It’s the last day of the Get Organized Challenge. The final task is to sort through and organize your shoes.
Many of us love shoes. They are fun to buy and a great way to express our individuality. However, as with all things in life, too much of a good thing is a bad thing.
Start by removing all of your shoes from your closet(s). Gather them if they are strewn around the house.
Throw away shoes that are:
- irreparably damaged
Give away shoes that:
- hurt your feet
- you don’t like wearing
- you are keeping out of guilt (“but I paid so much for them…”)
- are very similar to others you own (how many flip flops do you need?)
Clean/polish/have repaired shoes that are:
- broken, but fixable (e.g. need to re-soled)
Now that you have sorted through them, think about how you want to store them. Here are a few tips:
- Organize your shoes by type (pumps, flats, sneakers, boots).
- Keep boots & bad weather gear downstairs near the door either in an entry/mudroom closet or on a tray.
- If you have shelves in your closet… put your shoes directly onto the shelf. If you like, put shoes into clear plastic shoe boxes – especially those “special” shoes you seldom wear but want to keep nice.
- If you only have floor space… consider buying a tiered shoe rack to gain more space.
- If you have very limited closet space…. Get creative. You can hang a shoe organizer on the back of a door.
Or you can install molding on the wall from which you can hang shoes with heels.
Another alternative is to put up a pegboard for hanging shoes.
- If you can’t fit all of your shoes in your closet… consider using an under-the-bed box for out of season/seldom worn shoes.
- Flip flops can be stored in a basket or nested and stuck into a file sorter or plate rack on a shelf.
- Put supports into boots to keep them standing up while not in use. You can buy boot trees, or even cut pool noodles to size.
As always, the best tip is to keep only the number of shoes that you can easily accommodate in your space. It may seem tough, but the reward of being able to see and access your shoes easily outweighs the cost of letting go.
Do you have a shoe stash that needs some organization or do you have this one under control?