Saturday, February 23, 2019

30 Day Tidying Challenge • Day 6 • Shoes

Welcome to Day 6 of the #30daytidyingchallenge! This challenge runs from February 18th to March 19th, and if you're tidying with me over the next 24 days, the plan is to be finished in time for the first day of spring on March 20th (or the March Equinox if you are located in the Southern Hemisphere). This tidying challenge is based on the KonMari method, and I was hugely inspired by these three resources: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

To help with the process, I put together this calendar, which shows all the different categories I'll be tidying during the 30 day challenge. Depending on your situation, you may want to tackle this project over a number of months, and that is totally ok too! You can still use the calendar--just follow the order, but take more time for each set of categories.

On Day 6, we'll be finishing up the clothing category by tidying shoes, boots, and slippers!

Some thoughts on Day 6:

1) Your ability to determine what sparks joy will improve over time. When I tidied shoes today, I employed a similar method as Day 5, when I selected items to keep rather than picking items to discard. I found it much easier today, and there ended up being a clear divide between the "wants" and the "do not wants." I selected the pairs of shoes that I wanted to keep until I couldn't bring myself to pick up any more, because I knew the pairs that remained didn't bring me any joy.

2) Thank each item as you let it go. While I often forget to do this, I made sure to thank my shoes, because walking is such an integral part of my life. If you're letting go of an item that you've used regularly over the years, you can thank it for its good service. If you're letting go of an item that you've rarely (or never) used, you can tank it for teaching you that this type of item does not suit you. When you express gratitude, you can start to feel more positively about releasing these items from your home, instead of feeling fear, regret, and guilt.

3) Where possible, store more than one pair of shoes in a box. Marie Kondo suggests storing your shoes on a shoe rack or in shoe boxes. If using shoe boxes, try storing more than one pair of shoes in each box (if they fit, of course!). Doing so will help reduce the amount of space required to store your shoes. I was only able to do this with one box, but I'll be thinking of other ways to consolidate my shoes so they can all fit into one area of the condo.

Thank you for tuning into Day 6! If you're tidying alongside me, please let me know how you're doing. I would love to hear about your journey and if you have any tips or tricks to share. I'll see you tomorrow for Day 7. :)

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