Of all the things that can slow you down in the morning (choosing the perfect outfit or having a bad hair day) searching for matching socks ranks high on the list. Unless you’ve taken steps to neatly organize socks in your drawer, finding a matching pair can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Combined with the fact that a solo sock always seems to magically disappear every time you empty the dryer, the search for a pair means at least another 10 minutes will be added to your routine before you can head out the door.
Thankfully, sock holders can fix all that. These typically come in the form of plastic clips or “locks,” which look like small, round plastic gadgets with an opening in the middle through which you can feed a pair of socks. These styles are often safe to put in the washer and dryer, so pairs can make it from a cycle to your drawer as a set. They also typically come as a pack with various colored options, so you can color code socks for each member of the family.
Ahead, we rounded up a handful of sock organizers to make your life easier.
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All the styles on our list come in various hues for color-coding and can be thrown in the washing machine (if not the dryer, too). We included both clips and locks, as well as a multipurpose hanger that can use just about anywhere in your home. Many also come in bulk packs, so you should have enough to organize your entire collection.
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1. Richco Original Sock Clip Holders
These plastic clips are safe to put in the washer and dryer and feature top hooks, allowing them to be placed on a hanger or clothes rack afterward.
Pros: Come in a pack of 32 clips with four different colored styles.
Cons: You may need to buy multiple packs for a large sock collection.
2. Loc a Sok Locks 40-Pack
Each of these locks comes attached to another, so you can easily organize your socks in pairs without worrying about losing them. They’re offered in packs of 40.
Pros: Come in four colors: green, blue, red and yellow.
3. Cooplay Sock Holders
While similar in design to the second style on our list, this one features an adjustable flower-shaped hole to fit most types of socks — whether thick or thin.
Pros: Come in a pack of 30 brightly-colored and white styles.
Cons: Can only be used in the washing machine.
4. SockDock Sock Laundry Tool
Able to hold nine pairs of socks, this foot-shaped hanger can hold dirty socks near your laundry hamper, be placed in the washer or dryer to keep pairs together or on a doorknob to organize clean pairs.
Pros: Offered in a pack of two. Can also store masks, scarves, gloves and more.
Cons: Socks may come out of the unit crinkled.