Operation Organization!

3 09 2010

Instead of the typical Wednesday Mensday this week, I decided to pick a topic more unisex. Shoe organization! This happens to be one of my personal favorites because I have a serious case of OCD and I just love shoes and organizing so much, that it’s like the perfect combo. So, excuse me if I get geeky over this, but hopefully this will inspire you just the same. Please understand that you DO NOT need a lot of room to effectively organize your shoes, and you don’t need to keep them all in the same place! You can put some over the door, some under the bed, some in your closet, and if you’re cooking inept like me, in your oven. (Just kidding, although if it was more socially acceptable I’d seriously do it!)

Heaven?!

What are the most important things to keep in mind when organizing your shoes?

1. Keep them in a DRY place with plenty of room. It’s not good to have your shoes all stacked up on each other because they will not only get dirty fast, but they will lose their shape as well.

2. Keep them away from pets, children or careless mates. We spend a lot on our shoes so let’s take good care of them!

3. Shrine your shoes–yes, shrine. If you love your shoes as much as I do, or even half as much, then you should display them neatly and with respect. If you think that sounds crazy, fine. Organize them carefully and just watch how much faster you find what you’re looking for at 6am.

4. Create a system. I have several stacking shoe racks that are AMAZING, so I have a system of what goes where. I keep my flats on the bottom and wedges on the top. Boots line up along the wall so that they have plenty of room to stand. (I also have things color-coded) 😉

5. Take inventory! Seriously, I know it’s hard, but if you’re not wearing a pair of shoes anymore then please, pass them along. NEVER throw out a pair of shoes! Donate them or take them to a consignment shop. Only toss em if they are too beat up too wear anymore. One woman’s trash is another’s treasure right?

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