Good Housekeeping – The Socks Drawer

We all have our ways of dealing with socks. I used to roll them into balls…but no more…

Last time my cousin Kate come to visit us she showed me a new method of keeping the socks storage problem at bay. I have always complained that they are taking far too much space… yes, I know that the easy solution would be just to get rid of some of them but I love me socks and wanted to keep them all!

Now, I still have all my lovely socks and even some space in my drawer (sock shop here I come…).

This is how my socks draw used to look like*
This is how my socks draw used to look like*
And this is how it looks now
And this is how it looks now
My socks folding method before and after Kate’s visit
My socks folding method before and after Kate’s visit

Most of the time I think that I know it all (as I do…) and that my way is the best and the only way (cause it is…) but how wrong was I in regards to my socks. Kate’s method is far better. Her folding system gives you flat ironed socks as a result, which means that they take much less space once placed in the drawer. Once I re-made all our socks drawers Mark laughed at me and told me that this change isn’t going to last, he gave it 1 week tops. He was wrong! (again…) It is coming up for the  2nd month of keeping Kate’s system in place and I have no intentions of going back to my socks balls way.

These easy to follow instructions will show you how to get nicely folded flat socks every time.

Collect matching pair of socks
Collect matching pair of socks
Place one sock on top of the other, right side up
Place one sock on top of the other, right side up
Fold socks in half
Fold socks in half
Hide them inside one of the socks, making flat packet
Hide them inside one of the socks, making flat packet

This works with all socks, including huge fishermen’s one. Depending on the size of your sock drawer, you may want to fold the large sized or very long socks over a few times, before folding them up all in one packet (I fold Mark’s biking socks over 3 times before I pack them in together).

Have fun if you decide to re-arrange your sock draw. It is a boring process (if you have huge selection of socks), but once it is done, keeping it this way is very easy. Or you can break yourself in gently by folding the new fresh washed socks in the new system and the old socks will be replaced as they are used. This method is also good for identifying any lurkers that you never wear, so you can discard them making even more valuable space.

*Picture source

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  1. This is a most excellent creative idea! I’m definitely telling mommy about this. For some reason, socks find their way into a black hole here at the Hotel Thompson and one always comes up missing only to be found months later in a totally off the wall spot. Hopefully, we can rope them all in with this technique. Thanks my friend! XOXO – Bacon

    1. I got a great solution for mans socks. I bought 100 pairs of socks for Mark – all the same colour and manufacturer. Now when one gets eaten by a black hole I just match it with some other one, as they all look the same…

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