By dealing with the never-ending-all-consuming-straight-from-Hell sock pile.
Socks are the bane of my existence. Right up there with love handles and fundraisers really.
There are literally hundreds of them in my house, socks not love handles or fundraisers, thank goodness.
They are perpetually dirty, being washed, or in need of mating (which is like CIA level torture because they all pretty much look the exact same, even though they are each somehow fundamentally different).
And, quite frankly, I hate them.
I hate smelling them. I hate washing them. And, more than anything, I hate folding them.
Is just all seems so futile and waste-of-time-y. It won’t be five minutes before The Dudes are just going to put them on, run around in the yard in them (even though I have threatened bodily harm if I see them outside in socks and no shoes again), filthy-ify them, then peel them off and leave them on my kitchen counter (gag) all wet and funky.
I have thought long and hard for a solution to this problem. This guy really had something I think…
Sure, it might be a little dramatic if all you’re concerned about is sock fit, but if you’re me, and all you really care about is never having to wash and match and put away a bazillion Dude socks again, then it really doesn’t seem all that crazy.
Unfortunately, people would judge me and ridicule my children if I made them wear plaster socks, so I’ve come up with some other solutions to help simplify things a bit.
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1. Buy smart. I realized that having all white socks really isn’t very smart. Because, even though they all look the same when you gaze into that huge laundry basket filled with them, they aren’t. The Dudes all have different sized feet so when you match up a Dude #1 white sock with a Dude #3 white sock, people get angry. Really, really angry. We’ve started going with colors. #1 is white. #2 is black. And #3? He’s multicolor, of course!
2. Keep a clean sock basket. Before I started the sock basket, we had all of these lonely-because-the-washer-dryer-or-a-monster-ate-my-mate socks all over the place. Now, when I mate socks and some come up alone, I toss them into the sock basket where they wait until their mate turns up. Or until their mate is declared dead and they are set aside to be turned into a handmade dog toy.
3. Enlist help. For some reason folding socks is less annoying and frustrating when you are 7. So, I just make the 7 year old do it. Once I instituted the color system even he can whip through a basket of socks in under 30 minutes. And I can check Facebook while still feeling like a decent and responsible parent for teaching my kid a skill. Score!
4. Simplify your system. Similar to the clean sock basket, we also have a dirty sock basket in The Dudes’ bathroom. The moment socks leave their feet for any reason they are to be placed into the dirty sock basket. Should dirty socks find their way into the regular clothes hamper (or the kitchen counter, or the couch, or IN THE TOLIET?!), I kindly collect those bad boys and deposit them onto their pillows. I know, I’m a mean mommy, but sometimes kids need an incentive to learn! And also, I need the dirty socks to stay dirty together so I can wash them together. And, I need them to be washed together because then they don’t get lost as often. And I need them to not get lost so that I can fold them without losing my friggin’ mind. I NEED that.
5. Get to know your machine. My Whirlpool Duet washer has a bunch of neat cycles and functions that allow me to simplify and streamline my entire washing and drying process without putting up a bunch of effort. The best thing that has happened to my laundry is the Fan Fresh feature. It allows me to wash socks when I need to (which is sadly a few times a week to keep up with the funk), forget about them (like I always do), and not have to worry about them getting all moldy smelling while I ignore them to
Tweet drive The Dudes to practice and make dinner and work and stuff. I can forget about my clean socks for like 12 hours and come back and they will still be fresh and clean smelling to go into the dryer. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Whirlpool and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.