This is one great tip! I've always had a habit of loosing socks in the wash (we all know how they sometimes get "eaten" by our washing machines!) So I started buying my socks in packages of 8 and I'll usually buy at least 2 packages (all in black or all in white). So, this way I end up with 16 pairs that ALL match each other, so if I lose one sock, it's no problem because I still have a whole bunch more. I also did this with my kids when they were growing up. But in the rare instances that my kids had the same brand of white socks, I simply took a black permanent marker & would put 1, 2 or 3 dots (depending on which child they belonged to) or the child's first initial of their name on the toe. You have to do this right when you open the package or you'll never be able to figure it out!
* The only problem I have with this method is that if you like to wear black socks like I do... after a while some will be faded and some will be as bright as new. When this happens you'll have to sort them according to darkness or you'll end up with a black sock & a nearly gray sock.
Another thing that helps is, if you try to always buy your socks at the same store. This way they will continue to match. For example, I always bought my oldest sons socks at Fred Meyers and my youngest son's at Walmart. When I needed to buy them more socks I'd try to go back to the same store so I could get them the same brand. This way, they would always have socks that matched. Another thing that helps to sort socks is that one of my daughters liked the low "tennis shoe" type of sock & the other one like knee socks. If you are fortunate to have 2 kids that like different styles of socks this also helps to sort them (like tube socks Vs, toe socks etc). (08/21/2008)
I hear ya! My husband went as far as to buy a different color of socks and underwear. When it comes to shoes they both wear the same size and bought the same size tennies so they just kept their tennies in different places. (08/22/2008)
I have each kid do his own laundry, so the socks are always separate, and it is not my problem. Each kid has his own laundry basket in his room. They share the blue jean wash, and I wash all the whites (but not socks!).
I have also purchased several packages of the same color and brand of sock, and I agree that that is a good tip. My sons solved the matching sock problem by deliberately wearing socks that did not match. I think a little creativity and independence go a long way to make mom's job easier. (08/22/2008)
Buy the whole family the same socks and you'll always have a match. (12/04/2008)
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