SHOE FLY, DON'T CLUTTER ME

April 27, 2012

It's a fact that we LOVE our shoes.  And why not.  They're that one item of clothing that doesn't change in size much, that can easily change the look of an outfit and we can actually afford to purchase if we want to keep up with trends.  But they are also not particularly easy to store neatly and we often have trouble parting with pairs because we might need them some day.  So what's a girl (or guy) to do when we want to pare down our pairs without pitching too much?  First, if you have collections of seasonal shoes (such as boots for the winter and sandals for the summer) consider rotating your out of season shoes like you do your clothing.  These under-bed shoe organizers only cost around $10 (I picked a few up at Bed, Bath & Beyond with my 20% off coupon) and are perfect for storing seasonal shoes.  Once you've determined the pairs you need for the current season, honestly evaluate the space you have to store your shoes.  Racks like this start around $15 and make good use of the space between your clothes and the floor in your closet.  Or over-the-door rack like this starts around $30 and can utilize the unused space on the back of your closet door.  It's important once you've decided how much space you have to store your shoes that you stick to keeping what you have space to store.  Practice the "1 in, 1 out" rule (or even 1 in, 2 out).  After all, you only have 2 feet.  And when you do purge the shoes that you no longer wear, have nothing to wear with or that you think are worn out, check out Soles for Souls, an amazing not-for-profit organization who takes your shoe donations and distributes them to people in need around the world.

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