In the February issue of Good Housekeeping, in a section titled Good (Enough) Housekeeping: Simple Solutions For Smart Living, tips on organizing “underwear, etc.”
Page 25 discusses sorting & clearing out your drawers for your drawers and suggests drawer dividers — specifically Drawer Nooks Dividers and clear Bra Boxes. This reminds me of all the vintage lingerie boxes you can find at thrift stores & garage sales — while many of those are sized for the smaller drawers of vintage vanity tables, they still can suffice.
On page 26, another style of drawer dividers — these are spring loaded. (Most irritating that Good Housekeeping only identifies the items in their shopping section on page 118 by 800 number; thank me for searching for you!) “Trouser socks plus nylons and stockings (in snag-preventing zip-seal bags and grouped by color) fill out the drawer.”
Personally, I dislike putting stockings in plastic baggies — not only does it seem so… so… “Eeiiwwww”, but sometimes my stockings (and other lingerie items) are a tad damp when I put them away (not by design, but with damp hands from hand washing etc., sometimes I make mistakes) and I prefer to let them breathe.
They also recommend this “bra saver” for washing.
Other advice on this page:
Toss scented drawer liners and sachets whose oils can stain your lingerie. Instead, tuck in an empty bottle of your favorite perfume. Wrap it in a handkerchief to ensure that it doesn’t give off anything but a hint of scent.
Note: This is great if you have a single signature scent. If you have several favorite perfumes, as I do, I suggest skipping scenting your scanties — in the drawer *wink*
Toss worn-out bras. How can you be sure they’re done for? Go by fit: You should start hooking the bra on the first (or loosest) hook; then move in as it stretches. If it’s loose on the tightest hook — or if the straps won’t stay up and can’t be readjusted — it’s time for a replacement. (Got the opposite problem — a new or gently worn bra you no longer want? Donate it to your local women’s shelter.)
Good Housekeeping also says you only need 5 to 7 bras to cover your wardrobe needs and “you really only need enough undies to last between wash days.”