The Great Sock Match-Up
I’m not squeamish about buying things at thrift stores that other folks disdain, such as socks, underwear, and bath supplies like shampoo and shower gel. (Hey, I’ll wear my sister’s underwear after it’s been washed, and I know where that’s been.)
Still, when I had an entire laundry basket full of solo socks, I had to face the diminishing returns of Too Many Socks. This afternoon I rounded up socks from all their hiding places, and after the Great Sock Match-Up, I can see clearly now that a hundred pairs of socks is more than any Californian needs. When it gets to the point that you can’t find two alike, so you go out and buy another half-dozen pairs, you have a Sock Problem.
Thanks to my friend TOE (“The Other Ellen”) for moral support and for helping me match up most of the vast collection. If I used the 80/20 rule again, 20 pairs of socks are my workhorses, and 80 are just for fun, so if I downsize half of those … nah, that’s still a little too much fun.
First pass: 60 pairs of socks are walkin’ to the Living Room. I’ll donate any I don’t wear at least once during sock weather — which is about 6 weeks in Sonoma County– so only the lonely mismatches will have to go to Salvation Army’s rag bag.
Value: a friend who helps you match your socks is a jewel beyond price