I know a lady whose shoe collection would rival that of Imelda Marcos. She must have hundreds of high-heel shoes, and a custom-built closet to house them all.
What about you? Do you have tons of shoes scattered about your home? I don’t have a lot of shoes, but I definitely have more than I need, and plenty that I never wear. So why am I keeping them? Especially if they don’t bring me joy?
This is the premise of the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The author suggests a method for getting rid of clutter, one category at a time, once and for all. The method is to take each object in your hands and ask if it sparks joy. That is it. However, going in order is important, so if you have just found this challenge, be sure to go back and start at the beginning!
This week we are focusing on shoes. The hardest part of the challenge for me will be storing all my shoes in one place. I currently have shoes in my bedroom closet, and also the coat closet. One of the keys to banishing clutter is to store similar things in the same place. So I will need to move the shoes from my bedroom closet to the coat closet. The coat closet is right near the garage door, so it makes sense to have all my shoes there. However, our current method of shoe organization in this closet has failed. When we moved into this home, I purchased plastic buckets for everybody to store their own shoes in. However, nobody actually puts their shoes in their buckets, but rather, leaves them in the entryway or hallway (myself included). Then my husband cleans up and just throws everybody’s shoes in the closet, and they land in random buckets, willy-nilly. A big part of the KonMari method is just taking care of your OWN stuff (since you can’t decide what brings joy to another person), so I will just have to figure out something better for my own shoes. (By the way, on Week 15, we will talk about what to do with everybody else’s clutter).
This challenge is based on the KonMari method found in the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you are just joining us, be sure to start at the beginning! It’s very important to go in order! You can also visit my Transform Your Home, Transform Your Life page for all the previous posts in this series. Don’t feel like you have to catch up if you are just finding this challenge now! Just make sure to start doing the weekly challenges from the beginning, and you will be fine!
Next week’s challenge: Books