Socks and lids – they’ve both gone the way of the Dodo in my household.
Socks disappear into the apparent abyss that is also known as a dryer.
Lids for Tupperware-type plastic storage containers like the one below, disappear into the secondary abyss that is my kitchen drawer.
Who would have known that two seemingly similar items would share a common trait: the ability to behave like Houdini and make an incredible escape right under my nose?
We’ve all heard the complaint about socks being eaten in the dryer. “Sure,” we would say to those who professed such nonsense. That is, until the first time that you yourself were frantically trying to find a matching pair of these items for your child minutes before you were to transport them to school in time for the first schoolyard bell. In my case, my kids regularly end up at school with mismatched socks all to often and much to my embarrassment. It’s that blasted dryer, I tell you.
Lids – now there’s a new phenomenon. In the early days of plastic containers, I can’t recall ever having to hunt down the two pieces of this convenient puzzle in order to store my leftovers, cereal and otherwise. These days, however, it seems that there is some kind of container conspiracy at play and I’m left with a mismatched array of useless plastic.
I guess I should be thankful about this situation as, with everything, things could be worse. For example, in addition to socks going astray, how much worse would it be if my Spanx disappeared as well? Yup – things could be worse.
I should also find solace in the fact that the current Tupperware-type container of choice is in fact a cheap knockoff, one of many that I have and will continue to buy at my local dollar store. Heck, if I’m going to lose them on a regular basis, they might as well be cheap. However, the fact that I’m continually replacing them and perhaps paying more than I ever would if the lids didn’t disappear is not lost on me. Oh, the irony.
The solution? Here’s how I’m going to address these irritations head-on:
Socks – I will be actively supporting a push towards a fashion statement that embraces mismatched socks. Let’s go along with the idea that there’s a new fad amongst the kiddie set and I’m the one who’s started it. It’s cool to wear mismatched socks. After all – conformity is for nerds, isn’t it? Teaching your child to think outside the box can only be good thing. It gives them the confidence at a young age that they will need later on (think Frosh Week). Yes – nonconformity can work, especially when the ones doing the non-conforming are too young to really object to whatever ridiculous premise (and clothing) that their parents inflict upon them. As well, refusing to go along with the crowd is what all of us should strive to do because it shows strength of character (and in this case: strength of parent).
Lids -Who knew that there were so many uses for plastic food storage container lids? Sure, we’ve all been “had” by the powers that be who want to keep us ignorant to the uses of this common item. Now that I’ve learned about the various ways that we can all use these lids, I feel morally obliged to share. So here goes. Plastic food storage container lids can be used in the following ways:
- As super-sized coasters and conversation starters at dinner parties. Think of how you will be the envy of your friends and extended social groups when you whip these babies out during cocktail hour at your home. The buzz about your hipster status will reach far and wide and you will likely be approached by would-be hipster mavens and fashion gurus who want to emulate and copy your personal sense of style.
- As an arts and craft project with your kids and modern take on stain glass windows. Think about it: what other child can say that they “let the sun shine in” via high-density polyethylene (HDPE/plastic #2), low-density polyethylene (LDPE/plastic #4) and polypropylene (PP/plastic #5)? Probably very few, if any.
- As toys! Why pay money for expensive toys that your kids will just break anyway? By taking advantage of the tough and durable nature of the various plastics (see point above), you will not only be saving the environment through recycling the lids, but you will be fostering your child’s creativity as well! Think about it: lids as Frisbees. Lids as game boards. Lids as – well, anything! With kids’ imaginations, the possibilities are endless.
So as you can see, all hope is not lost regarding the problem of errant socks and lids. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. After all
Do you have this problem of missing socks and lids? How do you deal with it? Answer in the comments below
Image of storage containers courtesy of http://allthingsplastic.net/; image of socks courtesy of http://ilifejourney.files.wordpress.com