Declutter Socks: 15 Minute Mission

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Today's decluttering mission is to declutter socks. The goal isn’t to throw all the socks away, but to keep a reasonable amount for each family member that makes opening the sock drawer manageable.

How to declutter socks from your sock drawer or wherever you keep your socks {one of the #Declutter365 missions on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest
You decide what a reasonable amount of socks is for your family, which depends on how often each family member changes socks, how often you do laundry, and how much room you have for storing socks. Keep in mind that the fewer pairs you have the easier it is to keep track of them all! More is not always better.

Be sure to keep a variety of socks – athletic, dress, etc. so you don’t end up short in a particular category.

A good first step to decluttering the sock drawer is to remove all the socks that don’t have mates and those that have holes.

If a sock has holes you can mend it, perhaps. But get real. Are you really going to do it? If not, then it is still clutter and you should get rid of it.

In kids’ drawers, go through and take out all the socks that are too small. A pair from 3 years ago most likely won’t fit that growing kiddo's foot now.

Obviously if a younger child can wear those old socks, no need to get rid of them completely. But they definitely don't need to be in that child's drawer taking up space and having them try to squeeze their feet into them.

Those small socks should either be shifted to the next child's drawer now, or put into storage until the next child is the right size for them.

Below you can see inspiration from readers who've taken on this challenge!

Top photo courtesy of Brendan C

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Here's My Decluttered Socks With No Mates

The picture above is from a reader, Kim, who did this mission. She said, "Funny you should mention this today. I was just working on decluttering socks yesterday. Look how many socks we have that don't have matches!!!"

Similarly, another reader, Regina, sent in this before and after photo collage below once she'd completed this mission.

Before and after of sock drawer from a reader, Regina, who did the declutter socks #Declutter365 mission {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}

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I hope seeing these pictures has inspired you to clean out those sock drawers.

When you begin to declutter the feeling you get is contagious, so if you're loving the results you're getting I would encourage you to keep going.

I've got a whole series of 15 minute decluttering missions (eventually 365 of them!) that you can do.

Just pick and choose the ones you want to do, that will make a big impact in your home. But if you want someone else to tell you the order you can also grab the 15 minute daily decluttering mission calendars and follow along as we all get our homes clutter free together!

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just did this
by: Jennifer

I did this last weekend! Had kids socks and my 2 are teens had been awhile.

Sleepover activity
by: Elizabeth

Every few months, my 5 young grandchildren join me for a weekend. On some trips, I ask them to bring their “lonely socks" from each of their 3 households. Along with my basket, they play a game. With the timer set for 10 minutes per basket, the one who matches the most pairs gets to choose the menu (including dessert) for supper. Much laughter is involved as goofiness is welcome. They always ask if they can bring them 'this time' and their moms like the return of numerous pairs of socks.

Wear mismatched socks!
by: Anonymous

My granddaughters have solved the dilemma of the missing mate of a sock. They enjoy wearing mismatched socks/footlets, pairing socks of similar color or color/design.

recycle sock ideas - craft projects
by: Bonnie

Some socks are too nice a material to throw away! Navy and tan, black and gray, and terry inside!! I cut the material from the leg part into the biggest rectangles I could get and sewed them together into a throw pillow, terry side out. So cute my daughter scooped it to her house! I save the nicer socks in a decorative fishing creel that sits on a bookshelf top, hiding its future craft adventures! In the works now is sock 'yarn' (1" or so strips cut in a spiral cuff down to toe) then braided or crocheted. Using only cotton socks, can be a bath mat or hot pad, depends on how ambitious I am. Strips are joined by slicing a button hole in the center lengthwise in both ends to be joined. Lining up the 2 button holes and slipping the other end of the new strip through both holes. Braided strips are hand sewn together.

use for dusting
by: Anonymous

Don't throw good odd socks out. They are great for dusting smaller things and then throwing away.

When to throw them out?
by: Chris

Just when do you throw old socks out? When they start to lose elasticity? Or become discolored? But if you can still wear them then why throw them? You'll only need to buy more! I only have a little draw but I need stocking socks for my casual job, normal socks, gym socks and bed socks for winter. I struggle to fit them all in!

sock storage technique
by: Anonymous

I am curious about how others store their socks. I have always folded one top over the other sock so the pair stays together. However, some people say that the elastic gets stretched out, so they fold their socks.

Make your life easier
by: Julir

My husband suggested to donate all our athletic socks and only buy one kind so as to make mating socks easier. It worked for a while... strife

pin socks together in the wash
by: Anonymous

When I had 4 guys to wash socks for we came up with the idea to pin pairs together with a diaper pin. The pair went through the wash together and were re pinned after wearing. Pins were stored on a simple nail close to dirty clothes bag.YES THEY REALLY DID IT or they had to sort socks. My husband does it still.

I'm good lol
by: Mandy

A few years ago I got sick of socks without mates & stretched out socks so I went through & threw away all of my socks except for "special" socks (fuzzy ones or ones I only wore on special occasions) and just bought a bag of long socks & a bag of short socks and every once in a while I go through them again (usually at Christmas time cause my mom still buys me socks even though I'm 33 lol).

holey socks
by: Anonymous

I can't seem to get rid of my husband's socks that have holes in them. I have thrown them out in the trash only to have him take them out of the trash (when he is taking out the trash). We are not that poor. He doesn't seem to mind, so I gave up.

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