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Am de-cluttering - how many pairs of knickers should one person own? And recycling bras...

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MrsFawlty Mon 21-Sep-09 19:07:03

Because I seem to have a ludicrous amount. Saggy old maternity pants, plain M&S cotton briefs, ridiculous flimsy things I don't wear...

I need to be ruthless. What should I keep?

Also I read recently that old bras are really good to recycle, but I can't remember where I read it, or how I would go about it.

Advice very welcome!

SofaQueen Mon 21-Sep-09 19:16:19

I keep 16 pairs (I'm a minimalist, though).

-4 pairs white (2 plain, 2 with decoration)
-4 pairs black (same as white)
-4 pairs nude (same as white)
-4 pairs rude

IdrisTheDragon Mon 21-Sep-09 19:17:34

I will count mine some time. But have more than 16 I think, although fewer than 4 rude pairs grin

Montifer Mon 21-Sep-09 19:18:08

Oxfam recycle bras.
Apparently their resale value in developing nations is high.

LatinDAISYcal Mon 21-Sep-09 19:22:56

Sainsbury's were doing a bra recycling campaign recently in aid of cancer research I'm sure. They had a collecting point in store and I'm sure it was still there when I was in last week.

As for how many? I like Sofa Queen's rule of thumb!

MrsFawlty Mon 21-Sep-09 19:24:40

Ah Montifer, that sounds familiar. Will send mine their way. (Had myself measured properly recently and was amazed how far off the mark I was!)

Wow, 16 pairs sounds like a lot, maybe I'm not that bad. I thought you were going to say about 7 pairs (we do end up washing daily so odds are some should always be clean.)

Maybe I'll just fling the ones that have gone a bit past it.

Seems such a waste to chuck out the material but I can't think of anything else practical to do with old knickers in teh spirit of make do and mend. Unless they would make good dusters? grin

FabBakerGirlIsBack Tue 22-Sep-09 17:21:46

I am guessing but I probably have about 50 pairs or more. grin

norksinmywaistband Tue 22-Sep-09 17:32:10

I have about 7 pairs of cheap every day pants (primark ) and relpace the whole lot every couple of months.
Then I have 3 pairs of fancy knickers that match fancy bras - never going to need 3 sets but I like them grin

RubysReturn Tue 22-Sep-09 17:32:23

Bin anything that is not in good condition and flattering/comfy. Keep any saucy ones that get you laid.

Buy a few good bras and pants in nude.

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