- 100 Things Around Your House to Throw Away NOW
- Organizing Your Socks – How Do You Keep Them Under Control?
- Sock Dots
- Don’t Give Up
- DIY Projects for Mismatched Socks
- Make Sock Puppets
- Turn old socks into Hacky-Sacks
- Easy Stress Ball
- Eco-friendly Mug Cozy
- Instant Leg Warmers
- Puppy Pee Training
- Protect a Cold pack
- Store Bits and Bobs
- Protect Your Floors
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100 Things Around Your House to Throw Away NOW
I hate downsizing. There I said it. I have a constant fear that I’ll someday need said item that I’m getting rid of. I’d rather spend hours figuring out the perfect organizational system for too much stuff than downsize. Yet even someone me is able to get rid of these 100 things. Whether you throw away, recycle or donate, I promise you won’t miss these 100 things from your home!
1 Extra buttons in little plastic bags from every clothing item ever purchased | Odds are you don’t even have the shirt the buttons came with!
2 Window bill envelopes | besides paying bills when on earth would you use these?
3 Expired condiments
4 Scratched CDs | In this day and age if you’re going to even keep CDs they sure better be working!
5 Expired batteries | Just because you put them back in storage, doesn’t mean they’ll start working again
Organizing Your Socks – How Do You Keep Them Under Control?
This sock organizing post is brought to you by Sock Dots, sock identification in a snap.
Are you ready to get started? I know I am. It’s crazy really. My socks are overflowing to the max. I think my MIL gets my kids all sorts of different socks for Christmas each year. I buy them socks when they need them, too. AND apparently we never get rid of them, unless they have holes in them. So…..
getting through the sock basket is a really exciting thing for me! I’ve had this overflowing basket in my room for months. Literally. Months! (I told you I was a disorganized mess!) It vomits all over my floor on a regular basis.
I start wondering why I’m wading through socks and realize that someone must have been looking all the way to the bottom of the sock basket to find the perfect match. So, currently, my system goes this.
1. Do a load of laundry
2. Fold all clothes from said load, including matching any socks that go together.
3. If the socks don’t have a match, they go into a laundry basket that is especially for unmatched socks.
4. Some day, I will match socks from basket if I ever get desperate enough.
5. Be afraid of throwing them away. You may have the other sock in the laundry. (ha…that doesn’t help me one bit, does it?)
SO, as you can see. My sock system isn’t working very well for me. I have several hundred unmatched socks. Seriously. We have 9 people of differing sized feet in our house. We have a lot of socks. We have more unmatched socks than matched socks because apparently, I never wash the right socks together in a load. Here’s a picture:
I’ve threatened to start over, but I can’t bear the thought of spending $100 or more in socks for the family when we already have so many pairs. I’m out to find a system that works better for me. Ultimately, I need to get rid of all the ones that have no matches. I need every sock in the family to have a match and if it doesn’t, it’s going to have to go away.
Last week, when I announced that we are going to work on socks, I was amazed at all the awesome ideas that you sent me. You all are brilliant!! There are so many great ideas to try.
I was really excited about one product in particular, that you could use to really simplify your sock sorting if you happen to have a large assortment of socks that aren’t exactly the same ( me), but you don’t want to go purchase all new socks (also me).
A big thank you to Clary who told me about the company, Sock Dots.
Sock Dots are a way to color code your socks, so that you know who they belong to. Each person is assigned a color and you snap the sock dot onto the sock, so that they can be easily and quickly matched with it’s owner and it’s mate.
It stays on permanently, even through the washer and dryer! I know what you’re thinking…..what if that one person has a bunch of different kinds of socks, then what? Well…get a Match Maker Tin.
Here’s the explanation of that from their website:
Match Maker Tins are designed to match up a specific pairs of socks. Socks with the same color Sockdot combinations (ie Red top/ Yellow center) belong together. This insures the wearer the same wear and tear on that mated pair.
As you can see, I think that Sock Dots would be an excellent way to organize our mounds of socks. I think maybe a mom came up with that idea.
One of life’s greatest mysteries is what happens to that one missing sock at the end of a wash cycle. It seems the pile of mismatched socks just grows bigger and bigger every time.
Somewhere, in laundry land, there must be a Bermuda triangle filled with all the odd ones.
Especially if you’ve invested in special-purpose ones, Elite Sports Socks, it’s even more disappointing when you lose one.
That’s why we recommend not throwing them out.
You’d be surprised what you can do with just one lonely sock. These ideas are easy, frugal and a great activity that can keep you busy for hours.
Here are 10 practical and creative uses for the leftover, lonely ones.
Don’t Give Up
It’s possible the missing socks may one day magically reappear again a few laundry cycles down the road.
Until then, you might feel comfortable using them with another odd friend.
Let’s face it. Do people spend time looking at each others’ socks?
If you’re wearing long trousers, for example, nobody will see them. Why not just wear a mismatched set.
For that one person who does notice, you can laugh it off as a ‘getting dressed in the dark.’ For the really fashion-forward of you, this is your moment to create a new trend.
If, however, you’re pretty sure they’ve gone forever, why not put your DIY skills to good use and try out some of these creative odd-sock ideas.
DIY Projects for Mismatched Socks
Leftover socks provide the perfect fabric for DIY projects. These ideas are for when you’ve given up the idea of seeing the missing partner again.
Make Sock Puppets
Kids love puppets. They instantly become a new best friend and are especially helpful for shy children to open up, as they’re more ly to talk to an inanimate object than to a person.
Children are exceptionally creative. When given a new sock puppet, they can create their own shows and performances, which is ideal for bored kids during time off school.
Turn old socks into Hacky-Sacks
Don’t spend money at the toy-store on expensive hacky-sacks. Make your own.
Fill the sock with rice or plastic beads and tie it at the top. That’s hours of fun for the kids at your fingertips.
Easy Stress Ball
Press some playdough into a sandwich bag and then cover it with a sock.
There is nothing more soothing than having something you can squeeze, and that doesn’t burst!
Eco-friendly Mug Cozy
Ditch the cardboard (plastic-lined) mug holders for a handmade one. How to turn a sock into a mug cozy.
Instant Leg Warmers
When it starts to get a little chilly, the kids will appreciate your home-made leg warmers.
It’s as simple as cutting off the toe part of some mismatched socks.
Puppy Pee Training
Nothing is cuter than having a new puppy in the house. Except when the little monster pees everywhere.
Socks are surprisingly absorbent! Keep a bag of mismatched ones handy, and every time there’s a little mishap, just soak it up, as if it was a rag, and toss it into the hamper.
Protect a Cold pack
Often when a family member suffers a sports injury, they need to put ice on the affected area, but this can be an extremely uncomfortable feeling.
Wrap the cubes or cold pack in socks, and then place them on the pain spot.
The fabric will help take away the brutally cold sensation.
Store Bits and Bobs
Have you gone to play a board game only to find one of the pieces missing?
Storing all the components in a sock and keeping it with the game will ensure everything is there next time you bring it out.
When moving house, place small, fragile items in loose socks, and then in the box.
This offers an extra layer of protection to avoid getting broken.
Protect Your Floors
Many people choose to leave their shoes at the door before they enter the room.
For those who aren’t comfortable with that, you can keep a basket of single socks at the door.
Just slip an odd sock over each shoe and you are good to go. This method will prevent any damage to your precious timber floors.
There you have it, 10 creative and unique ways to use old, single and mismatched socks. You’ll never have an excuses to throw them away again.
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