Do the socks in your house drive you crazy? Well, in our family of 7 and 7 sets of feet and the 14 pitter patters hundreds of times a day, the socks are an issue.
I know, I have tried so many things – washing in nets together (which only works if your family members keep them together to begin with), having the matched and unmatched bin and the sad and lonely unmatched socks, whom eventually get turned into cleaning rags or crafts if their mate doesn’t show up for eons. It’s a sad fate for those little guys. And it is a funny process to witness as the unmatched sock bin becomes more and more full each week.
Well, we finally found a solution (and one that we have done for a couple of years) and that also makes like easier, minimizes your “stuff” and makes life more enjoyable instead of a “hurry up” fight in the morning!
WARNING: it is a little weird. I will totally admit that. But at the same time, it is totally smart and totally makes sense.
And we can testify to the fact that IT TOTALLY WORKS!
Are you ready for it? Here it is…….
Throw out all of the socks in your house right now and go and buy a week’s worth of socks for every family member in your household. BUT…. the new socks you buy need to be all one color or design per person and all different from each person.
Why? Because, when you wash your socks with your laundry, and you go to fold and put away, it is super duper easy to identify whose socks are whose, it doesn’t matter if you have an odd number as they all become pairs (and maybe you will find the one that was missing, and if not still keep it for when another sock is lost and you will be even again ;)), it doesn’t even matter if you match them up! Better yet, throw them in a pile and tell your kids to come get their socks. Our kids keep theirs in a gallon size bag in their drawer. This makes it even easier!
It is a seriously easy, peasy, life-changing thing to do.
I know that throwing out old socks and buying new does not seem very thrifty – but the time and sanity you will save is worth it. In fact, you know the old adage “time is money” and anything that saves time and helps you be more organized is worth the money.
But in terms of expense, this really is less than $10 per person. Even high quality socks are not usually more than $10 for 7 pairs, but when we do refreshers on this (as the socks get old), we can typically get around $4-$5 per person with sales and bundled deals.
We have been doing this for a couple of years. However, I drug my feet implementing this plan as I seriously thought was a bit extreme!
But because of desperation to stop having the sock fight, to stop rummaging through bins of socks, to stop this insanity – I finally did it and it has been one of the best things ever for managing this area of life.
There are a few things that are also learned from this experience:
Having less is more. I know it may sound silly, but there is real truth to that statement. Just a lesson on minimizing socks has taught us this. We feel like we have more with less socks, with less choices, with less laundry, with less “sock bins”…. it is more. This concept can certainly carry over into other areas of our lives and we are still working on minimizing and simplifying other areas too.
How does being a minimalist/simple equal thriftiness? Well, in our opinion, you will spend less money (even if you are buying things for rock bottom prices), it trains your mind to not think you need to take advantage of every deal because you don’t want to have to deal with those extra things, you have less things to wash and take care of (which cost money!), and you are saving loads of time – which equals more money!
It also teaches yourself and your children to be content with what they have. This is a virtue that is often lost in the “stuff minded” world we live in! You cannot put a price on that!
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What do you think of this idea? Do you think it is extreme?
Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions – we’d love to hear!