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Honoring All The Lost Socks On Lost Sock Memorial Day!

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It's Lost Sock Memorial Day! In the universe of crazy holidays and observances, this has to be one of the oddest ever!  Thank you, Linda Blumenthal for the reminder. For some reason this particular day has always "tickled me." And I don't even wear socks!  By the way, in case you didn't know, yesterday May 8th, was officially "no sock" day!


The idea behind Lost Sock Memorial Day is to honor all those unmatched socks in one's sock drawer, although I could find no information on who thought up this holiday. There are those who never throw out any unmatched socks hoping the matching one shows up one day. If you're one of those people why not use today to sort out all your socks and just throw out the ones that don't have a "sole mate."


"Sadly, my socks are like snowflakes. No two are alike."

-- Graham Parker


One of the great mysteries of the universe is where do those socks disappear? I'm not a big sock wearer but when I do, I always take two off as I have two feet and I don't ever wear just one sock. And yet, every so often I take washed/dried socks out of my dryer and one has gone missing. How does that happen?


Wondering how many socks get lost? According to a recent study about socks, the average person loses 1,264 socks in the wash in their lifetime. That works out to 16 pairs a year, or about $3,200 worth of socks by the time you die. In the US alone, some 5.2 billion socks are lost each year! Do the math and you find Americans are losing up to $10 billion in socks every year.


"Happiness is finding that lost sock."

-- Anonymous


For those of you out there who regularly lose socks, I've dug up some great information on how to organize your socks.  From Martha Stewart (who else, after all?) here's a video on organizing your sock drawer.



And did you hear? You can even send a greeting card for Lost Sock Day!  If you know someone who regularly loses socks, why not send them a card today?



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 Nina Hollander, RE/MAX Broker, Realtor




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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Realty ONE Group Advocates 484-237-2055 - Downingtown, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

I am cracking up, yes, I have lost socks, I have two different puma socks I wear together, one black one grey, no one ever notices. I do not know where they go, inside sweaters, or sheets, or they just disappear.

May 09, 2024 08:42 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 hi Nick... they disappear here in my house, as well. They go from my husband's feet to the hamper to the washer to the dryer. And yet, every so often a sock or two go missing never to be seen again.

May 09, 2024 08:47 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nina I am one of those people "who never throw out any unmatched socks hoping the matching on shows up one day."  For some uncontrollable STRANGE reason, I can't seem to part with them ...... LOL

May 09, 2024 09:20 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

George Souto hi George... I also keep the single sock since I buy my husband daily socks in bulk. That way if another is lost or has a hole, I can match them up.

May 09, 2024 01:35 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Nina- I wish you could see how hard I'm laughing!!! I just finished folding laundry and ended up with a missing sock for Larry and for me. As they say..."they'll turn up in the wash."

May 09, 2024 10:03 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kathy Streib hi Kathy... really bizarre how you take off two socks, put them in the hamper, then into the washer and dryer and at the end of it all, a sock goes missing!

May 09, 2024 01:36 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Nina, for adding smiles to our faces with this post. I recently found a long lost sock within a folded t-shirt.

May 09, 2024 10:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Roy Kelley hi Roy... I've yet to ever find a missing sock folded inside a t-shirt or anything else. And I don't wash them with towels or sheets, so I know they are not in there either!

May 09, 2024 01:37 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Nina, I definitely wear socks in the winter, and on cold days in the spring/fall.   But, cannot remember losing any.  I saw this on FB, and tickled me too.

May 09, 2024 11:27 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Joan Cox hi Joan... I virtually never wear socks unless they are fluffy ones in the house in the winter. I've worn out some socks, but never lost one of mine. Chris' socks... a whole other matter!

May 09, 2024 01:38 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Nina, while I do prefer to refer to those mismatched socks as 'Boot Socks'.  No one knows the difference until I forget and take my boots off at a showing.  lol

May 09, 2024 02:26 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho too funny, Mark. But you've made a great point that the unmatched socks don't need to go to waste. You just need to live where boots are worn frequently. 

May 09, 2024 02:40 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Not only didn't I know there was a honoring-lost-sock day but I am amazed at all the information you found on the whole sock issue. I have lost some in my day, and I really don't know where they go!

May 09, 2024 06:28 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Kat Palmiotti good morning, Kat... amazing, isn't it, what people "study" and how you can find all kinds of information on the web?

May 10, 2024 05:21 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I believe I saw a shorter version of this on your Instagram Account:)) loved it then and love it now:)))Endre

May 09, 2024 09:54 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Endre Barath, Jr. yes, you did, Endre... and maybe you also saw it on my Facebook page.

May 10, 2024 05:22 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I was not aware that this was actually a thing, but I have certainly contributed some lost socks to the universe, haha.

May 10, 2024 05:24 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Brian England good morning, Brian... this seems to be a day just about everyone can celebrate! :)

May 10, 2024 05:25 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Nina, Ha Ha Ha, those quotes say it all...Ah, the eternal mystery of lost socks! 

May 10, 2024 06:25 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 hi Sheila... really! Who'd have thought there are quotes for lost socks! :) Happy Mother's Day.

May 10, 2024 06:57 AM
Abby Stiller
SW Florida (239) 284-8637

This just happened to me yesterday when I did my laundry Nina Hollander, Broker I lost a sock and one of my favorite for exercise..cheezeeee I got so upset! I couldn't find it! But I know Im not alone on this ha!

May 10, 2024 04:36 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Abby Stiller good morning, Abby... it's just so frustrating because it's not like those sock travel miles from the feet to the washer.

May 11, 2024 04:42 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander, Broker - what a great post! Lost socks have always been a mystery and often drove me nuts! Occasionally I find the lost sock attached to a towel or something else. 

I'm impressed with all the knowledge I just learned today thanks to you!

May 12, 2024 06:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thanks, Patricia. Amazing, isn't it, what a little research on a topic will yield?

May 12, 2024 06:40 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Good Morning, Nina Hollander, Broker I just stopped by to wish you a Very Happy Mother's Day!

May 12, 2024 06:36 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Jerry Newman thank you so much, Jerry. And Happy Mother's Day to your wife... I hope you are spoiling her and then some today!

May 12, 2024 06:41 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

My neighbor's dog likes a snitch shoes and socks. I mentioned to her I lost my running shoes. She asked me to come there were plenty of stolen shoes and socks.

May 12, 2024 07:51 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sam Shueh now that, Sam, is a really funny story. Did you find your shoes and socks?

May 12, 2024 07:53 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

My husband and myself are still looking for one lost sock of mine.  Thank you for a great blog posting.

May 13, 2024 06:56 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Leanne Smith hi Leanne... I suggest you stop looking and it might just appear out of nowhere when you least expect it! :)

May 13, 2024 08:36 AM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Those single socks hang out on top of my dryer, waiting to find a mate. I have no idea where the runaway sock has gone. Sidenote: the younger generation doesn't care if socks match or not! My teenage granddaughter wears mis-matched socks all the time.

May 15, 2024 11:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty hi Pat... I hang on to the single socks for a while and then toss them. 

May 15, 2024 01:18 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

This is news to me!

As organized as I am...my sock drawer does not look like that. LOL

May 16, 2024 02:02 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Sharon Tara I don't wear socks so it's not an issue for me. But I do keep my husband's sock drawers organized like that.

May 16, 2024 02:07 PM
June Piper-Brandon
Coldwell Banker Realty - Columbia, MD
Creating Generational Wealth Through Homeownership

How cute!! I haven't lost a sock in a very long time, and I'm not sure why, and I'm sure it has nothing at all to do with me being organized or taking particular care.

May 17, 2024 08:41 PM