I have way too many shoes. I love them all dearly and don't know how to part with them. I have gotten rid of a sofa to make room for my shoes, and am planning to buy more this weekend even though I can't afford to. I need help.
What is the best strategy for purging your shoe collection?
First let me start off by saying, I understand. Please know that you are not alone. There are ten million other solemates out there who suffer from the same disease. The first step is admitting you need help, but before you attempt to purge your old shoes, you need to combat your need to buy new shoes. Annie, your'e gonna have to face it, you're addicted to shoes.
Repeat after me the Shoe Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to deny the shoes I cannot buy;
courage to be happy with the shoes I own;
and wisdom to put my best foot forward.
Annie, my advice to you is to make yourself a shoe budget. Factor in how much money your current salary allows you to spend on all the basics - rent, food, electricity, phone, car, and shoes...in that order. If you can buy one new pair a month, great, stay on budget. As for getting rid of the shoes you already have...if you bring in a new shoe, make room for it by getting rid of an old shoe. it's tit for tat, but with shoes...like shoes for shat. No, that doesn't sound right at all.
Here is my criteria for shoe disposal.
1. Throw out any shoes that are too painful to walk in, don't fit, or are falling apart way past the point of repair. If they hurt and you still love them to death, try out some cool shoe solutions that flower your feet with love from Foot Petals.
2. Throw out shoes if they smell like something died in them.
3. Donate shoes if they are still wearable, but you haven't worn them in over a year.
4. Go see Confessions of a Shopaholic. Learn from thy mistakes.
Good luck Annie on your quest for shoe sobriety.
I believe in you.
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