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Episode 266 – How to declutter shoes

This is something that every single one of us has in our homes but often we don’t have the space to store as many as we have. In today's podcast we're talking shoes; why we have so many and how to store them when you’re struggling for space


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Say Goodbye to Shoe Clutter: The Ultimate Guide

Are you looking for an effective way to declutter shoes and organise them in an efficient way? Our top tips are here to help you say goodbye to shoe clutter, so you can get your wardrobe organised and keep it that way. With our helpful tips and tricks, you'll be able to declutter shoes like a pro in no time.

Why Decluttering Your Shoes is Important


Decluttering your shoes may not seem like a top priority when it comes to organising your home, but it can have a huge impact on your overall tidiness and efficiency. When you have too many shoes scattered all over your wardrobe or hallway, it not only creates a cluttered and messy look, but it also makes it difficult to find the shoes you want to wear. 

By decluttering your shoes, you can save time and reduce stress. Imagine being able to easily find the perfect pair of shoes for any occasion without having to rummage through piles of mismatched footwear. It's not just about aesthetics; it's about practicality too.

Decluttering your shoe collection also allows you to take stock of what you actually own. It's easy to accumulate a large number of shoes over time, but how many of them do you actually wear regularly? Letting go of shoes that you no longer love or wear can free up valuable space and make room for the shoes that truly bring you joy.

So, if you're tired of dealing with shoe clutter and want to create a more organised and streamlined wardrobe, it's time to start decluttering your shoes like a pro. Keep reading to learn the best tips and tricks for a clutter-free shoe collection.

Assessing Your Shoe Collection


Now that you understand why decluttering your shoes is important, it's time to assess your shoe collection. This step is crucial in determining how to organise your shoes effectively.
 
Start by taking all your shoes out of your wardrobe, hallway, or wherever you keep them. Lay them out in a well-lit area so you can see them clearly. This will give you a visual representation of just how many pairs you own.
Next, begin sorting your shoes into categories. You can group them by style (e.g., trainers, high heels, flat shoes), occasion (e.g., work, formal, casual), or even by season. Categorising your shoes will make it easier to see which styles you have an excess of and which ones you may need to invest in.
 
As you go through your collection, ask yourself some important questions. Have you worn these shoes in the past year? Do they still fit properly? Are they in good condition? If the answer is no, it may be time to let go of those shoes. Be honest with yourself and only keep the ones you truly love and wear regularly.
 
By assessing your shoe collection, you can gain a better understanding of your style preferences and identify any gaps in your footwear choices. It's an essential step towards creating a more organised and clutter-free shoe collection.

Sorting and Categorising Your Shoes


Now that you've assessed your shoe collection, it's time to dive into the sorting and categorising process. This step is essential in creating an organised and clutter-free shoe collection.
 
Start by gathering all your shoes in one place and begin sorting them into categories. This can be done based on style, occasion, or even season. By grouping your shoes together, you'll have a better understanding of what you own and what you might be missing.
 
Next, take a look at each category and evaluate if you have an excess of certain styles. Do you have too many pairs of trainers or high heels? Are there any categories that are lacking? This step will help you identify any gaps in your footwear choices and allow you to make more intentional decisions when shopping for shoes in the future.
 
Once you've sorted and categorised your shoes, consider investing in storage solutions that work best for you. This can be shoe racks, shoe boxes, or even clear plastic bins. The goal is to find a system that allows you to easily access and see your shoes, whilst keeping them organised and protected.
 
By following these tips, you'll be on your way to creating a clutter-free and well-organised shoe collection that sparks joy every time you open your wardrobe.

Deciding What to Keep and What to Let Go


Now comes the time to make some tough decisions about what shoes to keep and what to let go. It can be challenging to part with shoes, especially if you have sentimental attachments or are tempted to hold onto them "just in case." However, by decluttering your shoe collection, you can create more space and ensure that you're only keeping the shoes that you truly love and wear regularly.

One strategy is to ask yourself a few key questions. First, consider if you have worn the shoes in the past year. If not, it's a good indication that you don't really need them. Next, evaluate if the shoes still fit properly. Feet can change size and shape over time, so if a pair is uncomfortable or no longer fits, it's time to say goodbye. Additionally, examine the condition of the shoes. If they are worn out, damaged beyond repair, or beyond your repair skills, it's time to let them go.


It can also be helpful to consider your lifestyle and the types of shoes you actually wear on a regular basis. If you have multiple pairs of similar styles that you rarely wear, it may be worth letting go of the duplicates. Remember, the goal is to create a more streamlined and organised shoe collection that reflects your style and needs.

Decluttering your shoe collection can be a difficult task, but by being honest with yourself and letting go of shoes you no longer love or wear, you can create a collection that brings you joy and makes getting ready each day easier. So, go ahead and start decluttering your shoe collection with confidence!

Organising and Storing Your Shoes


Now that you've assessed and sorted your shoe collection, it's time to tackle the task of organising and storing your shoes. By implementing some effective storage solutions, you can create a clutter-free and visually appealing shoe collection that is easy to access and maintain.

One of the most popular and efficient ways to organise your shoes is by using shoe racks. These come in various styles and sizes, allowing you to customise them according to your needs. Shoe racks not only keep your shoes neatly displayed but also help maximise storage space.

If you prefer a more concealed storage option, consider using clear shoe boxes. These boxes are great for protecting your shoes from dust and damage while keeping them easily visible. Plus, they stack neatly, making the most of vertical space in your wardrobe or hallway.

Another option is to use hanging shoe organisers. These typically have pockets that can hold multiple pairs of shoes and can be hung on the back of doors or in your wardrobe. This is a great space-saving solution for those with limited storage space.

When storing your shoes, make sure to place them in pairs to prevent them from getting lost or damaged. You can also consider using shoe dividers or inserts to help maintain the shape of your shoes and keep them looking their best.

By following these tips on how to organise and store your shoes, you'll be able to create a clutter-free and visually appealing shoe collection that is easy to maintain. Remember, the key is to find storage solutions that work best for you and your space. So, go ahead and transform your shoe collection into a well-organised and efficient system!

Ongoing Tips for Keeping Your Shoe Collection 
Clutter-Free


Now that you've successfully decluttered and organised your shoe collection, it's important to maintain your newly achieved clutter-free status. Here are some maintenance tips to help you keep your shoe collection organised and clutter-free:

1. Regularly assess your shoes: Set aside some time every few months to assess your shoe collection. Check if there are any shoes that you no longer love or wear regularly. Be honest with yourself and let go of any unnecessary pairs that are taking up space.

2. Practise the "one in, one out" rule: For every new pair of shoes you bring into your collection, consider getting rid of an old pair. This rule helps you maintain a manageable number of shoes and prevents them from piling up again.

3. Clean and care for your shoes: Regularly clean and care for your shoes to keep them in good condition. This includes wiping down leather shoes, removing scuffs and stains, and storing them properly. Taking care of your shoes will not only make them last longer but also prevent clutter caused by damaged or dirty footwear.

4. Stay organised with storage solutions: Make use of the storage solutions you've implemented, such as shoe racks or clear shoe boxes. Ensure that your shoes are always returned to their designated spot after each use to avoid any clutter or disarray.

5. Rotate your shoes: To prevent your shoes from sitting unused for long periods, consider rotating them every few months. This way, all your shoes get a chance to be worn, and you'll have a better idea of which ones you truly love and wear regularly.

By following these tips, you'll be able to keep your shoe collection organised and clutter-free for the long haul.

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  1. Hello ladies! Another fantastic podcast. I feel i might be out of place here; i joined the group on Facebook but haven’t posted because i feel like maybe i don’t belong. I have four pairs of shoes-a regular pair of tennis shoes, a work pair of tennis shoes, a pair of leather shoes for church, and a pair of flip flops i wear only in the house (because of fallen arches and plantar fasciitis). After listening to your podcast i went out and replaced my old work shoes. The old regular pair of tennis shoes became outside work shoes and the old pair of work shoes went into the trash. So one in one out for me. As far as organizing…. My tennis shoes stay on a mat by the front door, my flip flops stay in my closet if i am not wearing them, and church shoes are on a shelf in the coat closet. I try to make sure to keep things like shoes, clothes, toiletries in check so it doesn’t become a mess. Have a great week! Bethanie

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