In Harry Potter a missing sock was a sign that another house elf had been freed. For the rest of us, a single sock is usually a source of frustration. There were two the last time you wore them, but when you go to fold the clothes suddenly you have some socks without mates. This is one of the great laundry mysteries and theories abound as to how and why it happens. Some people believe that only one sock actually made it into the laundry basket, others think the washer or the dryer ate the mate. Dog owners know that on occasion Fido is the guilty party. Whatever the cause the end result is that you have some single socks that you need to hold on to until you are sure that the mate is completely lost. That's when using Stockpile home inventory solution can help.
When you find a single sock in your clean laundry now is the time to create a Stockpile record. Chances are the mate to your single sock isn't already in the drawer with your other clean clothes so it makes no sense to put the one you have now in there. You'll want to find a place to keep the single socks so that when you find other single socks you can easily match them up. If you have a large laundry room you may be able to designate a spot in there. If you have a small laundry room, or use a communal laundry, you'll want to store the singles somewhere else. Regardless of where you store the partnerless socks you'll be able to find them easily if you have records in Stockpile. Thanks to areas and locations you can be very specific about where items are stored. This means that even if your socks are tucked away in a basket or a drawer they will be easy to locate when the match turns up.
That's a Match
How will you know that you've found a match without pulling out all the single socks? It's easy if you have detailed Stockpile records. Stockpile is fully customizable so you can track all the details that are important to you. You can include information such as brand, size, color, style and more. You can even include a photo in the item record. This makes it easy to confirm that you have found the missing mate without digging through all the single socks you've accumulated.
Gone, Gone, Gone
Sometimes the reason you have a single sock is no mystery at all. Maybe one sock developed a hole, you may have seen your dog eat one, or you may know that you somehow came home from vacation, the gym, etc with only one sock. Any of these scenarios guaranteed that the match isn't going to magically reappear one day. It can still be worth holding on to the single though. Often socks come in multi-packs so while one pair out of the six may now be without a mate that extra sock could come in handy if misfortune befalls another pair from the set. You could also decide to mismatch your socks for fashion at some point and then the single could also be used. Whatever your future plans are, it can be good to have a record of what single socks you have on hand.
Single socks can be good for other things as well. Socks make good packing material, especially if you want to provide extra protection for electronics. There are a number of crafts that you can make using socks. From puppets to snowmen to doll hats, there are so many creative ways to use socks.
Want to learn more about how Stockpile can help you get the most out of the things you own? Check back with our blog again soon. We'll have more tips to help you save time and money by using Stockpile to track your stuff. Ready to get started? Try Stockpile today!