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Monday, May 18, 2009

Organizing Socks

Good Morning! Hope you had a nice weekend. Ours was rainy and cold, so we spent most of our time indoors. In between raindrops, we managed to squeeze in a trip to the Stan Hywet mansion and grounds including Barkitecture (a variety of creative and unique dog houses). We went to a movie, did tie dye and t-shirt painting, went to church, played some games, oversaw homework, and watched some movies while crafting.

Here's the dirt on socks:

Organizing Socks

Lately, members of NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) have had a lively chat on organizing socks. There was a plethora of ideas, so I thought I'd pass along all that wisdom:

- Dot system. Using a permanent marker or fingernail polish, put one dot on the toes of the oldest kid's socks, two dots on the second child's socks, and so on. When socks are handed down, just add a dot.

- Initials. Permanently mark the first initial of the sock owner on the toes of the socks.

- Sock locks. These handy devices keep pairs of socks together throughout the wash and dry cycles.

- Safety pins. Safety pins work like sock locks, keeping pairs together.

- Lingerie bags. Buy different colored lingerie bags - one color for each person - or color-code white ones. (Colored bags are more expensive than white.) Family members are responsible for putting their socks in their own bags. No sorting or lost socks! One organizer tells her family if they don't put their socks in their bags, they won't get them back!

- Buy different socks for each family member. Buy only one brand of athletic socks and one brand of dress socks for each person.

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Anonymous said...

I love your ideas! From a person who has absolutely no system for socks.

Anonymous said...

Everyone especially girls and mom's have their special and fancy socks..the tips below are for 95% of the time.

1)one color for each family member

2)if there are too many family members one color for each age group/size regardless of sex..buy unisex (s m l)..older kids wear black, middle kids wear grey and younger kids wear navy (mom's and dad's are on their own with this system perhaps white for dad and beige for mom)