i have fewer socks than i used to. i didn't realize this until the boys went to boy scout camp for a week. i ran out of socks. strange. i usually have plenty to last between loads. ah, there's the rub. when the boys are home they pretty much double the amount of laundry produced per week. so a load of socks and undies gets done every week. before kids we did a load every other week. so we needed twice as many socks to get from load to load. i don't really remember doing laundry when i was a bachelor. i don't think i had 4x as many socks as i have now. i think i just washed everything together when the need arose.