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So...we've had a sock situation festering around here for a long time. Which I almost entirely resolved sometime in the last year by instituting the sock basket in the laundry room. When I do laundry, I just fold all the kids socks and place them in one small basket on top of the dryer. It works because they never put on socks until they are about to walk out the door, and used to have to go back to their rooms to get socks. It also works because the 2 big kids share socks often and so do the 2 little kids...so they might as well be all together in one place (it helps keep one person's drawer from getting totally full of socks while another person's is empty). Anyway...a win/win...I'm a domestic genius...I pat myself on the back. The only problem is, the sock bucket is always overflowing, and the kids are always peeling off their socks when they get home and dropping them all over the laundry room floor or throwing them on top of the washing machine randomly. So, it often looks like a sock explosion, which only draws more clutter to the area.
The other problem...It inexplicably drives Daniel crazy. They are not his socks, and he is a generally disorderly person anyway. But lets not get started on his pet peeves. I could write 3 pages about his hatred of glitter...the herpes of craft supplies. But I digress. After one of his usual tantrums about "Why can't they keep their socks in their drawers like adults?" this morning...I decided it would be easier to tweak the current system (which the kids and I are both happy with by the way) to make it perfect than have to explain to a judge why I was suing for divorce over sock related irreconcilable differences. I took a photo with my phone in case anyone out there on the interwebz with a bunch of kids could benefit from the trial and error that brought me to this sock nirvana. You're welcome. :)Baskets came from the dollar store. 5 baskets = $5 = cheaper than a divorce attorney. I divided the one overflowing basket into 2 separate ones for the bigs and littles. I think all 3 girls grasp the concept of dirty socks go in red..so I just need to keep picking Xander's up off the floor for a little while longer. I noticed it already has socks in it since they got home from school and peeled them off as usual. So, I'm going to declare the tweaking a success. The laundry room sock war may at last be over. It seriously looks like a sock graveyard in there most of the time. There is even a bigger basket in the back for socks with lost matches and other items needing repair. I swear I'm not crazy...I just hate excessive clutter and I have 4 CHILDREN, I have to find a happy medium.