I’m an iffy housekeeper. I try – honestly I do – and sometimes I do it well, and the kids lunches are made the night before, the rooms are all tidy, the dishes washed and the laundry done. But lots of times the laundry is NOT done – or at least is not folded – and I blame that entirely on the fact that my laundry room is in the basement and the basement has a door I can close. (Out of sight, out of mind)
So this inevitably leads to a school morning sock free-for-all, where my four boys dig through a MASSIVE pile of similar looking socks, trying to find a pair. I also have one sock-obsessed 6 year old who will only wear 3 of the 200 pairs we own, because “those 3 don’t get lumpy”.
After they left for school this morning in the usual whirlwind, I sat down guiltily to fold enough socks for the rest of the week. They all look so similar, but are all different sizes/ankle heights and it took me a good long while to match up 7 or 8 pair. I even tried to get my 4 year old to help me – by telling him we were playing a matching game (He loves those) That’s when inspiration grabbed me!
I ran to the kitchen to grab some colored sharpies. I drew shapes on the feet-part of matched pairs, so they will be easy to spot in a pile. My 4 year old yelled out which shapes he wanted me to draw, and I just went at it. Here are a few:
I think this will help the kids find their matches in the morning – when mom’s dropped the ball (Let’s just be honest, it’s going to happen again). Not only that – the little ones will think it’s fun to dig out matching pair and hand them to me – like a game!
Heck, I might up the ante and throw some alphabet letters on the next batch – so we can practice our letters!
Do you have any little tips you would like to share that help you in everyday life? I thought it might be fun to post some practical reader-tips once in awhile, so leave your comment and I might contact you to do a post like the one I just did above!