Socks. Just that one word could cause nightmares for moms of larger families.
With nine people in our family, we have plenty of feet that require socks (preferably matching socks) on a daily basis. Unfortunately, sorting and matching socks has never been one of my favorite things to do. A few years ago, I got so frustrated with the never-ending pile of socks waiting to be matched, that I decided it was time to try a new method.
Here’s what works for me:
Buy only one kind of socks for each child. Pick a brand, style, and color–and stick with it! When all the socks are identical, no matching is necessary. Bonus: no “orphan” socks!
Buy socks with different colored stitching for each size. Color-coding makes it a cinch to separate the different sizes of socks: blue stitching for the older boys, green stitching for the younger ones, and so on.
Use a sock basket. Don’t want to take time to sort and distribute all those socks? Keep a laundry basket designated for clean socks, and toss ‘em all in! When all the socks in each size are exactly the same, even younger children can grab their own set of matching socks from the basket.
What works for you?