Day 9 – Decluttering Socks

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Originally published January 9, 2016 and updated January 2018 and January 2024.

Today we’ll be working on Day 9 of 31 Days of 10-minute Purging Tips Challenge.  Today should be an easy day of decluttering with practical decisions rather than emotional ones, unless you have emotional attachments to your socks. Keep in mind that we are clearing clutter to make room for our best possible life. Let’s get to decluttering socks.

5 pairs of children's socks clothespinned to clothesline with text title reading 10-Minute Decluttering Socks

Since purging socks should be a simpler task than some of the other purging tasks we’ve worked on, you may have extra time or energy that you can use to go back to one of the earlier purging tasks. Of course, you can use the extra time to relax and enjoy all you’ve accomplished so far in our earlier eight days of purging, too. 

Clearing Clutter – Purging Tips for Socks

3 pairs of colorful socks laying on black table

Let’s jump right in. Grab the 6 purging bags you created earlier.  You can either take the purging bags to your dresser or bring your sock drawer to your living room or kitchen table to work. Purging and organizing socks are perfect couch potato organizing tasks. You can easily accomplish this task while watching your favorite TV show ( you know, couch potato organizing while enjoying a little TV). 

Take Everything Out- Dump your socks out or lay them out neatly, if you’d prefer. (I told you this would be an easier day of purging. Yea!)

Group Like Items Together – Group athletic socks together, work socks together, ski socks together, soccer socks together, and so on. Within those categories, group socks together by color and/or style.

smiling woman holding SockDock with socks in front of dryer
3 pairs of children's socks hung on clothes line with wood clothespins

Evaluate – Look at every single socks. Check for holes. If there are holes, throw the socks out. You heard me. Holes? Throw ’em out, no rationalizing. Look at each pair of socks. Do you like them? If they’re uncomfortable, get rid of them. Life is too short for uncomfortable socks (and your space is worth too much to waste on uncomfortable socks!).  Be ruthless. Donate socks you don’t want or need. Socks are seldom donated and in big demand.

Purge – Remove items you don’t need to keep and place them in one of your 6 purging bags. 

neatly folded  socks on a wood table with title text overlay reading How to Fold Socks 4 Different Ways

Put Everything Away – Put the items you’ve decided to keep back away. For tips on how to fold socks 4 different ways, I’ve got you covered. 

Tips for Folding and Organizing Socks

How to Fold Socks – What’s the best way to fold socks? Let me show you how to fold socks neatly 6 different ways. You can choose the best way to store socks for you.

6 different pairs of socks on wood table.

Organize Socks with a Repurposed Sandwich Box – Create your own sock organizers for free and save the landfill at the same time!

colorful socks neatly folded in drawer.

Why and How to File Fold – Everything you want to know about the file folding technique, including how to file fold 16 different items.

overhead view of pile of colorful unfolded clothes next to neatly folded clothes in drawer.

Products to Organize Socks

When it comes to choosing sock organizing products, it’s important to consider your personal preferences.

Would you prefer for an organizer that offer a variety of compartments or sections to easily separate different types of socks?

Or would you rather have larger sections to store your socks?

Consider the size and storage capacity of the organizer to ensure it can accommodate your sock collection while also fitting in your drawer or closet.

Sock Laundry Helper - SOCKS HAVE MET THEIR MATCH! - SockDock

A simple and easy-to-use sock laundry helper designed to keep socks in pairs while washing, drying and storing, so you never have to sort, match or search for socks EVER again.

Honeycomb Separator Adjustable Drawer Organizer

Divider for Socks, Underwear, Belts, Scarves and More

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Sock Drawer Organizer

Oxford Cloth, Fabric Sock Organizers for Drawer

20 Cells in Each Container

for Socks, Tights, Underwear, Scarves and More

3 Pack Sock Organizer

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8 Pack Drawer Organizers
$15.99 ($2.00 / Count)

Dresser Drawer Organizer

Fabric Foldable Dividers

for Socks, Clothing, Baby Clothes, Underwear, Bras, and More

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Adjustable Spring Loaded Drawer Dividers
$28.99 ($7.25 / Count)

Create compartments in your dresser drawers that can be adjusted and changed as your needs change

Set of 4

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Whew. Another day of purging down. Tomorrow when you open your sock drawer to get ready for the day, take a moment to admire your hard work. Be sure to join me tomorrow for Day Ten in the 31 Days of 10-Minute Purging Tips challenge. Let’s purge and organize with the focus of simplifying life so you can enjoy it more. 

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  1. Most people need to purge socks now and then. Every winter I realize that lots of my socks have toes in the holes. Then I have the argument with myself about darning socks vs. recycling the fabric… and that often leads to me doing neither and wearing the socks with holes:)

  2. I didn’t know there were so many different ways to fold socks! I like that you can do this one while watching tv. Sometimes we keep our socks with holes in them, but that’s only until we buy replacement ones at the store.

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