{Decluttering} Odd socks

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#24 Odd Socks

I have mentioned before that I buy the kids plain white socks.  No pretty patterns or extra colour’s on the heels, as if they lose a sock it doesn’t matter as it can be easily paired up with another plain white sock.  I don’t pair socks together, each of the kids has a basket on their wardrobe floor holds their socks.  More details HERE on kids wardrobe organisation.

Have you been holding onto your odd socks?  Find a use for them or throw them away!

Uses for odd socks:

  1. Dust rags (easily slip on hand and dust away)
  2. Clean Walls
  3. Place over can or drink bottles to prevent cold drinks from dripping
  4. Camera or ipod pocket
  5. Cut the toes out and use as leg warmers or knee pads
  6. Mittens to keep babies hands warm or to stop scratching their face or sucking their thumb at night
  7. Make a sock puppet
  8. Keep games pieces together
  9. Make a cat toy
  10. Make your own shoe freshener using sock as pouch.

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odd sock jar 

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 This is so funny

 super organised sock drawer – image credit, unknown


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Hayley July 27, 2011 - 8:08 PM

Thanks for the ideas! I did same for my toddler – bought all grey socks. Wish I’d thought about that for hubby though. I must have about 20odd socks in my “odd sock box”, where I put all the odd ones that I won’t let back into his drawer again! I have them put aside in case I find the other pair, but I should just start using the better ones and throw the older ones out! 🙂

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:45 PM

Use them for dusting and cleaning

Guest April 4, 2012 - 4:36 AM

I use a 2 step system to reunite socks in my place.. I use a delicates bag inside my “dead sock drawer” this bag is for the long time offenders.. once they have been in there for 3 sorts, they get chucked, or used elsewhere as rags etc. Most times though, I find its pair in the outer drawer.. and its reunited.. when I go through it – the remaining socks are then added to this bag.. and given their time in there too.. that way when the new odd socks come in, its fast enough to just look through the previous odd socks – ie in the bag, as it is to search through them all constantly. With long term offenders gone – the bag is not as large as it could have been.. and there is no mix up then with throwing out the matching pair to the next odd sock that is in the next load.

Katrina April 4, 2012 - 1:03 PM

Great idea!!!

Jodi July 28, 2011 - 3:24 AM

I perpetually have THREE odd socks. They’re rarely ever the *same* three odd socks, either – so I just chuck the three odd ones back into the wash, they get back together with their partners and I end up with a different three oddies the next week! (I do not understand why I always have three odd socks! There are four of us in the family, and it’s not even uniform as to whom the socks belong to – currently, one of mine, one of the kids and one of the blokes socks are odd)

I do the same thing with school socks – I buy 10 pairs each of cheap white socks at the start of the year. I usually end up with 6-8 pairs of really gross white socks at the end of the year which I can chuck with a clear conscience! It’s way more economical to do that way as well… five pairs of white socks costs the same as two pairs of proper green school socks! And they get lost just the same!

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:47 PM

Socks are such a mystery.

Miss My July 28, 2011 - 6:57 AM

Thanks for inspiring me to declutter my odd sock basket which is a washing basket that is over flowing………….and possibly full of socks that don’t even fit my kids feet anymore.

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:48 PM

Happy to help 🙂

Amanda Toyer July 28, 2011 - 10:53 AM

where do they go?? thats what i don’t get! i mean i only take my socks off in the house so theoritically that damn sock must be somewhere in my home, but where damn it where??

Jodi July 31, 2011 - 12:56 AM

They turn into wire coat hangers.

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:52 PM

LOL, sometimes I am ironing and they fall out of a sleeve of a business shirt. They disappear somehow, mystery!

Katie Jeanne May 29, 2013 - 3:45 PM

Amanda, my Mum says washing machines eat socks & birds eat pegs 😉 lol – I have often found socks coming through the draining pipe in the machine.

Becci Sundberg July 29, 2011 - 4:39 AM

I must be in a parallel universe or something because I rarely have trouble with odd socks.
Yes one sock might be missing in a load, but it is soon partnered a load or two later when I find it under the bed, out in the yard (boys are always taking their socks off out there) but rarely is one missing for good.
i always pair my socks on the line. When I find an odd one and I know all the washing’s done I go looking for the odd sock. I usually find it, or like I said it turned up a few days later.
The clean and dried odd socks go back into the respective drawer where it gets paired up later when the partner is discovered.
I think in the last 3 years (since my youngest two have been born) I have maybe thrown out 2 socks because I couldn’t find their partners. And they were baby socks which could have been kicked off while out for a walk.
I have enough dusters etc so trashed socks get thrown in the bin. If they are ok but neither child fits then (or will in the future) they get put into an old nappy box where all the boys too small clothes go and then off to the church op shop for someone else that needs them.

Katrina August 3, 2011 - 11:53 PM

You are a rare breed Becci, lol. I don’t often notice if they go missing because all the socks are the same.

ZippyZippy August 7, 2011 - 12:57 PM

I love the odd socks hanging on the little line on the wall – thats my favouite 🙂
I also make and sell “Odd Sock Keepers” 🙂

Amber April 4, 2012 - 4:31 AM

A use of odd socks that we have – is for the hot summer time – we freeze water bottles to place in animal cages – and so they wont get too cold too quick by lying up to them, we wrap them in old/odd socks – best part of it – is they not only get a little wet from the melting moisture into the socks, but they also insulate the bottles – so they stay cooler longer.. and the animals appreciate it more!

Katrina April 4, 2012 - 1:05 PM

I just love this idea, I had to share it on our FB page.

Ruby June 14, 2012 - 7:41 AM

I have this box with a mixture of  socks and undies. Over time t-shirts and other clothes also found their way in there. But I hardly ever took the time to match and fold the socks; despite that I bought special washable sock clips, I always dumped them unsorted into or near the box in the assumption that I will still find everything. Of course I did not, long searches in the morning and complaints “where are matching socks, we need to buy some more”. Now I finally cleaned up the box: I  dumped 1 bag of ripped or single socks. But we still have for 2 people a total of 40 sock pairs… This is a lesson to always properly match and fold the socks…

Katty August 17, 2012 - 10:55 AM

It drives me nuts not having matching socks paired up after washing. I keep a basket under the change table where I throw odd (clean) socks after doing the laundry. Every few weeks I go through the basket and I find heaps of matching pairs that go back into the draws…. After a while I know what socks (or slippers) have no pairs 🙂

MummyJenn August 17, 2012 - 12:59 PM

Thanks Katrina. With four kids there is always plenty of odd socks. I keep these separate and overtime they tend to match up but it is time to start tossing those that have been sitting lonely for a while. We have an issue where the kids MUST, and I do mean MUST, run their hands along the walls as they walk by so now they can each have one of their lonely socks and happily run their hands along the wall cleaning it for me.

Helen August 20, 2012 - 2:15 AM

I blogged about this issue recently. After having dramas with missing socks, I brought my husband 10 pairs of identical black socks for Fathers Day so that pairing wouldn’t be an issue. It makes putting away socks so much easier, although unfortunately all the socks were too tight!!! http://www.housewifeinheels.com/2012/08/02/matching-socks/

cheaperbythe7 January 14, 2013 - 6:12 AM

i just found you on Pinterest…. my kids wear mismatched socks as it seems to be the style now…. can’t bring myself to do that yet. Love your site! My new year’s resolution is to be more organized….

Fi May 29, 2013 - 7:06 AM

I used 24 odd baby socks for an advent calendar. We always take odd socks on holidays with us, wear, then chuck. And I use odd socks while mowing, then throw away.

Trish May 29, 2013 - 4:52 PM

I did this with black socks for my boys to wear around the farm and we only have a few coloured heels pairs for school sport,


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