Organising Chaos

trying to bring beauty and order into a busy life



Happy Friday lovely people! Are you looking forward the weekend? I have many things planned but my top priority is to hang out with my three boys, maybe even breakfast in bed for all of us… exciting!

I am one of those people who love a tidy and clean house but not so much the tiding or cleaning the house. I am always looking for ways of organising things, having boxes to put things in so everything has a place and the house looks tidy with a minimum effort. I like that – minimum effort, maximum result, that’s my motto.

Laundry is one of my pet hates. This has been the case even before we had kids. Separating colour, putting a wash on, hanging clothes, collecting clothes, folding clothes and putting away clothes … it is just such a long process… really not my thing. And when you add odd socks to the equation, I find myself twitching… Now there are  4 of us, 8 feet, so many socks, so many odd socks…
Organising odd socks

I have tried different approaches to deal with the odd sock situation but I didn’t find them satisfactory. Until my last solution that is. And it is a simple one – an easy DIY project
Laundry blackboard

Last year I made this blackboard sign for the utility  room, with the statement: LAUNDRY,  NOT MY THING. It is meant to help me stop ranting about how much I hate laundry when I do it (in theory, that is).  As the sign was already there and beside the washing machine, I just added a piece of string to the frame and I use wooden pegs to hold the odd socks that I find when hanging the clothes to dry. .
Laundry signOrganising - wooden pegsOrganising odd socks and wooden pegs

This has been the most effective solution for me. Every time I empty the washing machine, I can see if I have a single sock for any off the odd ones by just checking the ones hanging. I have matched more socks in the last month than in the last year.

It is ridiculous how much time and energy this project has saved me – the simple addition of a piece of string and some wooden pegs. No more running around the house like a headless chicken looking for odd socks. Hurray for the little victories!
Organising laundry with wooden pegs

Have an amazing weekend.
Chaotic Itzi

Author: chaoticitzi

My name is Itzi. I am a Spanish girl living in Ireland with the three boys of my life. I am a firm believer in up-cycling, that beauty makes us happy and that pretty things don't have to be expensive. I love my family, coffee and the sun. Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoy it Chaotic Itzi


  1. Such a clever idea! XO-Danielle


  2. I found the solution to odd socks years ago… IGNORE THEM. Everyone in our 8 feet house wears odd socks every day, every week, all the time. And its totally grand. We don’t have PTSD, we get the odd look, maybe, sometimes, but we are immune to such looks now. ODD Socks all the way! Cuts down a load of laundry time!!

    Like the idea though! In our house it would be soo sooo soo long a string as every sock is odd and we’ve lost so many over the years now that truly none has a mate…


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