The Simple, Time-Saving Laundry Trick that Will Save Your Sanity

My maternity leave ends in exactly 3 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes, and 44 seconds. Not that I've been dreadfully counting down or anything. Anyways, I've spent the past week thinking about the things I could do to make life a lot easier as a soon-to-be working mom of two, which reminded me that I've been wanting to share this super simple but incredibly time-saving laundry trick I started last year, ya know, to lighten the load (see what I did there?)

When it comes to laundry, I know everyone has different opinions on which part of the task they dread the most. For me, it's putting the clothes away. I don't mind the separating and folding part....UNLESS....it's socks. Oh my gosh, socks are my nemesis. Who knew the smallest article of clothing we wear could be SOOOOOOO annoying. 

laundry trick to save time


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Let's start with the fact that I feel like my husband wears like ten pairs of socks a day. Between his work socks and athletic socks, it just accumulates so fast! I could easily drown in his pile of socks, there's just that many to wash. On top of that, some of my black work socks look very similar to his, so that always slowed me down when it came to pairing them up. In addition, my hubby and I share a large laundry basket and I can't tell you how many times the socks would get separated from their match and thrown in different loads from each other.


Then there's Little B's socks, this is where I start to go batty because there is NEVER a match. Well, there is, but one sock may be in the pirate treasure chest in the playroom or in my car cup holder. Your guess is good as mine. I was easily spending up to 20 minutes every load finding and separating everyone's socks and then pairing them together. That's 20 minutes I could have spent stalking someone on Instagram. And this is only for a family of 3, (this was pre- baby #2), I can only imagine how insane it must be for some of you who have more then 2 kids!

magnolia market decor

So enough about my family's dirty laundry (ba dum chh. I'll be here all night , folks) So what's this super fabulous, life-changing laundry trick you ask? Lingerie bags. Yep, these suckers have been a total game changer in the laundry room!

lingerie bags on Amazon


Imagine a world where your socks don't accidentally get divided among loads anymore, where you don't have to spend minute after minute separating your socks from your husband's, and a life free of the missing sock phenomenon. Imagine, gasp, that you actually pair up your family's socks in less than five minutes! Yep, that's what lingerie bags have done for me.


I found our bags while cruising the aisles of T.J. Maxx . It came in a set of 3 varied sizes. It's like the Three Little Bears...baby bear gets the little one, mama bear gets the medium sized bag, and papa bear gets the big one. You can also find a slew of lingerie bags on Amazon too. 

vintage laundry boards

Seriously, this has been one of the best decisions I've ever made for our family! Okay, so that's a bit dramatic but in all honesty I have a whole new outlook on my laundry life ever since I implemented this little strategy. I don't dread the chore as much as I use to. Sure, does the 4 year old still leave his socks in random places, yes, but there's been a major decrease in the number of  socks missing their partners. I even got my MIL putting her socks in bags now! 

If anyone else has some laundry tips they like to share, I'm all ears!


1 comment

Marci said...

Great idea Jennifer!!

I'd love to hear from you!

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