Today, I’d like to discuss the always controversial, always important topic of socks.
Not only that, I’d like to discuss one of the few instances where I opt for the choice that costs more to gain a bit of convenience.
Like many of you, I do my laundry frequently. Yet despite all this practice, I still managed to lose one in a pair of socks among the washing, drying, and folding processes every single time.
And then what?
There are few things sadder than a sock without a partner.
Some years back, having gotten sick of this cycle, I decided to declare sock bankruptcy.
Many of my socks were worn or tattered anyway and so many were partnerless, that it almost felt like there was no point in keeping those lone socks in the hopes that I’d eventually find their mates.
So what is sock bankruptcy in practical terms?
Here’s how it works:
- Throw out all of your socks
- Go to Costco or a similar store and buy a bunch of socks that are all the same color and style
- Just toss them in your sock drawer
The end result is that while there’s a significant upfront monetary cost, you never have to spend time to match socks again. Wash and dry all of your socks together and then you can just toss them all in your drawer again — just like the very first day.
Rather than waste your laundry day playing matchmaker, your sock drawer becomes more like a 1960s free love commune where every morning, you just reach your hand into there, pull out two, and say, “Looks like you two are getting together today!”
But take care to not let things get out of hand. The other day I just put three socks on the left foot and told them, “Things are about to get weird, y’all!”
Welcome to the new America, I guess.