Everyone’s talking New Year’s Resolutions and life-changing goals. Me? I’m talking socks. Have you noticed? That your collection of socks has a tendency to wear out. Toes poke through and heels wear bare. Little feet become big feet and there are perfectly good but no longer wearable socks left behind. In the sock basket. Making it really full, in danger of overflowing. Which means – Out with the old, in with the new! This month we purged and tossed and then replenished our supply.
Growing up we had a sock basket. Socks rarely got matched and rolled into pretty little bundles all lined up in the dresser drawer. My mom decided it wasn’t worth the time or effort it took to sort out socks for 4 girls close in age who wear similar sizes but have very different taste and style and could be quite vocal if their socks ended up in their sister’s drawer. It was just easier to let us dig for ourselves. And so the Sock Basket became a permanent storage place, it was our system, it worked.
Fast forward a few years and I am laundry for 7 people (down from 10!) and in our household we have a sock basket. When I had 1 and 2 little ones I could keep their cute little socks all matched and folded and organized. Now? Not worth the time and effort. Let’s do the math. 7 people = 14 feet. 7 days/week X 17 feet = 98 socks. Add in an extra couple changes of clothes per person per week, fancy dress up socks for Sunday, extra socks for layering when playing in the snow and we are talking a rather large collection of socks. So, I wash the socks (provided they make it to the laundry room) and I leave it up to each individual – if they want their socks all neatly lined up beautifully in their dresser drawer, I am happy to let THEM do it. If not, I’m happy to know they have socks in the basket to keep their little (and not-so-little) tootsies warm.
Do you have an overwhelming number of socks in your home? How do you handle the upkeep and maintenance?
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