I've got a basket of single socks. Single, unmatched, lost mate, socks. I go through it periodically, usually after a day of loads of laundry, and match up ones that got separated in the wash, but I still have a very full basket. I've got socks in there that I have not seen in a pair in years.
My husband recently went through it and ruthlessly culled any the kids said were lost causes, never to be seen again socks. I couldn't bear to look.
I'm not sure why, but it seems so wasteful to get rid of the one sock. Who needs one? It's not going to be used. At least in my basket, it's having a nice cozy end of it's life.
But word must have gotten out that our house is lonely single sock heaven, because when I did laundry yesterday I pulled out three unmatched socks that Do Not Belong To Us. Add those three to the one hanging on the chair and the other 4 in my basket, I have eight socks that do not actually have a foot here that belongs to them.
I don't understand how kids who sleep over without a pillow or a change of clothes, can go home with only one sock......
I will do what I did with the other socks. I will ask every person who comes into this house if they are missing a sock, and when the answer is the inevitable "no," I will add these lonely socks to my basket. Who knows, one day I might have a brilliant idea of how to use all these single socks and then it will party time for the socks that thought their usefulness was at an end.