Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Finally a sock solution...that Works for Me (Wednesday)

I want to start out by saying that I did not come up with this solution. I actually read about it on a message board and was soooo stunned and amazed that I had to try it myself. This is such an amazing, but simple thing that I immediately shared it with Hubby too & even he was amazed and thought it was the absolute best idea he had ever heard.

Socks have never been my favorite thing, but when we only had boys, my solution was to buy one brand of all the same white socks, that way if one got lost it was never missed and when the sock supply was dwindling I would simply buy a new package to add to the population. Then, we had a girl. Our life has never been the same since adding girls to our family. Girl socks are just soooo CUTE. I can not imagine putting the same exact white socks on my girls everyday, I just had to do the cute prints & the lace & all the frills. However, along with that cuteness came the keeping them matched up & not loosing the mates dilemma.

A few months ago, the sock discussion came up on a message board I frequent. One mom had this fabulous idea, she bought each of her girls (she has 8) their own net lingerie bag. The bag was hung on a hook in the kids rooms and each time they take off a pair of socks or tights they go directly in the bag!!! When it's wash day, the bag goes into the dirty cloths hamper and the socks are washed & dried inside the bag, no more lost socks, no more sorting each girls socks & it's easy to match them all up to put away because you've only got 6 or 8 pairs each at most.
This bag works GREAT for my 8 yr old, we hung it on a hook that is too high for her little sisters to reach. All her socks & tights for a week fit nicely into it with plenty of room to move around while washing and drying. It works so well, I'm considering getting her another one for her undies and camisoles. The little girls share the same size socks and tights, so they also share one bag. Their bag is a standard mesh bag with a zipper closure, I keep it in my room because that is where I store all of their clothes. This has worked so well I'm planning to buy my 10 yr old son a bag too.

That is what Works for Me...go here to see all the cool things people are sharing in this week's WFMW at Rocks in my dryer.

10 comments:

Melanie said...

What a great idea! Where did you find the bags?

Traci Best said...

WOW! That is so simple! I also hate this chore and always end up putting if off until the last thing! Thank you!!!

Traci

Kim Layton said...

That's one of the best ideas ever! I hate missing socks!
Thanks for sharing!

Dave said...

That was awesome. I am going to show my wife. Missing socks is dich a trauma filled event in the house. Now if we could just find a way to keep all our gloves and mittens!

Denise said...

Melanie...the bag is the picture is "special" and came from Victoria Secret's in the mall...they had it in the window & my daughter & I both just LOVED how cute it was.

The regular type of lingerie bags, I have found on the laundry organizing isle at Walmart & sometimes in the actual lingerie department in stores like Sears & JC Penney.

Rina said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing. Now, do you have any ideas for keeping track of SHOES?! :)

Denise said...

Rina...we have a wire shelf by the front door that all the shoes go on when the kids take them off, I'll have to take some pictures & post about that in the next couple weeks.

Sandi said...

Great idea -- my husband once matched up over 100 pairs of socks for our family of 4 from the unmatched sock box. We definitely need some help -- we just keep buying whenever we get low and can't find enough matches!

PrudentHomemaker said...

Now I wonder if I got more bags if I could get them to sort by colors before putting them in the bag. . .

My boys wear colored socks, and my girls wear white socks. My problem is keeping the socks straight by size! (I have 5 children and my oldest is 7). Socks are my least favorite part about laundry.

Kirsty said...

FYI: Target is selling lingerie bags 2 in a package in the $1 section. :)