I know where the socks go!

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Bots, it’s a common complaint: humans insist that

  • we put socks into a load of laundry,
  • wash and dry that load…
  • socks have gone missing!

What comes out of the dryer is not 3 pairs of socks in 3 different patterns, but 3 individual socks in those 3 distinct patterns. The other 3 mates are gone! If I’d like my socks to match, I can’t even wear any of the remaining socks.

How can this be? Where have they gone?

This hasn’t been much of a problem for me in recent years. It’s just me and my husband (just us for humans, there are four fur babies). I generally put both socks in the hamper at the same. And I do all of my own laundry. Six socks go in and six socks come out. Until the other day.

I’ve been trying to form better habits to perform a task completely so as not to leave half-done chores to accumulate and become bigger and more onerous. Also trying to complete chores quickly so that I have more time for other things.

One such task was the laundry. My habit has been to prep my clothes to be put away by sorting them out when I take them out of the dryer and put them in the laundry basket. I fold the jeans, roll together the pairs of socks, and drape all the shirts together on top of the other clothes and off the side of the basket so they won’t get wrinkled. I do this because they’ll be sitting in that basket for a few days until I put them away.

Instead, I just shoved everything from the dryer to the basket and immediately brought it upstairs and put it away in my closet. When I got to the bottom of the basket, missing socks!

So where’d they go?

Static cling!

It’s been a week, and so far I’ve found one attached to my bathrobe and another fell off a shirt when I took it out of the closet. I still have one missing.

Where missing socks go:

  1. Somewhere random in the house if you took them off there and didn’t put both in the laundry at the same time (e.g., look under the couch).
  2. Somewhere random in the world if you took them off there or they fell out of a bag (e.g., a friend’s house, the gym).
  3. Attached to other clothes they were with in the dryer.

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