Monday, 4 January 2016

reMOVE it Monday. SHOES

Time to put my foot down.

Goooood morning, sunshine! 

Is your household back to work today? 

Tough cookies, honey-bunch.
It's a new week and a new year and I'm a TAD excited about some things I've got up my sleeve but that's just all ominous foreshadowing. If you read this post, then you already know that this year is going to be about some creative downsizing and some conscious life-upsizing. 

My mantra for 2016 is Less is More.

And yet, here we are in January, one of my least favourite months of the year. I don't know if it's the cold and the short days after the sparkle of the holidays, or if it's the memories this time of year brings up, but I can feel my resolve fading into a plateful of carbs.

It's time to put January to good use.

I'll still be chatting about tips and trends on Fashion Fridays, but I also have a vision of a 100% wearable wardrobe, apart from the box of *just in case* maternity clothes.
image via @scarymommy on Instagram

AHEM. Let's revisit on one year of sleep. But apart from that? If I don't wear it, it's going AWAY. I'll be starting with the closets this month, then going through the rest of our home and scaling way back on our junk material possessions.

On random Mondays, I'll be posting about how it's going, under the tag reMOVE it Monday

I'd love to get your feedback. Maybe you're an organizational maven or maybe you've found a slick trick that works. SHARE THE WEALTH!

Since I'm starting with our closets, why NOT start from the bottom up?

On today's discard pile... SHOES.

I'm inspired in the shoe-clean-up category by 3 ideas (none of which are mine). Thankfully, surrounding myself by brilliant people has given me a lovely place to begin this week.

Here I go. 

Step 1. Pile all my shoes in a heap.

Shoe-castle! My colleague Dana recently did this brilliant clean-up move where she just threw all her shoes on the floor and then said, "Which ones do I love?"

So many shoes. So little LOVE. Plus, you can see doubles (triples) of what you don't need.  How many pairs of shoes do you have sneaking around the garage, the basement, the car, the closet, the bathroom ... ahem. Never mind. Me neither.

Apparently the strategy actually comes from THIS book...

Marie Kondo's book has become a sensation.
I haven't read this book yet, but I'm GONNA. 
*2 million AND ONE copies sold, actually. You're welcome, Marie. May I call you 'Marie'? I bought your book. I'm going to call you 'Marie'.
 I did purchase it (Happy Birthday to me) but it's not here yet. I'll keep you posted.  UPDATE: Read it. Check out my review here.

However, in the meantime, g'bye Felicia shoes.  

Here's a helpful little list I found if you (like me) have some shoes in the *maybe* category. 

If you're still having trouble letting go...

  2. Talk to your shoes. Say goodbye.
"It's for you."  (from 'Get Smart')

Parting is such sweet sorrow. 

Here's a link to a short summary of Life-Changing Tidying Tips. Sounds gimmicky, right? I love it. There's a short list there I found surprisingly helpful on how to let go of STUFF (coincidentally from that book I mentioned, but abridged for short attention spans).

For example, number three is Pick up each item one at a time and ask yourself, "Does it spark joy?"    

Now Nathan keeps looking at me oddly while I talk to inanimate objects.

Me: You've served your purpose, sparkly sandals. Adieu.
Nathan: What?

Me: Yes, you DO spark joy, beautiful booties. 
Nathan: Okay. Get in the car.

If I can't use 'em, they're going out this week. Let me know if you're up for some random hand-me-downs, shoes size 7-7.5. Probably slightly stinky. I'm so giving.

3. Wear them all. 

Time to gather up what I've got left and wear them ALL. Granted, I live in Canada, so I may have to hold off on the sandals. This last fall, my friend Deena challenged herself to wear ALL of her shoes before re-wearing a pair and this sounds like a challenge worth doing. I'm in. 

Can't wait to wear those six-inch boots to my next mom date. That's how you find out who your real friends are.

Point being, if I don't wear them (even if I like them), it's time to junk them, donate them, or decorate a fence-post with them.

Well isn't THAT stunning? Photo via the 2015 Saskatchewanderer on Instagram, Ashlyn George.
I'm sure Pinterest has also some great ideas just waiting for me to unearth...

I'll post an update next Monday (under reMOVE it Monday) on how my shoe downsizing is going, but I'd love to hear from you.  

Anyone else up for the shoe challenge this week? 

Got any other downsizing tips? 

UPDATE: Check out my review of "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" here.


  1. I read that book and didn't like it. Found it weird, but I'm also a bit strange so whatevs. My shoes and I co-exist in happiness. While I should downsize, I usually end up doing the opposite and collect them instead. They have replaced art. Maybe I should start framing them and hanging them around the house....

    1. Aaaand I read it. Oh my. I'm off to let my socks rest... whatever the heck that means.

    2. Holy, that was quick. It was exactly those type of things that drove me nuts, so much so that I couldn't find her points valid because of all the cray-cray

  2. Oh Deena! Your shoes are art. Turns out I like most of my shoes so this first downsize may be harder than I thought. Oy. What didn't you like about the book? Tell me more. Now I am even more interested to read it... weirdly.

  3. I read most of the book too and it helped a little. I did get rid of a bit of junk. I'm the person who always says "But what if I need it in the future?" and then I don't get rid of it and never use it. Or I get rid of it then wonder where it went (re: my puffy white vest).

    1. Yeah, just finished it. There do seem to be some applicable principles, but she lost me at emptying my diaper bag everyday and tossing Grandpa's photos.

  4. I am so in!! My shoes have also been on my mind. Actually downsizing and de-cluttering has been on my mind =) I had a sort of revelation this week as I was thinking about getting rid of things. I often defend not letting go of things because I think of it as being wasteful to get rid of perfectly good items BUT, it is just as wasteful to keep said items if they are wasting space, time, energy and emotions(yes stuff affects my emotions). I need to downsize and then be really diligent about my purchases and how necessary they are. Thanks for being real!

    1. Ditto! I am a tad anxious about having to move in July, so am really hoping to do a generalized sweep, but I always feel better when everything is less cluttered. I completely agree about stuff affecting our emotions!

  5. It's funny; I, too, have hopped on the Less is More bandwagon for 2016, with the express exception of shoes! I've been slowly building up my shoe stash after finally finding a store here in Panama that a) actually sells size 10shoes, and b) sells quality items within my budget. For years I was the girl with just two pair of shoes (black flats and brown flats) and a few pair of sandals. Now I am finally embracing variety, and it is so much fun! I actually own a pair of pink heels AND a pair of blue heels! Joy abounds any time I leave the house! Is there a way for me to share a picture of my shoes in my closet? Perhaps I'll have to send one to you via Facebook. I've been DYING to share this excitement with someone! Now to tackle the rest of my wardrobe...(cue ominous music). If I can up the joy level of the rest of my clothes to match that of my shoes, this will be one sunny year, indeed!

    1. Oh I absolutely love this. I think this might be a situation where every pair of shoes brings you joy! I would love to see your collection. Photo please!

  6. the internet keeps eating my comments... ugh.
    ANYways, I love shoes... I need more in my life so getting rid of a ton is hard to comprehend. I do need to clean my closet though. Why are clothes/shoes so so so hard to get rid of sometimes.
    I'm so bad at saying "but I MIGHT wear this" (and then never doing it)

    Confessions of a Frumpy Mommy

    1. Shoooooes. Honestly, it was a good way for me to see some patterns and trends I have enough of and plan for future shoes. Had to make some space for the new children... even if they won't be coming home soon. Oh goodness. I have a problem.

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