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    Does anyone else have a separate basket for odd socks?

    I started one of these about 5 years ago, and it has really helped keep the sock drawers organized. Before, I just threw the leftover socks in the drawer and eventually would just end up with a big messy drawer filled with mis-matched socks. Now I only put matched pairs in the drawer, and any lone socks get thrown in the basket. About once a month I will take the basket down and match them up. It's also a good way to figure out which socks have permanently lost their mates - anything that I see at the bottom of the basket month after month gets thown in the rag bag or the garbage.

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    I have a pretty dilapidated green basket that I use for rags, odd socks, etc. I go through it once a week when I need to mate socks. I keep it in my room under the window, but I'm thinking I need a better place to store it.

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    My cousin had one of those and I used to laugh at the pile of socks in it.

    Gotta say.......no family sure makes that easier.....I usually search until I find that little devil!! More than a few times I have found it wadded up inside my fleece top or pants. Only a couple times have I just had to 'wait until it surfaces'....usually the same way. I go to put on a fleece top and it pops out the arms!

    The odd ones makes good dust rags.......cut them down and they fit right over your hand.

    The tops can be cut into strips (around) and then cut/opened up and used for ties in the garden.

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    I bringour old and mismatched socks into the preschool to use for chalkboard erasers and the children love them!!

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    I do - but I use an old zipper bag that was for a king size set of sheets. Every so often I go through and match them. If a "lonely sock" as my youngest child calls them - has been there awhile, it gets tossed. I should keep it for the chalkboard. I like that idea!

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    ~Nope. This is where having very little space actually pays off. Our laundry closet is in a tiny atrium that opens to the two bedrooms and only bathroom. We're all trained to put dirty stuff immediately in the laundry closet. There's really nowhere for the socks to hide from the closet to the bedroom dressers so no losses yet in the 10 years we've lived here.
    Now baby socks used to frustrate me because they're so tiny that they can end up inside of other clothes during the wash(in sleeves, pant legs)so I started pinning them together to make them easier to spot without having to vigorously shake every article of clothing.~

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    I have a drawer with all the unmatched socks in it. I have NO idea how I lost so many over the years. DH and I do separate loads, so it rarely gets mixed. Once in a rare while I match a pair, but for the most part they just vanish into thin air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrary Housewife View Post
    I have a drawer with all the unmatched socks in it. I have NO idea how I lost so many over the years. DH and I do separate loads, so it rarely gets mixed. Once in a rare while I match a pair, but for the most part they just vanish into thin air.
    I once caught my washer eating one.

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    I use an old canvas bag hung on a door knob. I go through it every time I do lights (which is where most of our socks are). I also keep odd gloves/mittens in there.

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    I have a drawer I put mine in.

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    We rarely have lonely socks because I buy everyone in the household the same socks. It makes life easier that way. I take a colored sharpie and mark the bottom of the sock with a line as to whom it belongs.

    I am also the only female in the household. I have some colored socks leftover, but I also have white ones.

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    No, we safety pin our socks together when we remove them (before they go in the hamper). This prevents any strays.

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    I really need to organize this. Just tonight...no kidding there was a sock on my couch that I have no idea who's it is or how it got there. It's to big to be my son's and too small to be my step-daughters. It will remain a mystery.

    One good thing about summer is that there is way less socks to deal with.... flip flops and sandals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by staceyy View Post
    No, we safety pin our socks together when we remove them (before they go in the hamper). This prevents any strays.
    OMG, this would never fly in this house. But a great idea.

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