What do socks have to do with homesteading? Well, nothing, really, unless you raise sheep for wool, spin the wool into yarn and then knit the socks from said yarn. And I do intend to do that one day, but for now for me, socks really have nothing to do with homesteading. However, before I invented my sock system, I would spend as much time folding all my other laundry as matching socks. We are currently a family of seven, a family of seven that has 14 feet. That means a lot of socks.
I know it's a stretch to talk about socks on this back-to-the-land/ homesteading blog, but you'll be glad you read this... having organized socks will free up your time to do bigger and better things, like homestead.
I've read a lot about sock organization, even particularly in large families. Most families' systems are variations of four systems:
1. They say the heck with it. They have some sort of large receptacle for socks and let their children fish out a pair or something resembling a pair when it's time to get dressed.
2. Each family member has some sort of special mesh bag or bucket in which he or she keeps all their own dirty socks. They wash the socks together.
3. They use sock pros or some kind of other device to keep their socks together.
4. A certain family member, usually a tweenager, in charged with the sock matching task for the entire family.
1. The big receptacle method- I have a pet peeve about socks that they have to match. I also can't picture my little ones finding matching ones. I picture them throwing the socks on the floor actually. As the kids get older, I don't think I want them sharing socks.
2. I also tried the mesh bags. With my little ones, I'm lucky if I can get them to put laundry in the hamper, forget about in their own sock bag. Plus I've had the bags open and spill out. It just didn't work for me.
3. Sockpros are designed for adult socks. They don't work on baby socks. If you stuff several pairs of baby socks into them then what's the point? Some of those come out. Also, it requires one to have sockpros handy when one is getting undressed. I was never organized enough for that.
4. I could not delegate the matching socks job. My oldest just turned five. I do not have a child right now old enough to have the cognitive abilities to match socks for seven people.
Little did I know that Oprah Winfrey had the perfect solution to organizing socks once and for all. She would revolutionize everything I ever knew about sock organization.
|The mesh bag and the sockpro are sock organization |
failures for our family.
The Oprah magazine held they key to the solution...