Lost Socks Laundry Room Aid

12 Jan

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I’ve seen this idea a hundred times before but usually it involved a wood plank you hang on your laundry room wall. I simply, do not have a laundry room. More like a laundry closet. No, smaller than a closet. Laundry… pantry? You get my point. I decided to take the idea and adapt it to what would fit my current (student apartment) lifestyle.Lost Socks Laundry Room Aide

Let me start with the problem before we jump into the solution. Problem: Dryer eats your socks. No. Socks don’t even make it the dryer and are most likely under the bed or couch in the black hole you can’t reach. Maybe. Moving on….. You have a sock. Just one. It is quite possible the matching one just didn’t make it in that load, so you hang on to it. And your pile of solo sockies just seems to grow.

Solution: A place for your lost socks.

I started by preparing my scrapbook paper for the mod podging of the clothes pin (Clothes Pins Traditional Wood w/ Spring 50-Pack Wooden Clothespins). I’m sure there is a much simpler way of doing this, but this is MY blog so we’re doing this MY way :)I traced my clothes pin on the back side of the paper…. a couple times…. too many times. I figured I wanted to spell the words “Lost Socks” one letter for each pin, and one clothes pin for the middle as a spacer between words. That’s 10 clothes pins, 10 strips of paper needed.Lost Socks Laundry Room AideI made a last minute change. Instead of using Mod Podge, I opted to use Sargent Art Creative Craft Lamination Glue. Mainly because it was easier to grab in my bucket of craft supplies, but I really like the hardening effect it had on the paper. A glossy, hard finish. Proceed….
Lost Socks Laundry Room AideOnce I let them dry (about 15 minutes), I did a second coat.
While that was going on, I was also preparing my peg of wood to be used. We had Rust-Oleum Multi-Color Texture spray paint from a project 2 years ago and decided to use it. Mainly because it was easier/faster than sitting down and painting the piece. I could spray and walk away. My kind of deal.
Lost Socks Laundry Room Aide
Originally, the plan was to get fancy and pull out my vinyl to do the lettering. Um… I got lazy. The brown sharpie was closer. I’m very disappointed in myself. I shouldn’t give in to my laziness so easily. Vinyl would have looked much better. And I can still do vinyl, just…. when I’m not so lazy ;)
I lettered my clothes pins, and using Superbonder 9001 clear high strength adhesive, attached them to my peg of wood.Lost Socks Laundry Room Aide
That takes about 24 hours to dry, or at least to dry thoroughly. The next day, I grabbed a broken hanger (…okay, you caught me, I broke it on purpose for this project) and Superbonder 9001’nd the piece of wood to the hanger. I chose a hanger because of the shelving about our washer/dryer units. I knew a hanger would be easy to hang this project on. I was right. So right.

Lost Socks Laundry Room AideVoila! I’m happy with it. And isn’t that infant sock on the end so cute? Who knew a 7th month old could take after her father so much… losing socks and all….. ;)

36 Responses to “Lost Socks Laundry Room Aid”

  1. Stephanie January 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    VERY cute!!! I love cute crafty stuff like that!! My family’s lost socks just get thrown on top of my dresser! LOL!!

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  2. Shauna K January 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    saw this on All Things Inspired- this is a GREAT idea!!! I’m totally going to have to make one- so perfect! our “lost socks” usually end up just getting smooshed in a corner of a drawer never to find their mate- with this they at least stand a chance to finding their other half! thanks for the inspiration ;)

  3. CP January 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    too funny – I might need about 5 hangers though!
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  4. Robin January 12, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Cute!!! You could glue magnets on the back and put them on the fridge to hold all that sweet artwork the kids give us!
    Great idea and I can so relate to the socks!!!
    xo
    Robin

  5. Kylah Marro January 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Great idea! I would need about 25 of them :o)

  6. Simone January 13, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    I love it! Such a practical idea! My dryer is continually eating our socks. I would just love to know where they go…one of the great mysteries of life!

  7. Nikki January 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    What a great idea!! I need about a dozen of these!!! Thanks so much for linking this up to gettin’ crafty on hump day! :)

  8. More Than A Mom January 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Adorable idea. Thank you for sharing. P.S. Visiting from Fireflies & Jellybeans “Show Off Your Stuff” link party!

  9. Judy January 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I kind of like the sharpie look…it looks more rustic and charming :)

  10. craftedbymama January 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    great idea, unfortunately I have way to many socks without a mate:(

    amy

  11. Allison January 13, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    Very cute! Great idea adapting it to fit your needs! Thanks for linking up!

  12. Life with the Lebedas January 13, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Great idea!! Love this! I need one of these!
    Thanks for linking this up today! :D

    Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jennifer

  13. Naturally Me Creations January 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Interesting idea!
    Tnx for linking up to my party.

  14. Katie @ EyeSpyDIY January 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    That is a great idea! My leftover socks just end up sitting in the laundry basket forever because I never look back at it…this may help!

  15. Terry January 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    Cute but for all the socks we have would need to be HUGE! I just take all my socks and throw them into a plastic grocery bag and match up when the bag gets too full.

  16. ryann2 January 14, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    LOVE this idea! With 5 kiddos, this is totally going up in my laundry room ASAP! :)

  17. Jen January 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    I love this idea – except I would need like 10 hangers, my kids lose socks all the time! Thanks for this great idea!

    I would love to have you come and link up to Fantastic Friday at http://ironvioletdesigns.blogspot.com

    thanks!

  18. Rachel Murphy January 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Great idea! I just finally cleaned out all my lost socks so this is perfect time to make one so I am ready for that first lost sock!

  19. Donna's Daze January 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    So simple, yet so useful. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Vanessa@Southern In My Heart January 16, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    Cute idea! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

  21. Jennifer Juniper January 18, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    BRILLIANT!!! Those darn socks!

  22. Melissa January 18, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    I have seen this idea all over blogland! I love yours. Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

  23. Catherine January 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    LOVE this idea! Thanks!

  24. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma January 20, 2011 at 2:56 am #

    Great idea {but our lost socks are in the 100s…so I’d need MANY clothespins}

    Thanks for linking up last week &

    Hope to see you back this week at Creative Juice Thursday

    <3
    Nicolette

  25. Leanne January 20, 2011 at 5:56 am #

    It looks great. I love your version of the “lost socks” board. Thanks for linking to We’re Organized Wednesday.

  26. ms t January 20, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    i just wear mismatched socks all the time & never notice if any get lost — this way i don’t have to throw out a perfectly good sock when its mate gets a hole in it! my old hydro company even had a ‘lost socks’ webpage!!

  27. Cheryl January 20, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    Love It !

  28. Organize with Sandy January 20, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    What a cute idea! And it looks cute up there too.
    I’d love for you to share it with my readers on my Organizing Mission Monday link party.
    I am also seeing you have a link party on Fridays.. would love it if you could link it up on my daily list.. (link tab at top of my site).
    I’m giving you a link to my site since I’m not on blogger & it is hard to find me from this link
    http://www.organizewithsandy.com/blog
    Thanks!

  29. Jen January 21, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    Thanks for coming by and linking up to Fantastic Friday. I cannot wait to see what you will link up this week!

  30. Crystal January 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    great idea. its so cute and useful.

  31. Meg January 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm #

    I could definitely use this…except, I’d need about 5 more hangers! ;)

  32. April January 23, 2011 at 2:44 am #

    Great idea!

  33. AllieMakes! January 23, 2011 at 6:30 pm #

    Very cute! Way easier than safety pinning socks together before they go through the wash… Don’t ask…
    Thank you for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can’t wait to see what you are going to lnk up next week!
    Alliemakes.Blogspot.com

  34. Kassi @ Truly Lovely January 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    That is a great idea!!! And a nice space saver too!! Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays!! Can’t wait to see what you come up with this week!

  35. Steph @ somewhatsimple August 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    How did I miss this post? What a great take on this craft!

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