I don't know why it happens, but it seems like many times I do laundry I have socks leftover without a match. I am thankful to know that I am not the only one this happens to though. :)
Over the years, I have tried many different methods of getting these socks reunited with their mate. Some of these have included just sending them back to the drawer, making a pile of them in the closet, and throwing them back in the hamper to be washed again in hopes that they will reunite on their own.
None of these methods really had me sold on them. Recently, however, I have found something I think I will stick with. I now have a basket on top of my dryer. When I am done folding laundry, the mismatched socks get tossed into the basket. I will sporadically grab this basket when I am folding socks (every few weeks or whenever the basket is full) and start matching up the mismatches. Any left that don't have a match go back into the basket for the next round.
Do you have any laundry tips you would like to share?
(Check out these two posts from This Abode for more laundry discussion.)