I’ve been working hard at decluttering my house and SHOES were pretty high on the list. I do not collect shoes in the way that most women do- I have size 10w feet so nice shoes are a pain to find and I don’t love shoe shopping. So I don’t really buy shoes very often. But I HATE throwing out old shoes and it’s sort of a problem. Actually, in general I hate throwing things out so that’s part of the issue. I found out that I own SEVEN pairs of sneakers… who needs that many sneakers?! And I’d literally sewn up the fabric on the toe of one pair because it was so ragged. And then kept the sneakers in the back of the closet for God only knows how long.
That’s a pretty good sign that it’s time to toss those shoes!
But I ran into issue again… I hate to put stuff in a landfill. I didn’t see much of an opportunity to upcycle them. I did a quick search though and found out that PlanetAid accepts shoes in all conditions- they have a big yellow bin near us so that works perfect. And the shoes in bad condition will get recycled! Yay! It’s just a tad easier for me to let go of stuff if I know they’ll not end up in a landfill.
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- Fabric bin
- Binder clips
Just for a visual- these are some of the shoes I decluttered, yikes.
I clean them because I wanted them clean so that the company could figure out easily which should be saved and which should be recycled. I didn’t want anything recycled that could be used.
The shoes that Kaden would grow into, I saved… or rather, I saved one pair in each size. Those will make good play shoes for the mud and backyard.
When we’re wearing the shoes, I just clip the binder clips to the edge of the bin. It works great. It does mean I need to help my kids a bit more for putting their shoes away, but if it gets us organized whatever!
Oh- did you ever see my sock bin? That’s the drawers beside the bin. I store all of the kids’ socks by the front door. It speeds up our exit a LOT compared to keeping them in their rooms.
Altogether I think I recycled about 15 pairs of shoes. How many do you think you’d be able to declutter?!