Day 5: Shoes {31 Days of Easy Decluttering} | From Overwhelmed to Organized: Day 5: Shoes {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Day 5: Shoes {31 Days of Easy Decluttering}

Welcome back to 31 Days of Easy Decluttering! Throughout this series I'm sharing easy decluttering projects that you can complete in 10-15 minutes.  If you do them, then by the end of the month you'll be enjoying a less cluttered home!

If you've missed any of the previous posts, there are links to all of them at the end of this post.

Some days you may not need to spend much time on on the task, if you've already kept that space clutter free.  Or maybe you just need to take a quick sweep of the area to remove a few things.  If that's the case then you can take it easy for a day, or go back and finish another project in the series!

Today's Easy Decluttering Project

Today we're decluttering shoes.  I'm focusing mainly on the day-to-day shoes near the entry or in a hall closet.  Those should only take 10-15 minutes to declutter.

If you want to also tackle any shoes stored in your bedroom closet(s), you can apply the same decluttering tips for those shoes too.  Since it's the weekend I thought I'd offer you an extension task :)

Entryways can easily become cluttered with shoes so it's good to go through them a few times a year.  That keeps the shoe clutter under control, which helps us get in and out of the door with less stress.

Easy Decluttering Steps

Throughout the series, you'll follow these steps to complete each daily task.  {Don't forget to take before and after pictures to share too!}

Note: The main purpose of this series is to declutter so don't get overwhelmed doing too much cleaning.  Once your house is less cluttered it will be easier to clean so you can always come back and do it later!

Also, if you have the time, you can organize the space while you're doing this step, but don't get overwhelmed with too much organizing this month.  We're focused on decluttering!

Purging Tips for Your Shoes

Follow the steps listed above, and use these tips as you purge (step #5) your shoes:

  • Throw out any shoes that are worn out or broken
  • Store shoes that you want to hand down to a younger child in your family
  • Store off-season shoes that you know will still fit and be worn next season
  • Give away or donate all shoes that don't fit anyone in the family
  • Donate or give away any regular shoes that have not been worn in the last few months
  • Consider the amount of space you have for your shoes.  If you still need to purge further, give away or donate shoes that you have multiple, similar versions of.
Using these tips, you should be able to maintain a clutter-free entryway.  At least when it comes to shoes :)

Pictures and Links to Inspire You

If you'd like to keep the shoe clutter under control on an ongoing basis, it's important to have a designated place for shoes to go.  Whether that's the same place for kids and adults is up to you, but everyone in the family should know where their shoes belong and be expected to put them back in that spot.  Every. Single. Time.

There are tons of shoe storage options you can purchase:  over-the-door shoe organizers, hanging shoe organizers, wooden or wire shoe shelves, shoe cubbies, shoe baskets, and shoe cabinets, to name just a few.  Depending on your space and budget, you can decide what option(s) work best for you.

Here are a few options to consider:
  • Wire shoe shelves (link also contains a tutorial for DIY hangers for flip flops!)


  • A flip-down shoe cabinet (I love that it hides the shoes in something that looks pretty!)

I Heart Organizing

  • Plastic baskets or bins (one per child)

Emily A. Clark

  • A DIY option using PVC pipes to make cubbies for shoes

Home Stories A to Z

  • Here's a combination of shelves, bins, and baskets for shoes.

A Bowl Full of Lemons

  • And here's a great example using plastic drawers to store shoes.

Organizing Homelife

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If You're On A Roll...

Here are a few other posts about shoes if you want to read more:

Good luck with today's decluttering project!  I'd love to hear how you did, so please leave a comment below, or on FacebookGoogle+, or Pinterest!

Don't forget to share your pictures in the Facebook post for today or use the hashtag #31DaysEasyDecluttering when you pin your pictures. I'll repin some of my favourites.  Plus don't forget I'll have a link party at the end of the series where you can share your photos too!

How many shoes did you declutter today?  How do you organize your shoes to keep the clutter at bay?  Any purging tips I missed for shoes?

Happy organizing decluttering!

Here are all the posts in the series.

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