Thursday, January 30, 2014

Fixing the Mismatched Socks Problem for Mommies Everywhere!

"I  HAVE A DREAM! That one day, all socks will have pairs, the all tootsies will stay warm, and all mommies will keep their sanity!" *cough* (Thanks for letting me borrow that one a bit, Mr. King!)
 I  was just talking about the stress and anxiety of mismatched socks with a friend, and a lightbulb struck and I said.. "BLOG!" so here we are.
I'm going to share a trick that I started doing about four or five months ago that saved my mornings! No more pretending that it's warm enough for flip flops and frost bite doesn't apply to toes or feet. No more desperate searches in the mornings and no more anxiety induced breathing, I found a solution!!

 I went to Walmart, and bought the equivalent of a bag and a half of socks per person in the family. (i.e. Hubby and I are sharing socks. 3 bags. Hunter and Hayden are sharing socks, 3 bags.)
 
I made sure that the socks are EXACTLY the same, and are plain white with nothing special or different about any of them. (Actually examine the package and make sure before you buy them.) 
 
Hubbs and I are semi close to the same size, in the same ballpark anyway, and I like thick socks, so we can share.
The boys are also in the same ballpark and can share. (You can do this for boys and girls together, plain white socks, it doesn't matter who's feet they're on.)
 
Now here's the hard part. THROW AWAY ALL OTHER SOCKS! Even if they have matches! Throw them away, bring them to a thrift store, or turn them into a quilt! DO NOT KEEP THEM!
 
Now, at laundry time, sorting, matching, and finding socks to wear will be effortless! AND Getting the kids ready for school in the morning? No problem! Never have to hunt for socks again!

                        Tada! Socks for you! Socks for me! Socks for everybody!!

11 comments:

  1. Absolute Genius! Love it so much. Now can you find me a lifehack that will get the socks to stay on my kids' feet?! You know, one that won't involve CPS showing up at my door because they hear I have been doing creepy things with superglue?

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    1. Well played, but my kids would turn them into slingshots in no time flat :) It's like being a prison warden, really. Makeshift weapons everywhere.

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  2. Great idea! Luckily I only have the one kiddo because I am supremely picky about my socks. ;) I could NEVER share with my hubby.

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    1. Hmmm....maybe convert your hubbs into a sock snob too?

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  3. I did this about a year ago and it was the BEST thing I've ever done. If one sock get's a hole in it, no worries. Matching them up is so easy too. If one kid tells me he's out of socks, I tell him to go get a pair from his brothers room.

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  4. That's a great idea but unfortunately it doesn't work with my boys since they don't like white plain socks. All three of them are always asking for their favourite kind of socks: the oldest (11 years old) prefers ribbed coloured socks, the boy in the middle (9 years old) goes for white or navy socks with grey or blue toes and heels, and the youngest (almost 8 years old) wears nothing but cartoon socks.....That's a nightmare because in case of missing socks no one wants to wear his brothers ...Sometimes in the laundry I have counted up to 20 mismatched socks and the boys wearing the same pair for four days....What am I supposed to do ?

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  5. Did the same for my three boys and two girls...bought plain white socks for all to share with no more mismatching on school day mornings and outings!!!

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