Keep a quart-sized (or larger) Ziploc bag in everybody’s sock drawer. When a lonely sock appears in your folding pile, place it in the appropriate person’s Ziploc. Hopefully after a few more loads, you’ll find other lonely socks that match, and they can be reunited!
If a match does not turn up after a few months’ time, it’s time to re-purpose the lonely socks. Try one of these ideas:
- Make sock puppets.
- Use them as erasers for a child’s dry erase board. (Have your child put the sock on the hand they don’t use for writing. When they are working on the dry erase board and mess up, they just use the socked hand to wipe! The sock also doubles as a handy place to store the dry eraser marker.)
- Fill them with rice and sew up— stick in the microwave for a minute and you have a heating pad.
- Clean with them— lonely socks can be great for scrubbing the bath tub, dusting, or polishing shoes.