Let’s Gain Control: Organize Shoes & Pants
What is the challenge?
This week we are still in our master closets, but the focus is on the bottom half of our body. This will be pants, skirts, jeans, shorts and shoes. We will organize our shoes and pants to get one step closer to an organized home once and for all.
How will we do it?
We will be following the same basic method from last week just focusing on different articles of clothing. If you need a refresher or are new, check out the Faith Filled Organization Challenge Week 2.
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When going through pants,shorts, and skirts I would make some piles of things you know fit and you are keeping, of items you need to try on because you are just not sure, and the ones that you know you will donate or sell can be put in that basket. Your goal is to really narrow down your jeans, pants, skirts to what makes you feel awesome. Be careful not to keep too much lounge wear. Touch each item and determine if it sparks joy.
How I keep my closet
Personally, I fold all of my pants using the KonMari Folding Method.
The pants stand up just like the shirts. This also allows me to follow the same left to right strategy with the pants to be sure they are on a rotating basis and that I am actually wearing them all.
For dressier pant items that I do not wear on a daily basis, I have them folded in a separate section so I know where to look when I need something just a little bit nicer.
For skirts, folding looks like this.
Here are photos of my finished product after weeding through all my pants and skirts. I only have two shelves of these items. These are the items that spark joy and that I truly wear!!
If you do hang your items, Marie Kondo suggest that you arrange the items hanging in your closet so that they rise to the right. Heaviest items on the left and lighter items on the right. I prefer to keep them arranged by category.
Now onto shoes.
Oh boy. Depending on how many shoes you have, this is a tricky category. I do not have that many shoes. I am super particular on shoes and only keep the ones that I wear on a regular basis. Hubby is a whole other story so we have our work cut out for him in the shoe department.
The Process for Shoes
As you go through shoes and decide which ones you actually wear and fit, divide them into categories, such as boots, sandals, sneakers, high heels. This will allow you to see if you need to narrow down some of your selections in one of the categories.
How to store
How you store your shoes will be dependent on your space and preference. I believe that lining them up on a shelf in your closet is the most effective way to store shoes. I also divide my shoes into ones I wear on a daily basis and ones that are for “dressing up”. As a SAHM, I clearly do not wear my stilettos to Target or the park so those go on a shelf that is not as accessible. Then, when I have an opportunity to bust them out, I know exactly where to look.
Marie Kondo suggest storing your shoes so that they heaviest items are on the bottom shelf, and the lighter items are on the top shelf.
Shoes are the only item that I do keep separate seasons. I keep my flipflops, sandals, etc in a bin in the basement during the winter and then put the boots down in the bin during the summer. This just frees up much needed space, and if I need a pair of shoes, I know exactly where to look.
You may also choose to store you shoes in boxes. If you have the space to do this and it is working for you, then just be sure to go through each box and weed out the shoes you no longer need. I personally like to be able to see my shoes, but I do know they make clear shoe boxes as well.
Some Tips for Shoes
- Keep them in one area. If your family keeps all their shoes in the garage, then be sure all the shoes are collected there. It is important not to have piles of shoes by each entry door. Having a clear way to store the shoes or a clear location for them will help keep this under control. We have a downstairs coat closet that stores all the kids shoes, and Dustin and I keep our shoes in our closet.
- Shoes are the hardest clothing item to put away. For some reason, shoes end up all over my house. By having a specific location for shoes, it is easy to tell children and husbands to put their shoes away. Part of the KonMari Method is not only a place for everything, but putting things back in their place as soon as you are done. We have a long way to go with this, but I have the goal in mind.
Step by step we are gaining control of our Master Closet.
Blessings to you as you tackle your closets. Please reach out if you need any advice or support.