Avoid losing socks in the laundry

09 May 2013

Before loading the washing machine, find ways to link your socks together.

Where do missing socks go? Professional organiser and CEO of Neat Freak, Isabelle de Grandpre, says it’s one of the great mysteries of life but socks that go unaccounted for are often just stuck in the washing machine. 

They also get attached to garments with Velcro strips and disappear into the corners of fitted sheets - only to be discovered (should you be so lucky) a few weeks later. 

De Grandpre shares a few helpful tips on how to avoid losing your socks in the laundry. 

1. Francis Mc Menamin, a Neat Freak Facebook fan, says the sock thief only steals socks that wander alone.

She says they’re safe in pairs so before loading the washing machine, find ways to link them together.

To do this, fold the sleeve of one sock over the other, tie them together, or use an office clamp, safety pin or clothes pegs to hold them together.

2. De Grandpre says to keep your socks from straying, use a netted lingerie wash bag or mesh bag.

Check the inside of the washing machine for the odd sock that might have been left behind.

Rita Badenhorst from Facebook suggests that you pop all your socks in a pillowcase and tie a knot at the open end to keep them from escaping.

3. Keep track of how many pairs you wash.

A quick tally before and after the laundry is done will help keep you organised and alert you of any missing socks.

4. Once you’ve completed a load of laundry, check the inside of the washing machine for the odd sock that might have been left behind. 

5. A lot of socks get lost in-between the trips you make to and from the washing machine and the washing line.

They often slip out of your hands or fall out of the laundry basket only to be carried away by static electricity or kicked under furniture. So watch your step and keep your socks in the middle of your laundry pile so they don’t escape.

Socks often slip out of our hands or fall out of the laundry basket only to be carried away by static electricity or kicked under furniture.

6. Socks are susceptible to static so they tend to stick to other pieces of clothing.

Shake out your shirts, pants, towels and other items before folding and putting them away.

7. De Grandpre says once you have clean, dry socks don't put them down, put them away.

She says because these are small items, they need to be sorted and put away before they get stuck under the sofa or bed.

8.Organise and check your socks, says de Grandpre.

Like every decluttering process, this should be done regularly. She says start by grouping colours together or perhaps group them according to application - hiking socks together, gym socks together and so on. Use a drawer organiser that keeps them well separated. This way, you’ll keep record of what you own and what might be missing.

9. Set aside a drawer or bag for lone socks in the hope that a missing partner will turn up.

Go through this stock at the end of each month and see if you can reunite separated socks.

10. De Grandpre advises homeowners to weed through their sock drawers time and again, and flesh out what they don't need.

She says stop buying socks just because they look cute, only buy what you need. – Katlego Sekano 

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