I just folded a load of clothes that had 26 clean socks. That's not really unusual. The truly remarkable thing is that from those 26 socks, there were 13 matched pairs of socks. There was not a singleton (or I suppose from an even number of socks there would have to be at least 2 singletons) left over. That is almost unheard of at this house.
There is always the question of what to do with those singletons. Should they go in the sock drawer where they will always remain unused, passed over in the rush to get dressed in the morning? Should they be thrown away with the understanding that parted pairs are hardly ever reunited? In our house they are put in a little pile on top of the drier. At the present time, there are 13 singletons on top of the drier.
I know. That sounds like a lot of socks. But at least 4 or 5 of those are little bitty, no-show, mainly-just-covers-the-bottom-of-your-foot kind of socks, so they don't add much volume to the stack. And those are in a variety of colors, too: pink, black, and several shades of beige.
There is one black band sock. No one in our house wears black crew socks except Mr. H . . . unless it's marching season. Then 1 or possibly 2 of the girls have A pair that gets worn for a few hours on Friday nights. The one on top of the drier is too small to fit Mr. H, so it must be a band sock. And its mate probably made its escape on a bus trip. I'll end up purchasing a new pair when marching season starts up again.
Certain socks are delegated to the singleton pile and never move on. (I suspect the band sock is one of those.) Others move in for the time it takes to wash several loads and are then happily reunited with their mates. I try to look through them weekly to see if there are any pairs hiding among the singletons. I suspect some of those little bitty, no-shows have mates lurking at the back of my daughters' sock drawers or under their beds or even static-ly stuck to the inside of some garment that has fallen out of favor.
But until I am overcome with a fit of cleaning, the pile on the top of the drier is safe...but still lonely.