Challenge #5 – Sorting Shoes

 

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We went south for spring break to thaw out this year. It was so exciting for all of us. We busted out the shorts and flip flops, bathing suits and more flip flops.

My girls love shoes. One of the smalls particularly loves my shoes. In fact, as I was doing this challenge today I found her outside pulling the wagon around the driveway wearing my new strappy wedge heals. When she realized I had made eyes on those heals she went running back into the house to put them away and fell on her way in. Don’t worry, I kissed her boo boo after she put my shoes away. Come on, it was only a minor abrasion.

Anyway, back to my point, we now have summer and winter shoes commingling around our mud room. It is a disaster. Today I sorted 53 pairs of shoes and that doesn’t include the ones that were on my kids feet or strewn around the house at the time.

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So today I put away all of the snow boots (and snow pants while I was at it). I know, I went above and beyond today!

Obviously with 5 kids we pass down as much as we can so here are a few tricks I have learned over the years:

1. Buy black or blue snow boots and pants so they can be worn by either a boy or girl. I find these items are hard to wear out and they can truly pass down through many kids well.

2. Keep all of your boots in one bin and pants in another. In other words sort by type and not by size. This way when fall hits you can open the tub of shoes and pull out the sizes you need that year and return the rest to the tub for future years.

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The only ones that did not get stored away today were these little purple beauties. They are being donated tomorrow. They have kept 4 little girls’ toesies warm and dry in this family over the years.

We will miss them.

So let the sorting begin, and please share your stories. I love to hear from you.

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