Declutter Socks: 15 Minute Mission
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.
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.
Sometimes we're afraid that we'll find the mate to a sock later. First, I would suggest implementing some type of sock basket or other system
to help you mate up single socks more quickly in the future. You can read my article with ideas and tips about that at the link.
In addition though, even if you don't declutter the socks with missing mates right away, it will help you to remove them at least for the time being from your sock drawer, or wherever you're keeping them, so you don't sort through them daily when trying to find a pair to wear. You could do what a reader, Suzanne,
did recently as an idea. She said, "I put my daughter's odd ones (she had lots) in a clear bag so I can see them in case the mates turn up. But I dated it so that if they don't turn up soon, they'll be tossed." Suzanne sent in a photo of the bag she used, and you can see it below at the bottom of the article.
Another no brainer kind of sock to declutter are those with holes.
If a sock has holes you can mend it, perhaps. If so, place them in your mending basket
to make sure you do it. 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