Let’s talk about socks.
A couple of months ago, while sharing an overview of our laundry routine I joked about our sock “problem.” While I know there are much bigger issues in the world, mismatched socks can stress a mama out. Can anyone relate?
Our Sock Situation
We have four kids and two adults in our home. The math doesn’t add up for me, but we somehow managed to accumulate this basketful (approximately 792) of random socks.
Some of these loners have been in here for years, awaiting a reunion with their long lost mates. Well, that hasn’t happened. As we moved houses just over two years ago, I brought along the basket of single socks. Ridiculous, I know.
The majority of these are kids socks, as Mark and I don’t seem to have the same difficulty keeping our socks together. Usually, when one of us ends up with a single sock, it’s because the other one had a hole in it. I will often throw the un-holy sock away if it is near the end of it’s life.
I’ve really thought about why this issue is even an issue. It is partly because our boys peel their socks off the moment they take off their shoes. I am still training them to either tuck them inside their shoes or put them in the dirty clothes. Until I achieve that, I’ll likely keep finding them in the most random of places. Behind the couch, in the bottom of a toy bin, or behind a book on the bookshelf. You know, the usually places little boys strip their socks. 🙂
Our Sock Solution
I was racking my brain, trying to find a solution to our sock situation, when I mentioned it to my friend (and mother of 5). I was floored when she shared her secret with me.
She buys each child a different “type” of sock (usually a different brand) so they can be easily paired. So simple! Why didn’t I think of that?
In our case, I needed four different types of white, athletic socks. I hustled off to the store to purchase the necessary supplies and happily bagged up the remainder of our matched socks to donate.
Exhibit A: Four different styles of socks; a different one for each of our children. 🙂
Not pictured: A happy mama, with an empty sock basket!
Our Favorite Socks
I’m pretty much indifferent when it comes to a brand of everyday socks for our boys. I usually focus more on what feels comfortable for the child. Our second son has Sensory Processing Disorder, so some styles feel uncomfortable for him. Our oldest son is also picky regarding how tall the socks are. He prefers the shorter or no- show athletic socks.
However, when it comes to dress socks, there is a clear winner in my book.
Exhibit B: (Affiliate Link) Gold Toe Dress Socks
These dress socks are not only exceptional quality, but have a clever “feature.” Do you notice those gold lines on the toe? Each different size has a different number of lines. This allows me to keep four different sizes of khaki or navy blue dress socks separated. Three cheers for Gold Toe! Note: This post is not sponsored in any way. I just really love Gold Toe socks! 🙂
Perhaps you don’t want to go purchase new socks, or maybe you have one or two children and keeping matching socks together isn’t the challenge it is for me. I know several families who designate a mesh bag for each child near the laundry hamper, and toss it in the wash when it’s laundry time. A reader suggested this, and I tried it for a while. This arrangement didn’t work well for us, but it very well could for someone else, so I wanted to mention the idea.
Please share! How do you keep your socks matched and organized?