|My current shoe collection (sans 2 pairs of flip flops).|
|Poetic Licence "Dazzling Day" Pump|
1. Divide & Conquer. The first thing to do is to go through your shoes and pull out all the pairs you haven't worn in the last 6 months. Don't be too lenient or make excuses here. Just grab any pair that hasn't seen action in a while.
|See, the boyfriend was wrong- I only have 11 pairs I haven't worn in the last six months- not half! ;)|
3. Keep ONLY what you need. Put back the shoes you are certain you will wear, but haven't because of the weather or some other extenuating circumstance (e.g. I just bought the zebra print shoes a few weeks ago, so not wearing them yet is excusable).
4. Say Goodbye. Take a look at what's left. If you haven't worn these shoes in the last 6 months and don't have a very good reason for not wearing them, it's time to say goodbye.
|These white satin peep toes haven't been worn since the wedding I bought them for 3 years ago- time to say goodbye.|
5. Sell, Donate, Trash. Separate this "goodbye" pile into three groups: Sell, Donate, and Trash.
- Sell shoes are any that are in good to excellent condition and are a brand that people seek out. Don't waste your time trying to sell shoes that you're only going to get a few bucks for. Ebay and consignment shops are great options for selling these shoes.
- Donate any shoes that are still in good shape, but probably won't bring in much money. You can always check Ebay's completed listings to see how much similar shoes sell for, then determine if you should sell or donate. Goodwill and the Salvation Army will gladly take any shoes that are still in fairly good condition.
- Trash any shoes that are no longer in good condition. Worn out shoes that are falling apart don't look good on anyone, no matter how much you love them.
6. Buy what you still need. Once you've figured out what to do with your "goodbye" pile, take a look back at what you have, and determine if you need to add any new shoes to your wardrobe. For example, I only have two pairs of dress flats. I could probably use another pair of flats (especially in a color other than black or brown), so I can allow myself to purchase these, since I really do need them, and I've just gotten rid of some shoes I don't need/want.
So there you have it! Seven easy steps to declutter your shoe collection and still have a gorgeous pair to wear with every outfit! Although I think it's totally fine to have more or fewer than 25 pairs of shoes, make sure your collection is sufficient for your needs, but also isn't unmanageable. If you feel like you never have the right pair of shoes to wear, don't be afraid to buy a few new pairs, but if you can't seem to remember half the pairs you own, consider cutting back and keep only shoes you truly love and will wear.
One last tip: Quality is always better than quantity. Buy shoes that will last and you will find you don't need as many pairs, nor do you spend as much money in the long run.
How many pairs of shoes do you all currently have? Do you feel you have too few or two many? Any other tips you have for closet organization? I'd love to hear from you!
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