If you’ve ever gone through military boot camp, you’ve learned that there is only 1 correct way to fold socks. While that is true at boot camp, in real life there are at least 4 different ways I can show you how to fold socks. I use different folding techniques depending on the size and style of the sock and the age of the person wearing the socks (and responsible for keeping the sock drawer neat).
If you don’t consider the best way to fold your socks, you’ll end up with this. A messy sock drawer where you can never find a matching pair of socks.
You’ll waste time in the morning searching for 2 matching socks, not to mention the frustration you’ll create for yourself. Why do that to yourself? Just take a few minutes now to figure out which sock folding technique will work best for you and save yourself time and frustration. Here are 4 techniques that work for my family.
How to Fold Socks
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Tuck the socks
When my children were young and had teeny tiny socks, I simply tucked one inside the other. I also tuck one sock into the other for low-cut socks. It’s super quick when you’re folding laundry and the socks stay together as a pair in the drawer.
Fold the socks over
Tucking the socks takes too long when you have crew or taller socks. For taller socks, simply fold one sock over the other. I used this technique when my children were young and I knew that they were unlikely to keep their sock drawer neatly organized.
Rather than frustrate us all, I simply folded the socks over and tossed them into the drawer. My kids could tumble through the pile searching for the pair of socks they wanted and the 2 socks would stay together. Again, it’s a quick way to fold socks fresh from the dryer. For some reason I still don’t understand, my husband prefers his socks folded this way (wife shaking head and resignedly folding socks over).
Roll the socks
Simply lined the socks up together and roll from the toe. This way I can neatly file them in my sock drawer and see all the socks at the same time.
Fold socks military style
For those of you on your way to boot camp, let me show you how to fold your sock military style. By the way, I survived folding socks military style when I went to training and I was a training instructor (a drill instructor in the Air Force) for a short time, so stand at attention and pay attention. You start by laying the 2 socks on top of each other with the ends lined up. Then starting at the toe of the sock, roll the sock up tightly.
Straighten the socks out and make sure you have the “smiley” on the top side of the rolled sock. The advantage to folding your socks this way is that you can roll them very tight and compact for small spaces or for travel. Also, they don’t come unrolled if you have kids tumbling through the socks in the drawer. However, this way takes the longest to fold socks.
There you have 4 different ways to fold socks. What’s your favorite how to fold socks technique? Before folding socks, take 10 minutes and follow these Purging Tips for Socks.
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