I know you have one too. A chore that you hate to deal with. A job in your home that never quite gets done. Being a large family means that there are certain areas that desperately need to be organized so I don’t lose my mind and so that our house functions better. Usually these are the things that I never get around to but this week I tackled one of the many. Allow me to introduce you to my biggest frustration:
At any given time in our house we have a FULL laundry basket of socks. While it’s great for building early math concepts (sorting and matching) and for starting sock wars it is seriously annoying to deal with every laundry day. Because this has been a problem in our house for so long I decided we needed a better system for our socks and I came up with a great one. Rather than going through the hassle of pairing up socks every Sunday (the only time I seem to get around to finishing the 12 loads of laundry our family generates) when I am folding everything, I decided to implement a snap system.
I assigned each girl in our house a color (we used brown, pink, aqua and green) and attached snaps to each of their socks. The socks remain snapped together when not in use, and they get snapped back together after they are taken off and put into the laundry (hopefully!). Voila! No more sock matching. This will also help to cut down on the fighting over socks (yes, my kids fight over socks, they fight over a lot of things). Easy Peasy.
All I needed to do it were the socks we already owned, snaps, and a snap setter. As my girls get older I am going to just buy a specific sock style for each girl and continue to apply the snaps.
When I applied the snaps I made sure the smooth flat part of the snap was on the inside of the sock so little feet wouldn’t be irritated buy a pokey part rubbing on ankles. I also placed them on the inner ankles and not the heel, so that the heel of the shoe wouldn’t rub on the snap. Hopefully I will never see a full basket of socks again.
Do you have laundry issues? Something in your home that needs to be tackled?