I’m assuming that you also have a black hole in your laundry room where stray socks disappear. It does seem to be a never ending battle. I have no idea how or why socks decide to part from their mates, but it is inevitable it seems.
This is my solution:
It sits on top of my dryer in plain site – so I am forced to deal with them!
I used to have stray socks everywhere. If I folded a load of clothes on my bed, there were 2 or 3 that sat on my dresser for 2 weeks. If I folded a load in the bonus room, there were a couple that sat on the side table for a couple of days. It drove me crazy, to say the least.
I don’t consider a load of clothes to be completed until they are put away in the drawers. And that includes putting all stray socks in the sock bin.
Use a small container – mine is a hospital bath basin (from my previous life as an RN). If you use anything too large, too many socks will accumulate and you will not want to deal with them.
Go through the container once a month. Pick a date to match all of the socks and stick to it. For example, on the 1st of every month I sanitize my machine and go through my sock bin. The first of the month is an easy date for me to remember, so it ensures my socks get matched.
If you have socks that stay in the bin more than a month, find them a new home. Make them into dust rags or throw them away.