Maybe I've been checking a few too many of my 2nd grader's math word problems, but here's the way a load of laundry went one day last week:
27 socks from 3 different kids I attempt to match up.
I successfully made 11 pairs.
How many socks were left without a mate?
Answer = 5
Matches are on top sorted by child, and socks missing their mates are on the bottom.
My children take their socks off all over the house and car. I find them stuck down inside shoes, under the bed, under our shoe shelf, and occasionally in my purse!
So the odds of both socks making it into the dirty clothes, through the washer, out of the dryer, and ready to be paired with their mate is not very high these days.
And I didn't think about it when I bought these socks, probably because it was August and my kids had not worn socks in 3 months, so I had blissfully forgotten what it was like to wash socks times 3 children, but why, oh why, are each pair of socks in the packages I bought slightly different?!!!
And if they are the same on top (you know the part that sticks out of the shoe) can I match a sock with 2 sharks to a sock with many sharks?
Before my perfectionistic ways would not allow that kind of thinking, but now?
As a reformed perfectionist thanks to the daily refining God has allowed through mothering 3 children?
Well now, I'm really, really close to calling that a match!
And these socks:
Same size, basically same on top, just different stripe pattern on the foot part (which has the sole purpose of driving me insane) = match!!!
The current system is that the lonely socks are put in the drawer with the matched up ones where they can anxiously await their match, perhaps in a few days (or weeks) when the car, under-bed, backpack, etc. is cleaned out!
I really wish I could remember which blogger it was that I read her tip a year or so ago that she only buys one size and style of kid socks for her many children so matching them up is a breeze, because I love the idea in theory, but in practice? My kids are only 2 years apart from each other and 4 years & 3 months from oldest to youngest, but they encompass 3 different sizes of socks! And if I put a too big sock on one of them it's inevitable that I hear whines about the wrinkles inside their shoes, and a too small sock, well the heel doesn't fall in the right spot and that just doesn't work! So, I'd like to ask how she gets around the size issue or if she's found a magic kind of one-size-truly-fits-all-sock!
So, what do you think?
Life on earth is too short, just get close and call it a match.
Your mothering skills will be seriously scrutinized when/if your kid takes his shoes off at a friend's house and the mismatched socks will serve as proof of your lazy home-making; matching socks = an orderly life.
Do you have another way of handling the sock chaos?
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