One morning last week we were due to meet friends of ours at the local park for a catch up and I stupidly left the kids in bed as late as possible so they could catch up on some much needed sleep.
I ended up getting them up half an hour before we were due to leave and had a little smug smile to myself when they were up dressed, washed and sat on the settee munching on a chocolate croissant with a glass of milk with five minutes to spare.
Unfortunately, the smugness was wiped off my face when I sent Master Frugal to put his socks on!
He could find lots of socks – that wasn’t the problem. The problem was that, according to him, none of the socks he found matched any of the others.
Refusing to believe this, I marched upstairs, determined to find a pair of socks. But he was right and as I sat in the middle of his floor surrounded by a pile of odd socks my first thought was that this issue must be addressed with a ’10 ways to avoid odd socks’ type post.
My second thought was clearly that we were going to be late and that I was going to have to force Master Frugal to wear odd socks! He ended up (after a battle) with one sock with a mustache on it and another sock with some super hero on it. Both rolled so far down that they couldn’t be seen above the top of his high tops anyway!
So with the odd sock crisis averted temporarily, I thought I’d share my top 10 ways to avoid odd socks:
- Buy a pack of socks where every sock is identical. Master Frugal now has a 14 identical socks – all of which have 13 potential partners and not just one.
- Everyone is under strict instruction now that they must roll their socks into a ball before putting them in the wash basket which avoids the potential of the wash basket eating just one sock.
- I will unravel them when I put them in the washer so they’re washed properly but I’m going to pair them up again when I peg them on the line again.
- There’s a gap between my washer and the kitchen counter above it so any socks that are separated from their buddies will be dried and then squished in the gap until we find their friend or until I give up hope.
There, that’s all I have!
I couldn’t get to ten I’m afraid but I think the four I have are good enough to solve the problem.