My project was fun and pretty fast, unless you count the hours it took me to sort through socks so I could implement my new sock mating system.
Matching socks was easy when I knew every little pink sock belonged to one of my daughters, or when each of my sons wore different sizes.
That's not the case any more. The 6 male feet seem to be the same size and wear similar, but not identical, socks.
And then there is the issue of washing and drying a pair of socks, but only one makes it out alive.
This white lidded metal bin was only a buck. In it's previous life it was a dog food container of some kind, according to the label on the side.
I grabbed my Antiques stencil from the Old Sign Stencil line by Donna from Funky Junk Interiors.
But for this project I didn't want the "s" in antiques, or the "s" in collectibles, so I just left those off and the words on the tin now read antique and collectible.
Stenciling is a fast, easy way to get a unique look on something without spending all day working on it.
Black paint, the stencil, a small brush, let it dry, and then seal with a clear spray. It actually took me longer to decide what lettering I wanted on the bin than it did to do it.
I used individual letters for the word socks, because Donna's stencil was for Antiques and Collectibles, not Antique and Collectible Socks.
Based on how long some of our socks had been in the old sock baskets, they could be antique or maybe they have become collectible?
After I purged and mated two baskets worth of socks, I also implemented a new sock sorting system.
Mate-less socks now go in the bin loose, then when the other one finally makes it out of the dryer I don't have to dig through baskets to find the mate.
If the sock mate is not among the loose socks in the bin I check the ones in rubber bands.
At the end of the year any socks remaining in the rubber bands have not had a mate in at least a year and it is probably not ever coming out of the dryer, so they will be sent to the rag bin in the garage.
Because what happens in the garage, stays in the garage.
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