Socks! Dreaded socks! Who can honestly say they've never had a problem with odd or missing socks. Having to deal with them is my least favourite part of the whole wash-day routine, so here are a few, ideas I've tried that may just work for you, too:
Buy only all matching socks (by that I mean a whole lot of identical pairs) Ė I have been trying to convince my son to do this as he mostly wears black anyway.
Encourage the family to roll pairs together as they take them off.
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Use lingerie bags to keep pairs together in the machine.
For older family members Ė simply refuse to take responsibility for the family socks. Throw them all into a basket in a cupboard somewhere and let them do the matching up themselves.
If you do keep an odd sock basket, use a peg or clip to attach today's date to each sock. If it hasn't been matched in a month Ė ditch it.
If you donít want to throw odd socks away you could try the following ideas:
Pretty childrenís socks can be used as to protect a mobile phone or glasses, or to make hand puppets.
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On particularly cold days you may want to wear two pairs Ė the underneath ones can be odd and it wonít matter as no one will see.
Put a tennis ball in the end of long socks and use for batting practice or as a pet toy.
Roll several tightly together and use as a safe indoor ball or pet fetching ball.
Plait or knot to use as a tug-of-war toy.
Fill with beans or rice (or play-dough) and tie the end firmly to use as a stress ball.
Coloured ones could be decorated as Christmas stockings.
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Fill with potpourri, stitch the top and place in drawers to keep clothes smelling nice.
Put a bar of soap in the end and use in the shower. This helps the soap to lather well.
Cut into bands and use as ties for hair or even for tying up plants in the garden.
As a last resort, you can always use them as slip-on dusters or polishing rags.