Are Your Shoes Taking Over?

5 Easy Steps to Take Control

1. Have a meeting of the soles.
Start by collecting all your shoes together in one place. Be sure to check places like the car and under the bed for strays.

2. Sort things out. Sort your collection into: 
2 categories: in season /out of season
4 subcategories: frequently worn /special occasion/ very stylish/totally impossible

3 Put your best foot forward.
Now that your shoes are sorted you can start eliminating. Get rid of all worn or tattered shoes. Repair those that are worthy of it and under no circumstances wear shoes that do not complete your outfit. Nothing will ruin your look faster than cheap or rundown shoes. Buying fewer, quality shoes, like buying quality clothing will serve you well and become the foundation of a great wardrobe.

4. Donate anything that does not enhance your wardrobe.
Keep only shoes that fit and finish your look. Under no circumstances keep heels that have you teetering like a newborn giraffe on hours old legs or that category called “for sitting only."

5. Who’s in charge?
Now that you know how many shoe boxes or containers you will need you can start to organize. Don’t go through the trouble of taking pictures and taping them to the outside of the shoe boxes.  It’s simpler to use clear boxes. Finally you’ll want to utilize the space under the bed for those out of season shoes. Before summer ends think about earning some extra money and put the” cute but impossibles” in a yard sale or send to the consignment shop or Goodwill.

Stay focused on what’s important.

Follow the advice of Liz Morgan professional organizer:

• Love them or leave them.
• Use them or lose them.
• Consign them or resign them.
• Wear them or share them.

When possible follow the one in and one out rule to keep the clutter at bay.

And excellent advice in taming clutter from Sherrie Bourg Carter, Psy.D. in Psychology today: If you don't use it, don't want it, or don't need it, get rid of it. You can toss, recycle or donate (one person's trash is another person's treasure), but don't keep it. If you use it, but only rarely, store it in a box in the garage (or if it's your office, in a high or low place) to leave easy-access space for things you use more often. Also, put a date on the box. With rare exceptions, if you haven't opened the box in a year, whatever is inside is probably not something
you need.