Closet Clean Out Part Two: Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

You can read part one here.

I know I’m a little late with this update, but it’s been a pretty hectic few days over here lately. While I do want, and need, to clean out my closet, it definitely hasn’t been at the tip-top of my priority list.

Despite being super busy, I have managed to go through my shoes.

Shoes have always been a problem area for me, but it really exploded when I got to college. After I got to college I no longer had my parents watching my spending and seeing all the new shoes and clothes coming in the house.

When I went through my shoes last year, I went from about 88 pairs of shoes down to about 66 pairs of shoes. Since then, I did have a little shoe creep as I bought 3 pairs of shoes since then (I think).

Here’s what my shoes looked like before I removed any shoes this time around:

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After looking over my shoes, I got rid of 9 pairs of shoes and 13 pairs of sandals/flip-flops. Here’s what I am getting rid of (just the shoes, I’m keeping the dog). 🙂

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It filled up an entire 13 gallon trash sack! Don’t worry, I won’t be throwing these perfectly good shoes in the trash. I’ll be holding on to them for what has, somewhat unfortunately, become my annual yard sale.

I don’t know if you’ll be able to see much of a difference, but here’s what my shoes looked like after I was done putting them all away.

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I re-arranged them a little bit so all the boots are together, all the tennis shoes are together, etc. I was also able to empty out the basket that used to contain my sandals. Now there’s room for my sandal in the closet with the rest of my shoes.

This will make it easier for me to see what all sandals I own so I can get to them and wear them more easily this summer.

By my math, I’m down to only about 50 pairs of shoes now. That’s still a lot, and I might continue to get rid of some more as I work on cleaning out my closet, but for now I’m happy with my progress.

Up next: Tackling my clothes. Yikes!

Is your clothes closet in need of a clean out?

About the author

Kayla

Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

10 comments
[email protected] - February 28, 2015

Going from 91 (with the three new pairs) to 50 is quite an achievement! I’ve never been a shoe person particularly but I have other problem areas where more and more just seems to accumulate to the point that I could never use (or in your case wear) them all. It’s good to cut down some, even if it’s not “getting rid of every single thing.” Congrats!

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    Kayla - February 28, 2015

    I don’t think it will ever be my goal to get rid of everything. I just want to get down to a more reasonable number. I think I can maybe still narrow it down even further, but will have to see. 🙂

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Laurie @thefrugalfarmer - March 4, 2015

You’re getting there, Kayla! Wonderful work! What is your “goal” number of shoes? Do you have one?

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    Kayla - March 4, 2015

    I actually don’t have a goal number, but maybe I should… I do have a goal to do one in one out from now on whenever I get a new pair.

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Anne - Money Propeller - March 4, 2015

I think your blog is aptly named, Kayla!
That is several more pairs of shoes than I own. I recently got rid of about a dozen pairs of mine as well, because I found that I was never, ever wearing a bunch of them. For some, it made me sad, but I really don’t get a chance to wear very many different pairs, so they are better off not collecting dust in my house.

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    Kayla - March 5, 2015

    That’s exactly what I decided too Anne. There were lots of pairs that I hardly ever wore, some of them didn’t get worn one time since I did my last clean out in January 2014, so I knew it was safe for them to go.

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ARBM - March 6, 2015

My shoe collection looks quite small now. I sort of wish that I had more shoes so that I could get rid of some of the ones that I wear only because I have no other option. Maybe I can use your one in-one out rule and get some better shoes…

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    Kayla - March 6, 2015

    That’s a great idea!! 🙂

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