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:


  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


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


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

Published by Karen Furman

Hi. I’m Karen Furman, a home organizer and decluttering professional. Organizing is something I’ve been doing since 1st grade when used to straighten everyone’s desks. Fast forward a few decades later, I turned my passion for organizing into a business. Philosophy = Your home should be organized so you know where things are, to the degree that you feel relaxed and not stressed in your space. Method = A combination of Marie Kondo + FlyLady + my own style. YOU make the decisions. YOU decide what to keep and not to keep. I help provide clarity. Attitude = Positive, enthusiastic, non-judgmental

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