Does it seem like David Copperfield lurks in your laundry room, waits for you to leave and then makes your socks disappear?
All across America, sock-wearing people pull innumerable loads of laundry out of dryers and, most likely, end up with at least one sock that’s missing its mate.
If your laundry room feels like the Bermuda Triangle, consider the following tips to help keep tabs on your socks.
1. Use laundry bags
Mesh laundry bags are like fanny packs for the washer and dryer. They keep socks in one place and have easy access zippers for quick storage. Throw your socks into a laundry bag to store them all in a safe and secure place.
2. Connect the socks
In bad television and film, if two characters can’t get along, the remedy is to slap handcuffs on them until they work it out. For socks, keeping them attached with safety pins or binder clips ensures that they won’t go their separate ways in the wash.
3. Throw a sock party
Occasionally, a runaway sock turns up months later in the leg of a pair of parachute pants. To prevent playing sock hide-and-seek, consider doing a load that consists solely of socks. Then, they won’t get lost in the fold.
4. Start an orphanage
Start a pile for all of your lone socks. As the pile grows, check to see if any of them belong together. Like The Island of Misfit Toys, eventually they’ll all find a home