Now that you’ve eliminated everything you hate from your closet, we’re ready for Phase 2. Let’s talk shoes. Take a step into your closet and pull all of your shoes out. ALL of them – including the ones smashed in the back of the closet that haven’t seen the light of day since high school prom. It’s safe to say you won’t be needing those again. And the sandals with the backs broken down covered in dust bunnies – we know they’re in there!
Start with your favorites. Set aside the shoes you wear most and any shoes that you love.
Next, think about your lifestyle and answer these three questions:
Which shoes do you like to wear most?
Which shoes do you need to wear? (Does your job require certain shoes? Or a sport you play?)
Which shoes are you constantly wishing you had every time you face your closet?
With these thoughts in mind, here are some tips to help you sort through the rest of your shoes:
- You don’t need 12 pairs of black sandals. If you have multiple pairs of shoes in a certain category, just pick your favorite and get rid of the unnecessary.
- Donate anything you haven’t worn in the last year. If it hasn’t been good enough to wear the past year, what’s going to make it good enough to wear this year?
- Off season boots – if you can, store your off-season boots elsewhere. Just snag a photo of them before you store them so you can upload them to your Hanger app and remember them for next season!
- If you have fancy shoes that may only be worn once every few years, you can store those with the off-season boots. Again – take a photo so you remember those beauties, but no need to keep them in your closet taking up space with your daily shoe-wear.
Lastly, this is the time to cut ties with those old sentimental slippers filled with holes from years that include cartoon character faces or bunnies or puppies or cats. I know you love them, but style starts the minute you wake up and that is no way to convey it.
As you’re completing this part of the cleanse, start keeping a list of items that you actually need to invest in for the future. Include colors, styles, and any other notes that will help you next time you’re out shopping.
Imagine being able to say “Alexa, ask Hanger to find a pair of shoes and a small purse to go with my Kate Spade dress for this weekend” and instantly getting recommendations from your favorite brands on your phone or nearest display.