Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Awww Clutter and Awww purging shoes

Awww Clutter did a good job last week purging her shoes. The final count was over 20, and although she hung on to a couple pairs for sentimental reasons, she got rid of ALL the ones that were too tight or didn't fit properly, and she also got rid of most (but not all) of the more hideous pairs. We first established that she was at maximum space allocation for her shoes. That was helpful to her because she knows she has room to purchase a couple more pairs, but after that it needs to be a strict one in, one out policy !!! We sorted shoes based on season, level of fanciness, and color. The only sorting we didn't get to was her sneakers and dog walking shoes. Best of all, I felt like I laughed almost the entire time and she didn't even flinch at the good humored teasing that I did. The funniest part for me was when I was challenging her to get rid of even more "summer wear, colored sandals, non-casual" and she stood very close to them and announced emphatically "That's it. I'm done with these. I'm keeping all the rest." with a gentle yet steely determination. Teasing her about her worn out shoes made me reflect on the worn out shoes in my own closet. I operate on a strict system of classification for shoes: black high heeled winter pumps, black winter flats, navy all season pumps, navy all season flats, cream summer heels, cream summer flats, etc. My total number of pairs of shoes is about 40, with 10 pairs being seasonal (suede heels, sandals, etc.). So I came home and put 3 pairs in the donate pile and now I need replacements for them. So, Awww Clutter, I am looking for brown heels (appropriate for work with a skirt or dressy pants), brown loafer type but with a small heel (appropriate for dressy pants and long skirts), AND brown leather loafers that work with casual pants or dressy jeans. I think of these as "fall/winter/spring" shoes, so I'm hoping they will be on sale now. Help me !!!

3 comments:

Elaine said...

I completely recommend the AwwwClutter shopping assistance! I love when she picks out shoes for me, although she might regret ever diving into assisting me. I have basically transferred my constant annoyance at not being able to find fitting shoes to her.

(Not) Maud said...

I feel like 40 pairs of shoes is an appallingly extravagant number, since I can assure you that I wear the same pair practically every day. And yet, if I go upstairs and start counting, maybe that's what I'll end up with... will let you know.

(Not) Maud said...

Apparently I have 22 pairs, including a couple that really aren't comfortable but I can't bring myself to get rid of just yet. Evidently I have some catching up to do ... must inform the husband that I'm well below reasonable shoe levels...

 
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