A “Why Didn’t I Think of That” Laundry Tip

April 25, 2014 | By | Comments (2)

laundry detergentWe’re all familiar with the age-old mystery of the missing sock. Where does the other pair go? Armed with this clever laundry tip, you won’t have to wonder anymore.

Barbara Reich, a New York City-based organizer and the author of Secrets of an Organized Mom ($25, amazon.com), suggests buying your kids’ socks in just one style to eliminate “sock widow” pileups. Plus, with only one style sock, you can skip the time-consuming task of matching socks as they come out of the laundry.

For answers to more burning questions about your laundry, see our answers to your top laundry problems.


  1. Kristi

    This may not work with children, but this is what I’ve always done, and my boyfriend does too now. We simply try to keep our pairs together at all times.

    They go in the hamper at the same time. They go in the washer at the same time. If we come across a lone sock in the hamper, we know its match probably fell behind the hamper, under the bed, stuck in a pant leg, etc, and we’ll quickly go look for it. Everything then goes in the drier and when the drier is done, I pair them all up in the laundry room before putting it all in a basket to put away! We have shelves in our laundry room that socks can easily fall behind, but if I’m pairing the socks up in the laundry room, I notice if one falls behind!
    I’ve never lost a sock!

    I hope this may help other people!

    April 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm
  2. Jen

    Everyone in my house gets a mesh lingerie bag (from the dollar section at target or dollar store). This has worked exceptionally well.

    April 30, 2014 at 4:12 pm

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