Warning: You are about to witness what could possibly be the BESTEST Lazy Mom Tip ever. Because of this you may experience dizziness, crying, an uncontrollable need to hug someone, and possibly even fainting. All from the sheer joy of it. Consider yourself warned.
My lovely lazy moms. What I am about to share with you could possibly change your ever. loving. life.
Get ready to thank me. In fact, you might as well go ahead and thank me now. Because it's THAT good.
Go ahead... thank me... I'm waiting.
How many of you have one of these sitting in your house right now?
You know, a laundry basket filled with socks? Because I did for months and months and, well, months up until this weekend. In fact, that's the very laundry basket pictured above.
But last week I decided I had had enough of this laundry basket of socks. I hated how it mocked me every time I walked past it. I hated how it swallowed matching socks alive in it so you couldn't find a pair when you really needed it. I hated how it brought about tension and discord to our mornings.
So. I came up with a plan. A plan to take her down!
I emptied all of the socks out and started sorting.... and sorting.... and sorting.
I threw out mismatched socks, socks with holes in them, socks that were so soiled they would never come clean even if I buried them in bleach.
Then, I bought everybody in my family one of these...
A lingerie mesh wash bag.
I also bought a package of these babies...
Drip dry hooks that I found at a local home improvement store.
Then I labeled everybody's bags and hooks with their fist initial (something we do often in our house) so I knew who's is who's....
And I gave each person their own bag to hang in their room somewhere...
Do you know why I did all of that?! Huh? Huh?
So that each person can put their socks in them when they take them off each night! The bags are big enough to hold a week worth of socks, so once a week I'll do a "sock call" and each person will zip their bag up, throw it down the laundry chute and I'll do a load with everybody's sock bags!
Everybody gets their sock bag back and they can do with them as they please! Dump them in their drawer as is, or match them and put them away. At that point I don't care! All I know is that I will no longer have one of these in my house taunting me!
No sorting! No huge laundry basket full of socks! No disgruntled mornings because you can't find a match!
Hmmm, I've never been called a genius before, but this might be an appropriate time to do so. Because THIS is genius I tell you, sheer genius (if'n I do say so myself).
AND the best part is... the lingerie bags only cost a dollar something each and a pack of 6 drip dry hooks were a dollar something as well! That means that for less than $10 I brought SANITY back to my laundry life. And THAT my lazy dears is totally WORTH. IT.
P.S. I had to teach my kids how to unroll and straighten out their socks so they don't go through the wash that way. I did this by doing the first load of socks "as is" and showed them how they didn't come clean or dry. That way they really understood why they should take the time to put their socks in their sock bags all straightened out.
P.P.S. Another item I make my boys put in their sock bags is their underwear. They wear the same exact size, so I never know who's is who's. This way their socks and underwear all stay together.
P.P.P.S. You love me... don't you?
If you loved this Lazy Mom laundry tip, then you'll also love this one where I took back my couch from the laundry!
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