Avoid Clothing Mix-ups by Labeling

The frustrated shout of “Maaa!! These aren’t my socks! They’re _’s  (fill in name of family member). Sound familiar? When different sizes are difficult to tell apart there is often some mix-ups. Right? It makes sorting laundry a nightmare. This morning my daughter alerted me her tights were missing.  They were in my drawer which I would have discovered eventually. The color and length are the same, the width well, that’s another story…

How can we avoid this scenario? LABELING.  I used to do it all the time but I got busy and…you know how that goes.  I’m going to do some labeling after I finish finish this blog post. IT’S SO SIMPLE.  Here’s what you need:

Materials

  1. nail polish

Yep.  A list with one item.  Just nail polish.

There are a few different options. You can

  • color code every family member using a different color
  • use a different letter or symbol
  • combination

Procedure

On a waistband, neckline, or other discreet area use the nail polish to indicate to whom the items belong.

Example:

I decided to use letter K for me, M for my daughter.  My other daughter S does her own laundry and so her things don’t get mixed up with ours. For my boys E, S, and M.

I have a boy with M and a girl with M but there is no doubt whose underwear has the baby sharks (do do do do) and which one has the black tights. My husband and oldest son are S and B so for them I use a DOT or a DASH.

A great time to do this labeling is immediately after you’ve finished a load of laundry before the folding and sorting process begins.

Happy labeling.  Happy sorting. Happy family.  They can “Maaa!” about something else. Thanks for reading.

Karen, T. K. K.

February 19, 2019

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