Sounds strange right? Three pairs of socks for one person?
Maybe, maybe not – if you know me. If you’ve just stumbled across this because a friend has liked it, or shared it, then you’re probably thinking “Who is this filthy woman with only three pairs of socks?!” and “Her feet probably stink”.
I am lucky enough to be able to afford socks. I can go out and buy them, order them online, have them shipped to me. There are many that aren’t that lucky. But for me it’s not just the socks. It’s the lesson behind them.
Let me elaborate.
I never wore matching socks. Ever. Except the first day I bought them and tore them apart- the little plastic tie breaking- that was the only time I put on matching socks.
The rest of the time it was like there was a sock sized hole in my washing machine. They literally went walkabouts. Never to be found again. Interstate moves, rearranging furniture, hapless cleaning done right before a visitor shows up- still no sign of the missing socks.
So for years I just wore mismatched socks.
Now- I don’t always wear socks. On the Sunny Coast it was too hot. I wear Vibrams (barefoot runners) that don’t require socks. I wear dresses and stockings. So they aren’t an essential in my wardrobe.
But we all need a few pairs of socks.
With all of my minimising and downsizing efforts (which you can read more about here and about my grand plans here) I was over it. Over the mismatching. Over the scramble to find them every time I wanted them (yes Mum, I was packing away my washing!) and definitely over the guilt of losing another sock!
So I decided to start over. With three pairs of socks.
Those three pairs:
One long pair, that are super cute and can be used over stockings or with a pair of shorts.
A big fluffy warm pair, that I can wear around the house with my pj’s.
And a short pair of ankle socks, that I can wear with boots or shoes.
They do the job!
And in three months, I’ve not lost a sock.
Which begs the question “Do we take better care of things if we don’t have an excess?”
I vote yes.
I also vote:
That by having less means less to find (and lose).
That by having less you have more of an idea where things are.
That by having less you buy better quality, sustainable and eco friendly items.
So while it’s a seemingly simple thing- downsizing my sock drawer has had a considerable impact.
And it feels good!
Minimising is the new black!
P.S Want to follow along on my minimising and downsizing journey? Join me in the VIP Club House- it’s a private members area, where I’ve got a whole series dedicated to this topic, including how I started, downsizing my wardrobe, and The Red Dot Trick that changed my life!