Step 4:
Organizing Shoes, Boots, and Other Footwear

In Step 4 of clearing out your closet, we'll look at organizing shoes, boots, and other footwear.

First, have a clear area in your bedroom to give you some room for this process. You might want to have a full-length mirror on hand as well; you'll be trying on all of your shoes and other footwear!

Set a timer for 15 minutes – give yourself a short amount of time to do this exercise.

Gather all of your shoes, sandals, boots, and other footwear from all the places you keep them, and put them all together in the middle of your bedroom floor. Organizing your footwear is about getting to know what you love, what you don't love, and beautifully organizing what you decide to keep.

Look at each pair of shoes.

Try them on. For each pair, ask yourself:

  • Do you LOVE this pair of shoes?
  • Do you wear them? Regularly?
  • Do they hurt to walk in? You deserve shoes that are not only beautiful, but that your feet love.
  • Do you love how they look on you?
  • Are they in good shape?
  • Do you have a lot of duplicates? For example, are you surprised to find that you own five pairs of black heels (but don't often wear them?)
  • Do they need repairs, such as new heels or polishing?
  • Are they keepers?

If you're like most people, you will find, while decluttering and organizing shoes, that many of the shoes in your collection get worn very rarely, if ever...and that you have a few beloved pairs of shoes that you wear day in and day out.

If you want to really get to know yourself, ask yourself why you love each of your favorite, often-worn shoes. What is it you love about each one? 

If you find that you need to replace or repair items, write them on your “What I Need” list.

When you have finished with your shoes, put the ones you’re keeping away. Bring the ones you’re getting rid of out of your bedroom and put them in your car to take them to your favorite charity. You want to keep your bedroom as cleared out as you can while you’re doing this.

And then when you're finished with Step 4 of organizing shoes, move on to Step 5 - Workout Clothes.

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