This weekend I had someone ask for my help as a mother of 5. She was looking for some tips on how to make life run a little smoother. Now I am by no means perfect at making things run smooth. But I have figured a few things out on my way, so I will post them on Manic Momdays.
Today I am going to talk about socks. Up until a few weeks ago, my feeling was that socks should be disposable. I hate matching them up, I hate pulling them out of themselves when the kids & husband pull them off hastily, and they are in a stinky little ball.
I don't have a solution for the second problem yet, but the 1st one is finally no longer a problem.
I took a Sharpie, and marked a dot on each sock, according to the owner. 1 for Chloe, 2 for Andy, 3 for Buffy, and so on... I bought each of them a sock bin to go on their dresser. At the end of the night, all I have to do is put them in piles, and drop them in the bin. They match them up themselves. I try to buy matching socks, but there are always different brands that were gifts from grandma or something, but I really don't care if they don't match. The best thing is that it is even so simple, that Jon can't say he doesn't know which socks go where! I love not having the top of my dresser covered in socks that I just pile on day after day, I love not having to search for socks on PE days for the kids.
Hopefully this helps some of you. If you have any suggestions to make it even better, please leave a note!