Missing socks is a simple issue that can drive a normal person to insanity – especially if you have more than one of two people living in your home. Check out these three simple steps to solving the missing sock issue!
Raise your hand if you have what feels like 8 billion socks without a mate. Yeah, me too. When it was just my socks, it never bothered me – in fact, I distinctly remember purposely wearing mismatched socks for whatever reason. But now that we have laundry and socks for 4 different people, the literal mountain of single socks kills me.
The problem is, if you’re like me each time you find a single sock that you think you’re safe to toss, you second think it because maybe, just maybe you’ll find it’s mate soon and then you’ll be stuck with a lonely sock. Heck, maybe it’s actually a pair that you keep rotating, never having in the same load of laundry at the same time. So you keep it, adding to the pile. Hence the giant pile of mismatched socks.
A few months back, I got tired of constantly seeing the same socks, day in and day out, never with a match. So I tried a new system, hoping it would cure all of my missing sock woes. 3 or 4 rounds later and I am here to report that YES. You CAN live a life where you don’t constantly drown in single socks. And today I’m sharing the three simple steps you need to take to get your missing sock situation under control.
Step one: Find all the singles. Pick one of those days when you miraculously do ALL of the laundry and check under everything – the couch, beds, behind the dryer, etc. Check the car, your diaper bag, gym bag, wherever socks may be (intentionally or not.) Finally, go through all of the sock drawers, match up the ones with mates and throw the rest into the pile. Put ALL of the singles into a bag that is dated. Write the date the bag was ‘started’ on the outside and place it somewhere. I keep mine in the closet.
Step two: For the next 2 weeks (or one month, depending on the severity of your sock situation) add any new single socks into a new bag. Let’s be honest, you’ll still be finding the singles. After your pre-determined amount of time, take the first bag and lay everything out, before matching any socks in the second, newer bag with the older socks. Put away your newly matched socks and place the ‘newer’ bag back into your closet.
Step three: Toss any unmatched socks from the first bag out! Repeat the process with any new singles you might find.
The point of the second bag is to ensure that the singles actually are single – I can’t be the only one who either a. throws out a sock only to find it’s mate a week later or b. refuses to throw out a sock that’s been single for 7 years because I think there’s a possibility I just can’t get them into the same load and I actually do have two socks?
Also, as your cut down on our bulk of missing socks, you can probably stretch the time you collect your socks. That is, unless you have a toddler and an infant with an affinity for throwing and losing socks everywhere.
Yes, this might seem like a lot of work, but if having a drawer full of socks that don’t match bothers you – the 5 or so extra minutes it takes it totally worth it. It gets the singles out of the way for the time being and helps determine which to toss. Having only socks with mates in your sock drawer also saves time when you’re getting dressed, so to be fair, it balances itself out in the end!
Okay, so tell me – do single socks drive you crazy? What’s a simple issue that you’re in search of a solution for? Let me know in the comments!
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