Decluttering Orphan Socks

Some people declutter lonely socks easily: they aren’t paired, so they are no longer “really socks.” I can’t do that. I keep wearing them, mismatched. Once they start to get holes, then, I’ll use them as rags.

Consequently, I have too many socks. Here’s a hack to be able to “toss” more of them.

Black dots indicate that a sock is an orphan and worn out, so they can be decluttered.

Whether the sock is clean or dirty, I mark the toe with a black dot. That means, next time it’s washed, it won’t be reused. They go into a rag bag.

I take these socks and use them as rags. There’s more tips below.

A tip to avoid orphan socks: buy them in bulk, so they’re all the same. All white for the athletic socks, and all black for the work socks. I try to buy between a dozen and eighteen pairs at a time. I don’t start using them all at once. They get phased in as orphans and damaged socks get removed.

More Sock Tips

Swiffer Sock Tips on The Frugal DIY Mom

More Dots on Socks Tips to Organize Kids Socks at I Dream of Clean Simple

Hanging Orphan Socks on a Wall at Peace of Mind Organizing

Published by John

I can be reached at johnk@riceball.com.

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