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The woman in the soft play centre wearing odd socks

The woman in the soft play centre wearing odd socks

It’s with a heavy heart that I’m sharing a very honest and personal problem that’s just becoming too big to hide. I’ve toyed whether to share my problem, mulling it over and over, how I’ll find the right words and the right time, but there’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just jump straight out with it in the hope you’ll understand.

I’m an irresponsible sock owner.

There, I said it.

My reason for sharing is with the hope that other sock neglectors are out there may be able to offer advice or support, in what is now out of control and beyond any self-help therapy I’ve attempted.

I’m completely dumfounded as to how I ended up like this. At first it was just the odd one disappearing, here and there but now it seems I’m on a free wheel cycle to single sockdom without a brake in sight. I’m up an odd sock bound lake without a paddle and I’ve past the point of no return.

I can assure you that 97% of the time a matching pair go in the washing machine (the other 3% are ones I’ve tried to match through brand or pattern.)  but something strange and unfathomable occurs in the machine that we’ve dubbed the sock muncher. There’s a secret cycle which magically changes the style colour and shape of every sock, toying with me, the chief laundry person and sock sufferer, while I try to pair up the family stash.


I’m desperate here, I tell you desperate. I’m a simple person (not that kind of simple) with simple needs and a desire for a matching pair of socks. It’s not too much ask for yet I seem to be lacking in basic sock maintenance.

If anyone can shed some light as to what happens between the socks going in the washing machine and those coming out I’ll be eternally grateful.

Until that time, I’ll just have to accept that this is what life is like, forever to be that woman in the soft play centre, wearing odd socks.

Odd socks, my dilemma by Mum in a nutshell



  1. 27th April 2015 / 7:12 am

    This made me chuckle, I’m an irresponsible sock owner too and I seem to be passing it onto my children! Life’s too short for matching pairs is a common motto in our house x

  2. 27th April 2015 / 11:17 am

    hahaha! I always wear odd socks…..They have to be the same length and thickness but as long as they are the colour doesn’t matter to me….lol

    • 27th April 2015 / 2:01 pm

      That’s my strategy, then I hope people will just think be bought a quirky odd pair.

  3. 27th April 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I have to admit to buying new socks on the way to soft play before. 😀

  4. 27th April 2015 / 12:26 pm

    This is a problem in my house I have a basket I put odd socks in in the hope they will be reunited with there partner. I don’t mind wearing odd socks but I won’t put the kids in odd sock weird aye! Someone is stealing the socks somewhere I swear

    • 27th April 2015 / 1:59 pm

      It’s just so bloomin odd & annoying it’s got to the point I’ve got more single odd ones than matching pairs.

  5. 27th April 2015 / 12:57 pm

    That is exactly what happens here. Where do they go? If I took my washing machine apart would I find 330 odd socks? We have taken the attitude that unmatching is cooler. Although for school we have bought multiple packs of the same style so no matching necessary. Funny post, made me laugh. #mummymonday

    • 27th April 2015 / 1:54 pm

      I’ve gone the same with school socks but my washing machine is making me paranoid. I wonder if there’s a sock drawer?

  6. 27th April 2015 / 1:13 pm

    At least they look like they’re from the same set! When I used to take my boys to any baby/kid class or soft play I rummaged around until I could find matching ones as I was terrified of being the one with odd socks. But lets face it, most of us have been there! I now teach baby music classes and find it funny when mums come in and make excuses for them or they’re kids having odd socks. #sharethejoy

    • 27th April 2015 / 1:52 pm

      I do try & match them up by set. Even my baby has odd socks more often than not these days!

  7. 27th April 2015 / 2:02 pm

    Sounds like I’m in good company. Just wondering now if there’s anything I can make with the ones I can size or shade match?

  8. Ceri
    27th April 2015 / 4:13 pm

    Yup, we’re an odd sock household too.

    My teenage daughter has Asperger’s Syndrome and pretty much refuses to wear matching socks – unless they’re fancy, over-the-knee type ones. I don’t get why, I just accept it.

    I must say, though, that I do covet the red sock with the Welsh flag. Where on Earth did you get them?

    • 27th April 2015 / 4:21 pm

      Great to know there’s other odd sock households out there. The docks were a gift from my mum who went on holiday there last month. Both my parents are Welsh so I wear then with pride. I think they came from a tacky gift shop (knowing my mum!)

  9. 27th April 2015 / 4:56 pm

    I am loving the odd sock choice in the main picture. No need for any more choice than that! If you find the matching set then I can find a good home for them here (size 5). LOL

  10. 27th April 2015 / 7:54 pm

    I’m here to support you through this sock crisis, unfortunately I may not be much help as at least 3 out of the 4 of us in the household will be wearing odd socks each day! I’ve no idea how this has happened either, I even bought us all new socks recently, but they no longer match either…

    • 27th April 2015 / 9:18 pm

      That’s what got me so frustrated, I seem to be forever buying socks. At least we’re all in this together.

  11. 27th April 2015 / 10:44 pm

    It is a universal mystery, which no-one can explain and I have a pile of odds sitting on top of my tumble dryer always! Mich x

  12. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    28th April 2015 / 7:11 am

    Haha! Ever since I was a teenager I have embraced wearing odd socks and make it part of my fashion statement. Life it too short to be searching for matching socks. Course, now it’s less of a problem. I haven’t worn socks or closed shoes in 4 years- thanks, Thailand!


    • 1st May 2015 / 3:44 pm

      I don’t think my little toes would take a British winter in flip flops unfortunately, other wise I’d go without socks to save the stress.

  13. 28th April 2015 / 8:41 am

    Haha, this is so me. I just put them in the drawer and hope that one day the other one turns up. I usually end up wearing odd socks anyway though. Who has time to pair up socks? I think they say YOLO? #twinklytuesday x

    • 1st May 2015 / 3:42 pm

      pairing up odd ones is definitely something I don’t have time for!

  14. 28th April 2015 / 9:19 am

    You are me! Odd socks must be worn with pride – we could start a revolution! No more worrying about matching pairs ever again 🙂

    • 28th April 2015 / 9:23 am

      That would make life so much easier. Think of all the reduced laundry time!

  15. 28th April 2015 / 10:25 am

    I wish I knew my lovely. I couldn’t take it any more and bought my husband all grey socks recently. They always match, but it’s tres dull! I don’t have a problem with mismatched socks to be honest. And I love your Welsh dragons! #ShareTheJoy

    • 28th April 2015 / 1:23 pm

      I think I should change my outlook on odd socks & stop fretting really

  16. 28th April 2015 / 11:10 am

    How on earth can matching pairs go in but only one sock come out? Really is one of life’s unfathomable mysteries isn’t it! Great post hon x #thetruthabout

    • 28th April 2015 / 1:21 pm

      Thank you. I really should focus my thoughts on other things than socks but hey ho. Simple me!

  17. 28th April 2015 / 1:10 pm

    Haha Love this! The sock thief also works his/her evil hi jinx in my house, but mostly with the children’s socks, which is very very annoying! I spend more time than I’d like hunting for ‘other’ socks! x

    • 28th April 2015 / 1:20 pm

      It’s not like us parents have enough to do without having to hunt for odd socks is it!

  18. 28th April 2015 / 6:26 pm

    When I look at your picture, I don’t see odd socks….I see a match!! Ok they are different colours but the pattern matches! We have a sock problem too, I just don’t know what happens to them after they go in the washing machine. I feel like I’m constantly buying new socks for my son!

    • 1st May 2015 / 3:41 pm

      I’m on phase 2 now where we match by pattern. It feels like the jackpot when i find a pair.

  19. 28th April 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Ha ha! I used to be really obsessed with matching socks but nowadays I’m just lucky if I find two socks which belong to me never mind if they are a pair! Thanks for linking up to #thetruthabout X

    • 28th April 2015 / 10:48 pm

      That makes me feel better. At least I have a few odd ones I can call mine.

  20. 29th April 2015 / 8:21 am

    It’s just one of life’s mysteries, but you are not alone! I too have a sock muncher in my machine. I’ve now resigned myself to buying very dull socks, black mainly, so that they will always match 🙂 #WickedWednesdays

    • 29th April 2015 / 8:27 am

      I’m noticing a current theme here with buying the same colour socks. Think I may have missed a trick’

  21. 29th April 2015 / 9:40 am

    Do you know? I just read an amazing life hack about socks! Pop a pillow case in your laundry basket and put all the dirty socks in it. When it’s full, tie a knot in the top and pop it in the washing machine!! All the socks get washed and you don’t lose any!! It was meant for baby socks but I guess there’s nothing to stop you putting all the adult socks in it too 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to #TwinklyTuesday

    Caro |

  22. 29th April 2015 / 9:46 am

    Oh this made me laugh!! I to am an irresponsible sock owner, perhaps there are meetings we can go to, that will help with our problem. Your not alone I think it’s actually a very common issue, stay strong there is help out there for us #WickedWednesday

    • 1st May 2015 / 3:36 pm

      Oooo I need a odd sock meet up, maybe we could organise a sock swap in the hope of making some pairs?

  23. Beth Twinderelmo
    29th April 2015 / 10:17 am

    Haha I do that a lot too!!! #wickedwednesdays

  24. 29th April 2015 / 10:37 am

    Me too. And I’ve already passed the problem on to my kid. Maybe we should start a club. 🙂

  25. 29th April 2015 / 12:33 pm

    In the US a few years ago that was a cool trend for kids, wearing two different socks. I’m waiting for it to trickle upward to the adults.

    • 1st May 2015 / 3:33 pm

      I really hope that comes our way soon, or maybe I could just start it. I have a lot of US family so can blame them.

  26. 29th April 2015 / 1:08 pm

    haha I feel you’re pain and I too am a sock neglector. matching socks is one of the banes of my life, especially with the socks of the little people, more of them seem to vanish than of the adult variety. I am guilty of more neglect too, as our socks go in the tumble dryer which means that they are quite frequently holey, as well as mismatched lol! xx

    • 1st May 2015 / 3:31 pm

      Oh don’t even get me started on my baby’s socks. Even he’s in odd socks these days.

  27. 29th April 2015 / 10:21 pm

    Heehee, this did make me giggle because I am also a sock-loser. I have no idea where they go, my mother in law always buys me packs of socks because she knows I lose them. One day I will find a mountain of odd socks hidden away in the back of cupboard! xx

    • 1st May 2015 / 3:30 pm

      I constantly wondering if they’ll all turn up one day, like a prodigal son!

  28. 1st May 2015 / 10:12 am

    This post made me laugh-out-loud. Your poor neglected socks. Destined to go into the sock muncher and never return. It is one of the most tragic things I have ever heard. Hugs Mrs H xxxx #TwinklyTuesday

    • 1st May 2015 / 3:00 pm

      I’m so glad I shared this post, it seems I’m in good company.

  29. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)
    2nd May 2015 / 7:02 am

    I know it’s the control-freak in me but I’m OCD about socks! If I can’t find the matching one I’m like a woman possessed. Clearly I need to get out more though. Thanks for linking this up at #sharethejoy x

    • 2nd May 2015 / 8:32 am

      I used to try and make sure I always had a matching pair but these days it’s confined to days when I think i might need to take my socks off!

  30. 2nd May 2015 / 11:09 pm

    But WHERE do they go?! I wish I knew the answer, I’m forever buying my boys new socks that disappear and I’m another odd sock wearer!
    Stevie x

  31. 4th May 2015 / 6:11 pm

    Oh there’s nowt wrong with an odd sock bab! I have them all the time! Thanks so much for linking up to #wickedwednesdays. I hope you had a fab bank holiday and I hope to see you again this week! x

  32. Gillian Turner
    10th February 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Embrace the chaos!! I never wear matching socks, today for example today I am wearing a gingerbread Christmas sock on the left and an Easter chick sock on the right. That’s right I’m wearing Christmas socks still haha!

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