Working Moms and Socks

I remember growing up and digging into a laundry basket of unmatched socks.  We were a big family, and I guess my Mom used to leave that as the last item on her to do list.  I don’t blame her. I was convinced I would never have a laundry basket full of unmatched socks when I had a family.

And then it happened.  I had children.  And recently I found myself staring at a pile of unmatched socks.  I was taking my time trying to find the pairs.  After several long minutes (which felt more like hours) of trying to match them and wondering where the matching socks were, I gave up.  It was my day off.  The last thing this working mom wanted to do on her day off was match socks. Guess what I did.  I grabbed a plastic shopping bag and filled it up with all the single socks.  And then I tied a knot, and threw them out.

I can’t describe how liberating that felt.  Some of you might be thinking, “Come on, a bag of socks?”  Yes, a bag of socks.

I’m sure there are plenty of crafty moms who might read this and wonder why I didn’t save them for sock puppet projects on a winter day.  Believe me.  I thought of it.  And there are others who are probably thinking that no one really wears matching socks anymore.  I thought of that, too.  But they had to go.

I realized something that day.  I realized that no one was going to cry over missing socks. I realized that there was no “mom guilt” attached to throwing out socks.  And there are plenty of more socks out there.

But the best lesson learned that day was about letting go.  Letting go of a pile of unmatched socks is just as important as letting go of the silly things that sometimes weigh us down.  Worrying isn’t going to solve anything.  But thinking outside the box sometimes will.  And in this case, thinking outside the box meant throwing out a pile of socks.

Moms, here’s a sock tip.  If you have more than one child, try buying different designs for each child.  Somehow, it makes laundry moments less stressful.