Organizing Socks

From the hamper, to the washer, to the sock drawer, there are several places that socks can lose their match. The mystery of missing socks will likely never be solved, but there are ways to increase the probability of being able to find two socks that go together, even in a large household. This is a guide about organizing socks.
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July 13, 2016 Flag
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When I do a load of laundry I always have socks that don't come out with their match partner! I'm sure this is a common problem for everyone. Instead of just throwing the single sock into the sock drawer in hopes that the mate will show up with the next load of laundry here is what I do: I propped a plastic utility basket up between the top part of the dryer and the wall. This is where I put all the single mismatched socks I find while doing laundry. After 2 or 3 loads of laundry, I go through the basket of socks and pair my sock mates. It's almost like a game for me! I get so thrilled when I find matches. If you have small kids this would be a great task for them - find the matches! I often have socks that never find their mates even after several, several loads of laundry. I place these socks in a bag and give them to my daughter. It seems the new teenage trend these days is wearing mismatched socks! Happy sock sorting!

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July 28, 20161 found this helpful

I use diaper pins and pin 3 pairs together before I wash them; then they go in the washer and dryer already paired up!

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October 27, 2015 Flag
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The one item I never put into a dryer is socks, because they always seem to shrink in there. So instead they get hung on the washing line on good days, or indoors on a foldaway airer on rainy days. Either way, this makes for a good opportunity to sort socks into pairs at an optimum time.

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It's a job I am sure that most of us hate, but if you do it as you hang them up it is an absolute breeze to sort out which matches what. Then very simply bunch the pairs together as you take them down once they are dry. Have a shoe box or something similar for odd socks and keep them in there for a few weeks in case their partners turn up on a subsequent washday.

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October 31, 20150 found this helpful

What a brilliant idea - yes I remember (just about) the days of teeny tiny sock problems

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October 16, 20160 found this helpful

I did this with my son's baby socks, up until his socks got too big. I don't think I ever lost one of his baby socks.

I keep a box above the dryer for orphan socks, but since my son left home, sock mates don't disappear like they did when he was borrowing his dad's socks every morning. There's no telling where those socks went.

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April 20, 2011 Flag
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Buy socks that are all alike. I store them without folding them into each other also. They stretch out faster if you fold them into a ball.

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May 19, 2009 Flag
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We're constantly losing one sock in a pair. I started keeping unmatched socks in a bag as I put laundry away. Every time I'm putting a load of laundry away, I check the unmatched sock bag in case I can find a sock to match the "new" unmatched socks.

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July 12, 2011 Flag
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I bought the net type washing bags for lingerie and delicate things. Each person in the family has a sock bag. The dirty socks are put in each person's bag, then I wash them and dry them in the bag.

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August 27, 2015 Flag
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One of the best ways I've found to organize my socks is using these sock drawer organizer boxes from HomePro Goods. You can use them in several ways depending on the thickness of your socks and season.

A sock drawer organizer filled with socks.

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January 18, 2006 Flag
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Instead of using those plastic over-the-door shoe organizers for shoes, I use mine to organize our socks! After taking the socks out of the dryer, I just roll them up and place a pair in each pocket of the shoe organizer (I do this with pantyhose and knee-highs too).

Organizing socks with an over the door shoe organizer.

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December 1, 2009 Flag

My three year old loves to play matching games. So when I am sorting and folding the laundry, I plop a large pile of socks in front of her to match up. She thinks it is a game and I get my laundry chore done faster!

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September 16, 2010 Flag
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With three kids in elementary school at the same time, keeping up with socks was not working, I got three packs (6 pair each) of white socks on sale that fit everyone.

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July 11, 2011 Flag
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To prevent losing socks in washer and dryer, pin the pair together with safety pins.

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April 6, 2009 Flag

I keep sock pairs matched so they are worn the same number of times, by numbering them when I take them out of a package. Starting with #1 on a pair, after washing simply match up the numbers.

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November 23, 2004 Flag
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Tips for easy sock sorting...

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January 23, 2007 Flag
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I bought one of those mini square plastic baskets that look like a small laundry basket and placed it on the closet shelves above our hanging clothes. I use it for socks instead of a drawer, it frees up drawer space.

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April 27, 2005 Flag
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I keep a cork board hung up in the laundry room. Each time I fold socks I take the strays and pin them up to the board. Next time I have strays, I check the board which usually has the match.

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March 25, 2009 Flag
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When my children were home we could never match socks for each person. So I decided for my husband and son that one person got the solid white crews/tube sock and the other person got socks with stripes.

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July 20, 2006 Flag
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Organizer for Kids Socks. I have recently discovered that there actually is a solution for mismatched baby and kid socks! No more lonely socks hanging out at the back of enormous dresser drawers.

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September 19, 2008 Flag
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When doing laundry, often we get socks that have gone bad and need to be tossed. Yet, it seems like they always wind up back in laundry.

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July 12, 2011 Flag
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If you place the socks at the bottom of the wash load, they are less likely to be thrown over the top of the washer and pumped out with the water. I read this tip somewhere years ago, and I have raised three kids and a husband using it with very few lost socks!

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July 2, 2004 Flag
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I use the dividers in glass bottle beer cases as sock dividers in my drawers. These dividers work just as well as the commercially sold ones in the organizational stores, but they are free. By MaryME

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July 1, 2012 Flag
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I was tired of losing socks in the wash so I came up with an easy idea to keep them together. I safety pin together my sock pairs! Most households have safety pins lying around, so put them to good use!

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June 17, 2012 Flag
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In 44 years of being a wife and mother I can honestly say I have never lost socks in the wash. I taught husband and kids to fold socks together when they took them off. I only put pairs in the machine and always at the bottom of the machine.

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July 9, 2004 Flag
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This is a great tip that I have found works very well. Place a small basket on the top of the dryer, one for each family member. When the clothes are dry, you can throw each member's socks in the basket.

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April 20, 2007 Flag
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Each family member has a different color sock; 4 boys, my husband, and myself. Makes it easy to sort. Black, gray, white, gray with a stripe, and gray with a colored heel.

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April 20, 2011 Flag
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Socks! The washing machine must eat them. Buy several pair of the same make, model, and color and not only do you save time sorting laundry, but if one goes bad or missing, you still have back-ups and an extra.

When they get a hole, cut off the top part and sew on as knitted cuffs on long-sleeve shirts or sweats when the sleeves are too short.

By kemperjl from Gilbertsville, NY

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April 5, 2011 Flag
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I often buy several pairs of the same color of socks so that if one sock of the pair wears out, there will still be several mates.

By Judy

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Buy Matching Men's Socks

I do the same thing for myself. Every winter I buy about 10 pairs of the same black sock and then I don't have to worry about matching up. (10/25/2009)

By mulberry204

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September 16, 2010 Flag
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I have two small boys and while sorting socks, I find that although they wear different sizes when rolled they all look like the same size. I roll one boy's toes tucked in and my other boy's socks toes out of the "ball". I can put them in the correct drawer without much thought and each knows at a glance if they have the right socks.

By Leigh Ann Stephens

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Sorting Children's Socks

Same in my family, one person have size 6 anklet while others have size 8 low cut. I solve this problem by washing the same types in one load and different in others (06/11/2006)

By Edgar

Sorting Children's Socks

We have 8 people in our family and seven are male. I have tried everything with the sock problem. I do them all now, kids just won't and can't do it well. I make piles of similar socks, by size or style or color or brand. Then I treat it like a game and match them. In a way, it is calming, and I can always think and plan things in my mind while doing this. When interrupted I rubber band each pile together and put in a sock basket. The basket is never empty, I am always waiting for a few empty mates to show up. (12/04/2008)

By kibby

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