Save myself the trouble? Safety pinning socks seems like a lot more trouble than just washing, pegging and folding.
No, it's not trouble at all. I have those little plastic circles that hold socks together, and they're great:
- Buy a different color circle for each family member so that people other than Mom know at a glance which socks belong to whom.
- Keep a little bowl in your bathroom /bedroom to hold the sock locks. Train family members that when they take off their socks, they clip them together before throwing them into the hamper. My husband and I share a bowl in which red and black circles cohabitate, but my kids each have their own containers of rings in their bathroom drawers.
- The sock locks keep the pair together ... no more finding that one sock made it to the wash while the other was dropped in the hallway or mixed in with another load. They stick together in the washer and dryer.
- Drop them right into the dresser drawer with their sock locks still intact. Now the socks can't separate as people rifle through the drawer. When the owner wears those socks again, he returns the plastic circle to the little bowl so it's available later.
I can't imagine an easier system. My family is totally on board with it because it takes very little effort, and they hated not being able to find socks.
- You have to buy the sock locks up front, but this is probably a $5-6 per family member investment, and you should never have to do it again. You'll save more than this in a year by NOT replacing socks.
- Some of my husband's big, thick winter socks are too thick to fit into the sock lock. I haven't figured out how to solve this problem yet.