Buy different sock brands for siblings
Traci laments the curse of matching socks:
This seems silly (do most hacks start with those three words?) [Indeed, many do! Also: "I'm sure everyone already does this, but..." -- Ed.] but when you have more than one kid -- and they are the same sex and close in age range (my two sons are 5 and 3) -- don’t buy underwear and socks from the same place. It makes laundry sorting a nightmare. My mom (yeah for Mema!) found the boys great socks at Old Navy ... cheap, easy to put on, not too thick, no crazy, “ouchie” seams and they have the size imprinted on the bottom in that rubbery stuff which helps with traction. Problem is the 2-3 year old socks look very much like the 4-5 year old socks. So I spend too much time reading the bottoms of them, trying to figure out what socks match. Next round of sock and underwear buying, I’m going for two different looks!