February 2, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    It’s probably time that I had a cull – love these tips and the photographic evidence to go with them too!!!

    • February 2, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      I thought it’d be a good reminder to everyone! Happy culling!

  20. February 2, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    oh this is funny! Thanks for the laugh!! I have giant big suck it all in knickers that are now too tight. I need to get more that better fits this stage of life. xS

  21. February 2, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    I just threw out all my old underwear after I took my t-shirt off only to find my very own nipple poking through the fabric and not in a crutchless undies sexy type way. So all new clean, colourful and non-stained undies are sitting in the drawer. Loved the pics. Mel xx

  22. February 3, 2015 / 12:13 am

    Great post…funny and informative!

  23. February 6, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    I just did this after Christmas. I got a Myer gift card, and basically replaced my complete undie drawer! Very liberating

  24. February 6, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    I only buy bonds undies 99% of the time. Long lasting bikini style for last 25yrs have served me well.
    PS I am bgetting new undies for Cupid’s Undie run In Sydney – I bet no tighty whiteys , no Bridget Jones LOL.

  25. February 7, 2015 / 9:15 am

    For me it’s when the style doesn’t suit you anymore (or possibly never did). I don’t buy hipsters anymore. I have a really long torso – especially the bit between my belly button and… you know – and hipsters were never my friend. But they were all you could buy for ages! My faves are actually Underworks from Kmart. x

  26. February 8, 2015 / 6:47 am

    My undie drawer is pretty tragic too, especially those undies for when you have your period. Plus I’ve lost a bit of weight of late so I think it is about time I treated myself…Valentines Day is coming up isn’t it!

  27. February 8, 2015 / 11:34 am

    I worry that if I threw all my undies out via this list I would be left pantless!!
    The only nice ones I have are “special occasion only” pants, too uncomfy to wear for everyday… x

    PS – I cannot bring myself to buy any pair of pants advertised as “panties”. Sorry, Victoria’s Secret remains just that for me!!!

  28. February 10, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Oh dear, how embarrassing, I really need to clean out my undie drawer. Actually, maybe I should go shopping first!