January 29, 2009
Great collection of sandals, LilSis. If I were just one shoe size smaller, I’d steal some of those from you!
Besides being shoe-lovers/fanatics, I know we have something else in common, and that is being just a *little* obsessive about how we organize our lives. Being organized and having a system just makes my life run better, and I’m not ashamed! Can we talk about our shared love for the P-Touch labeler, for example? Schwing schwing schwing! Don’t get me started. I’d label my cats if the labels would stick to their fur. ^..^
I digress. I’m thinking today about how we all organize our shoes. One method is the ubiquitous pile o’ shoes on the closet floor. One is the scrambled stash of shoes under the bed. Another style of “organizing” is shoes all over the house…wherever you took them off when you last wore them is where they’re currently filed, just waiting to be called into service again.
My preferred method – not that it’s better than any of these styles – is neat stacks of Container Store shoe boxes and a couple of wooden IKEA shoe racks. I have to have a color photo taped in the front of each translucent box so that I can see what’s inside without opening it. My nicer shoes get to cuddle dust-free inside the boxes, while the more casual shoes have to chill on the wood racks under my suits. All the flip flops go into an IKEA hanging shoe sorter, and the tennis shoes are lined up like little (not that little) athletic soldiers.
If I’m not organized/sorted/filed, then my stress level goes up. I can’t work or play or be creative if I’m living or working in a mess. So trust me that I’m not being holier-than-thou or self-righteous (which LilSis and I have both been called – you know who you are) when I show my organized shoe collection, I’m just preserving what little sanity I still call mine! And I obviously need every bit of it!
Sometimes I wish I was more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of a girl, but I am who I am, and that’s all what I am, to quote Popeye. BTW, my pants are sorted by style and color in my closet, I have to confess. I need help.
So, LilSis, share your shoe organization style. I promise not to judge you, whether it’s immaculate or a little random! We all have to find the method that works best for us, given our personality, the space we have available to us, and the budget we’re working under! Show me your shoes!