Baby and toddler socks are notorious for getting lost in the laundry process. I would love to know the percentage of socks I’ve purchased that are still within the walls of this house. My guess is <50%.
I have no idea where they go.
But in the past few months, I’ve made great strides in my retention rate of those tiny little items. And of course it involves a mesh bag, because you know I love them. They meet so many of my laundry needs.
I tend to wash everyone’s clothes together except the baby. For whatever reason, it is easier to wash hers separately at this point in time. So that alone makes it slightly easier to keep up with her socks since they should only be in one load – not scattered out over several loads.
But the best idea I’ve had lately regarding baby socks?
I have a mesh bag attached to her laundry hamper.
You know how you come up with a fabulous idea every once in awhile and you wonder why you didn’t think of it sooner? This was mine.
The logistics of it are so simple: whenever I (or my husband) is getting the baby undressed, her dirty clothes go straight into her hamper and her socks go straight to the mesh bag. Then when it is time to wash her clothes, I zip up the mesh bag and throw it into the hamper.
The socks go through the washer and dryer in the mesh bag and then I match them and put them in her drawer. I re-pin the bag to her hamper and the cycle starts all over again.
So what if you don’t have a pin-able type of laundry hamper? Think outside the box. You could: pin the bag to her changing pad on the table, pin it to the outside of her crib sheet, hang it on the wall above her table if there’s already a hook there.
Look around you and identify what the easiest, most accessible spot is for a sock-only mesh bag and then go put one there!
Really, it is such a beautiful system. You’ll love your results.
Keeping track of little socks definitely works for me!