Today, I give you another sock tip.
But this time it’s not mine. It’s a different, but just as brilliant, sock tip by lazy mom Barbara.
So if my sock tip didn’t do it for you, this one sure should.
Prepare to scream with joy.
Or dance like a little girl.
Take it away Barbara!
I am mom to 3 active young boys (7, 4, 1) and sock management is (was) always a problem. So I came up with this system: each September I go out and buy 2 packs of new white socks for each boy, making sure the socks have either different colored writing on them depending on the sock size and the boy who wears them (“Hanes” in blue for 7 year old, “Hanes” in green for 4 year old, etc). Each boy has his own sock home- a bag you can find at the grocery store that is supposed to hold plastic bags (see picture below). When I finish laundering the socks, I just stuff them into the appropriate baggies (e.g. 4 year old has the small socks, which have a green “Hanes” on them). The baggies hang off the laundry room doorknob and the boys get their own socks in the AM, then go to get their own shoes from the shoe basket we keep next to the laundry room. When the baggies are low on socks, I know it’s time for a load of socks!!
No more fancy sock shopping, they’re all Hanes or the Target brand- plain white and one style (ankle). No more problems matching crew/ankle/no show socks. No more running around looking for missing socks. The boys know which socks are theirs and there are no more squabbles or asking me to help them find socks. The socks last (about) a year, and I toss holey socks as I see them go through the wash. As the socks diminish, it’s summer and time for sandals/flip flops, so it works out!!
FYI- you can also do this with small baskets attached to the wall of your laundry/kids room; one basket for each kid. For me, I pick the laziest possible way and have everything in the laundry room (straight from washer/dryer to bags to kids’ feet and back again). Oh, and I forgot to mention- I’ve trained the boys to take off their socks and put them in a Rubbermaid bin in the laundry room, when it’s 2/3 full, I fill with hot water and bleach, allow to soak, then throw it water and all into the washer. Easy peasy!
You’re screaming for joy, aren’t you?
You’re dancing like a little girl, aren’t you?
You’re doing both, aren’t you?
LOVE this sock tip! Thanks Barbara!
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