Anyhow, one of my least favorite things about doing laundry is looking for socks. Even if the dryer doesn't eat one (and to be honest, I blame the washing machine half of the time just because I think dryers get a bad rap), I hate the process of digging through a mound of laundry in search of the other navy blue trouser sock with light blue squares on it. Ug. What a time waster.
A few years ago I read (in Real Simple) that an easy solution to this was to pin your socks together. I tried this for a while and it did work. Socks came out of the dryer already mated. But the problem was getting the socks pinned.
I had several options:
- Dig through the dirty laundry to find sock mates and then pin the swampy socks together. A collective Ewwww! please.
- Have Matt pin his own socks together (and honestly, I'm still trying to convince him NOT to leave his socks in a sock ball after taking them off. How does that happen, exactly?).
Something had to give.
My solution: Get a lingerie bag
When you or your kids take their socks off, put them into the lingerie bag (it might be best to have a bag for each family member or one for adults and one for kids). I throw the whole bag in the washer and dryer and wa la! No missing kid socks.
I'm still working on Matt.