Tuesday Tips and Tricks #3 Sock Duty

I have a two and half year old little boy. He loves to be into anything I am doing. I mean anything. If I am in the kitchen cooking dinner, he wants to be in there with me tinkering with something in the kitchen. If I’m in the bathroom, he’s sitting on my stool digging through the drawers of my vanity.

He has a really fun play room filled with toys and yet he’d rather be with me wherever I’m at. Look at this thing! Wouldn’t you rather be playing in here than cleaning house? He just doesn’t know what he’s missing out on.


Don’t get me wrong. I’m feeling the love, but sometimes I need to get things done that won’t turn around and get destroyed a minute later by my adventurous toddler.

{Cue the laundry pile I’m working on folding}

mountain of laundry

I know you’ve all been there. As quickly as you’re getting the clothes folded, your toddler is unfolding them just as fast. It can get pretty challenging to get a load of clothes knocked out. Like. Ever.

Last time I did a load, my son was wanting to help. So I put him on sock duty.

Sock duty?” you say. “What exactly is sock duty?”

I am so glad you asked. This is what I do. I match a pair of socks in the living room and I send my son off to put them away.  He runs off to his appointed task and I have about 1 minute 42 seconds before he returns shouting, “I did it mommy! I put the socks away!”

I congratulate him and send him off with another pair. “Put these in mommy’s drawer,” I will say. And again, he bounds off with socks in hand to accomplish his task.

At this rate I am able to accomplish my folding a little faster than with my toddler underfoot.  And! None of the clothes were dismantled in the process!

Now. I know what your thinking. My child doesn’t know where my socks go. My child wouldn’t put them in the right drawer. Neither does my little boy most of the time. But from where I’m standing, I would rather reorganize the socks than re-fold the same load of laundry 10.2 billion times {slightly exaggerated}.

putting socks away

Give it a try and let me know how it works out for you. I’d love to hear how you get things done with little ones underfoot.

Life is Beautiful!


Patty Parker

My name is Patty Parker. I write about finding beauty in the every day.

4 thoughts on “Tuesday Tips and Tricks #3 Sock Duty

  1. Haha I love Sock Duty! In my house its napkin duty but the exact same principle.I work from home so there is also a lot of sort these papers for Mommy (total useless task but it keeps him busy!) Thanks for the great idea!

  2. I send my 2 1/2 year old girl on laundry putting away missions too. 🙂 One time she pretended she was a dog and wanted to carry the clothes piece by piece in her mouth to put them away. But I agree, it’s much better that turning already folded laundry into a jumping pile.

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