Above is a picture of some of my kids' socks. I say some because the vast majority of them are still in the van or under the sofa and even on the front porch. And they aren't in those places in pairs...oh no. They get lost and left around in singles because sometimes just one foot gets cold or my kids get interrupted halfway through removing their socks or they've successfully removed both but one has temporarily become a puppet or a purse or a projectile.
On good days we keep the socks paired up nicely in a basket in their bedroom. Most of the time we keep their socks unsorted at the bottom of the laundry basket. On the not-so-good days, putting on socks means throwing all the clean clothes at the top of the laundry basket on to the floor to frantically search for socks on our way out the door. On the better days it means fights between my daughters over who get which pink pair of Dora socks and my husband having a meltdown over the sight of his son in purple tinker bell socks three sizes to big.
Because every pair was different, my 2 year old son just couldn't keep track of which pairs were his.
Enter the solution:
I've donated our random assortment of socks. And threw out the ones without matches. I bought 16 pairs of socks from Old Navy for 20 bucks.
Now when I tell they kids to go put on socks, the girls take pink ones (they are close enough in age and size to share socks) and the boy takes blue. The twins mostly wear stockings or footed pajamas at this stage. When they are bigger they will get their own color, probably purple.
I don't even pair the socks up. I just toss them into a bin.
No more fights over who wears what.
No more confusion over girly socks and boy socks
No more having to throw out a sock because we can't find it's partner (Or more realistically, saving a sock for ever because it's partner might turn up tomorrow...)
No more leaving socks in the bottom of the laundry basket because I don't have time to sort a million bajillion different pair of socks!
Good organizing is simple enough for a two year old to understand and acknowledges that your time is worth something. Sometimes organizing isn't neat rows and pretty boxes...it's just coming up with a system simple enough to work for everyone.
[This is day 11 in a 31 day series called 31 Days to an Organized Home. Click here to read the first post in the series and see a list of all the posts so far. Thanks for reading!]