Okay, it's five minutes, for me at least 'cause I live alone and only have my own socks to sort. But I don't have a dryer, so I line dry everything. Yeah, hanging up 15 pairs of socks is not fun.
Luckily I remembered that once upon a time my mom bought these little sock clips for my dad who was always mismatching black/dark blue socks. But my dad isn't really small clips kinda man, so he's not using them. But he might still have them around...
He did! And now my sock anxiety is gone! Introducing Supi-sock holder!
I have these in a small bag next to my laundry bag, so that I can put these on my socks before tossing them in there. Takes 5 seconds. Here's how they work:
There's three parts, the hook on top for hanging, the lock (the bar where the hook is), and the clamping jaws. Usually the lock is open after you've removed the socks but if not, open it.
Press from the sides lightly to open the clamping jaws (3) and slip the socks in between. I do either from toes or from the ankles. No matter which. If they're very thick you might want to go with the ankles.
Close the lock mechanism by twisting the upper bar back in place. Toss in the laundry.
When you wash laundry, these can be put in the washer just like this. And then hung to dry from the hook or put in the dryer. And once they're done, you've got your socks all paired up and ready to be put away! And they come in six colors (three per pack) so you can color coordinate for each member of the family!
All in all, it's less socks lost, less aggravation over matching and sorting. Small thing in the grand scheme of things, but it's the little things that end up bugging us the most, isn't it?
[Disclaimer: I'm in no way affiliated with the company, I just happened to find these a perfect solution to a very common problem.]