Whether, we see a good shoe sale, or feeling down, or actually need a pair to match that dress we just bought, we’re guilty of buying a new pair. Basically, if you love shoes, you will find a reason to buy one more pair! Being a shoe lover ourself this is fine and dandy with us., However, one day, we all find that our shoe collection has outgrown the closet.
Sometimes, as we’re looking through our closet for a stashed away pair, we realize that we bought two pairs of the same or similar looking shoes! I am guilty of that. We all forget, thanks to the growing mess, disorganization, and a bevy of shoes boxes stacked on top of each other that we already had a pair. This is a sign. It’s time to do some major shoe organization work. The goal is to find that pair you want for any outfit with no fuss and without buying a whole new close space.
There is no right way when it comes to shoe organization, but here are some tips to guide you when you realize that you need to organize your increasing shoe collection:
- Count and take inventory of the shoes you already own: Simply take them all out, and count how many you have of each type (casual, formal, sporty, winter, summer, etc.) and shade. Don’t forget to note that all of them fit properly and are in good shape.
- For every new pair you buy, give away an old pair: This rule helps everyone involved. You get a new pair, and made space for them by getting rid of an old pair. Along the way you helped another woman. Win-win all around.
- Find out how much space you have: Based on the number of shoes you are keeping, figure out which place is best to store for ease of use. For those with small closets, look for other places to store out of season shoes. Usually, for under the bed, a compartmentalized shoe crates works well. If you are lucky enough to have a spacious closet, get some shoe shelves, and use them! If you have the space, but no shelves, look into building them yourself or investing in plastic shelves or crates to get the effect for less money.
- Categorical organization: Like we mentioned earlier, seasonal categorization of your shoes is an excellent idea, even in a spacious storage area. It makes no sense to have flip-flops lying around in the dead of winter or letting your summer open shoes mold in January. If you have the space, put your seasonal shoes in the front part of your closet. The most commonly used pairs, or your favorite, go in the most accessible location (e.g., at eye level or lower). You may create your own categories like occasion, color, style or material depending on your overall lifestyle and preference.
While you are organizing, don’t forget to look into the shoe maintenance. For example, give your leather shoes a little polish and weatherproof any other softer material to get ready for the first snowfall. Before storing boots and shoes, keep their shape and stiffness by stuffing them. Keep any bedazzled or jeweled heals in plastic heels to avoid unwarranted damage.
Gabi Schmidt is a part of the creative team at Xaxii. Xaxii is a social commerce company focused on fashion, beauty and lifestyle. Among many Fashion resources at Xaxii, the fashion magazine is a resource for style from around the world, tips, emerging trend and showcasing emerging fashion industry talents like designers, models, photographers, MUA and above all fashion lovers.
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