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23 odd socks!



  • GDB2222
    GDB2222 Posts: 24,655 Forumite
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    They are important proof that there is a God of Laundry, who takes a small offering from each load. Arrange them on an altar, publicise the miracle, and make loads of money selling cream teas to the coach parties that come to visit.
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  • nearlyrich
    nearlyrich Posts: 13,698 Forumite
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    Put them in the bin and forget about them, I had a huge bag of odd socks and it was very liberating to get rid of them, they used to make me feel guilty.
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  • Morty_007
    Morty_007 Posts: 1,496 Forumite
    Quackers wrote:

    Oh, and in answer to the original question - wear them! Thats what I do. I haven't worn a matching pair of sock for as long as I can remember :)

    I've got more important things to do than pair up socks - like eating chocolate :D

    hear both wearing odd socks and having better things to do than pair them!
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  • Fantastic ! I too have 'sock mountains' and the odd 'sock party' as I call them...but when I do this the kids and the rest of the family seem to disappear, I wonder why? Anyway the outcome of this is that every few months I do eventually find a few matching pairs (as unfortunately I am one of those strange people that can only wear matching socks, sorry!) and the rest head off to a good cause, where I am hopeful that they can somehow be matched with some other odd socks !!

    Thanks for sharing this with us, the world feels a lighter and better place !!!

  • This doesn't answer the question of the existing odd socks but might help prevent another odd sock mountain: I use the mesh bags that come with laundry tablets and put pairs of socks in there before they go into the washing machine. I appreciate this may be impractical with lots of kids but it worked for me when the household reduced to one husband and one son.
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  • Lill111
    Lill111 Posts: 53 Forumite
    why not sit down and make simple hand puppets , the kind were you stich some button eyes on and a mouth made out of felt and sell them at the kids school christmasfair or even donate them to your local school for the kids to make them themselfs?

    Nix143 wrote:
    I have just been through my odd sock bag (it lives at the bottom of the ironing trunk ((yes, I have an ironing trunk :D))

    Anyway I have 23 odd socks! Of all different colours, patterns and size

    Now I have an OS dilemma - do I do a Flylady and fling them? Or do I hold onto them in the belief that the matching one WILL turn up one day? Or, does anyone have any alternative uses for my sock mountain?

    I love you guys, come on, amaze me with what I should do with these socks - because deep in my heart I KNOW you'll think of something that makes me go AHHH! What a great idea!

  • Wayne1_2
    Wayne1_2 Posts: 12 Forumite
    With 23 odd socks in the house I would be looking for my wifes one legged lover.
  • I used to despair over the odd socks I had accumulated but a few years ago I worked with a young woman who used to wear odd socks. Now I as a fifty-five year old man thought I could never do that but I tried one day, same shade but different socks, and found I could do it. In fact it's quite liberating because no-one notices and really, no-one cares. It can be your little secret or you can boast about your freedom from convention. Now I just put on the first pair that comes to hand. Of course, if I am dressing up I will choose a pair of socks as I will choose my other clothes but for every day use, I no longer think of socks in pairs, they are just individuals like the rest of us. Incidentally I have a theory about our common ability to collect odd socks. I am convinced that left and right socks have different dyes applied to them so that after a few washes, they are significantly different, a kind of built-in obsolesnence that benfits sock manufacturers. Well, not in my house!
  • You could always prevent it happening again by pegging the socks together BEFORE you wash them... (just keep a bag of pegs by the laundry basket).

    That way they come out of the wash as a pair and already have a peg to hang on the washing line!
  • BigDonut
    BigDonut Posts: 291 Forumite
    nothing to do with dyes.
    Everyone knows its the underwear gnomes that cause odd socks to appear
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