I have a confession to make….
I currently have 23 odd socks.

Is that excessive? I think so.
Once I got up to 44 and for the last few years, have not been able to get below 13. I honestly don’t know what happens – maybe the washing machine eats them or maybe there really is a sock heaven. I still like to hang on to them, just in case their mate shows up one day. I didn’t really have a system for hanging on to them and this only compounded the problem!

On a recent stay at our house, my mother decided to do something about it! She searched under beds on a big hunt and was very proud to find 3 missing mates, but more needed to be done. So, she made me an “odd socks bag”, which now hangs with pride on my ironing board. Domestic Bliss here we come.

But 23 are just tooooo many – it’s time for a reality check – some socks are never going to be reunited with their life partner. There are newborn baby socks in there – I need to let go! Maybe it’s time for these socks to find a new life repurposed as something else. You might see some transformed into hobby horses for a farm party (thanks Anna for suggestion) if I get the time and the kids certainly have had fun with a few sock puppets!

I interrupted writing this post to hang some washing on the line (such good winds out there today) and underneath the pegs I found a scrunched up white school sock hiding in my peg bag (the peg bag that my mother made for me & I LOVE) and I happily trotted off to my new ‘odd sock bag’ and found its’ mate. Joy.

Do you have a pile of odd socks? What do you do with them? If you don’t – please share your secret!

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  1. says

    i too have a stash of 'odd socks' – mostly they are the kids socks that go missing and it's funny you know, my daughter is wearing odd socks today as I can't find either mate and it's a home day and one purple foot and one pink is creating a bit of amusement! I think i need to let go too and get rid of some socks that will never return!! I have thought of putting socks in a

  2. says

    oh you had me laughing……I have just recently got a bit tough on myself regards the odd socks I was clinging on to…..well Max is 8, he is hardly going to fit into an odd bootie is he!!!! I love your mum's bag idea – that is so sweet & cool at the same time!! Good on mums hey!

  3. says

    We have a bottom drawer at our house. When we built a new built in wardrobe in the boys room we didn't use all of the space straight away so this drawer just became the odd sock drawer. I guess one day it will be needed for other things but at the moment works well. I'm sure there are a lot of pairs in there for quite a while though – only gets sorted every few months and I pretty much

  4. says

    we have hardly any matching pairs so my kids just wear odd socks heehee. infact the other day my son had pinched an odd "pair" from my daughter and we later realised during the day that they wear each wearing socks that could have matched each other! it's just the way we roll ;)

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