Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A Real Shoe-tastrophe


I used to love shoes, but now they are my nemesis. I feel like I spend half my day cleaning up and organizing them. When we walk in our house (through the kitchen), we immediately take our shoes off. This is currently what beside the door looks like:

Even the pretend broom is disgusted by the situation and trying to clean it up

I have no control over them. We have a shoe rack but they never stay in there. Between kids throwing them out when looking for another pair, Daniel playing with them, and the quantity just being ridiculous, I feel like there is no hope. The rule (which is clearly broken) is that each person can have no more than two pairs of shoes downstairs at once. Of course, it always happens that when there are sandals there that we need rain boots or when we have sneakers down, we need dress shoes. Then as I’m trying to run out the door with the kids, I’m back upstairs (with the kids following me) searching in the closest for the right shoes. Then when we get home those shoes never immediately end up back upstairs and shoeapalooza continues. Before we know it the entire kitchen is covered in shoes. It is a losing battle. 

Shoes- That's your home. Are you too good for your home?!

I’m thinking of getting a big basket/bucket/bin that I just throw all the kids’ shoes in. The problem is that I know that is only going to cause me other headaches. Henry will never be able to find a matching pair of shoes. Daniel will empty the basket and sit inside it. Isabelle will complain that her shoes aren’t neat enough or that the boys’ shoes got hers dirty. 

What is a girl to do?? I'm open to suggestions!

13 comments:

  1. We have a shoe rack beside our door, but it is still a pain in the butt. They kids still take there shoes off in the middle of the floor and leave them. I have to stay on them about picking them up. Drives me nuts some days.

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    1. I'm beginning to think that maybe it's not the shoes that are my nemesis but the children.

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  2. We gave up and started using milk crates. Each kid has their own crate. You can even have them decorate their own (I mean, they're milk crates...no love lost). Each kid puts their shoes into their individual bin when they walk in. It's working for us and we are shoeaholics.

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    1. I am thankful every day that you are shoeaholics so that I can later reap the rewards.

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  3. I was thinking make dividers in your current 'rack' - then make it a task/chore for Isabelle to keep the pairs together in a cubby hole for everyone. If she does it she gets a sticker and once she gets however many stickers she gets a treat... that kid loves organization, she'll eat it up! - Auntie Janet

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    1. I actually should edit my post to say that Isabelle and I spend our days cleaning up the shoes. She often organizes them for me but it is a futile effort. Giving out stickers (which she would then hoard in her sticker bag in her closet) would only create all out brawls between her and her brothers when they would mess up her hard work.

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  4. We tried the bucket idea and it was TERRIBLE!!! My mom hated that bucket... I digress, however individual buckets worked. Each person had to make sure thier shoes were in their labeled bucket. If there wasn't enough room, they had to be brought to our rooms.

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    1. Thank you for making me come to terms with just how horrible the big bucket idea is. I know it would drive me insane. I like the individual bucket idea but also have a fear of my house being completely overtaken by buckets. Hi, my name is Dollops and I'm a bucket-o-holic.

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  5. Weird. I almost did a post the other day about shoes taking over my life. Thank you for handling (and doing a perfect job). Stupid shoes.

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  6. The entrance hall is always a mess. The kids throw off their shoes and socks when they get in. Do I mind? Not really, I am just pleased that they always take their shoes off. So yes the hallway is a mess but the carpets are clean.

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  7. As much as I hate to admit this...the state of your shoes is 1000 times neater than mine. No matter what I do, I can't keep them organized. Sigh.

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  8. Our entryway is tiny. There's enough room to turn around, toss something in the small closet, then go either upstairs or downstairs :-) I have two kiddos (5 on Friday, 4 in July) and they each have one pair of shoes. They DO have one other pair (the ones they had before they got their recent pair) but they are tucked away in that tiny closet...I keep them because they still fit (maybe a bit snug) and if their new ones get wet for some reason (puddles on a rainy day, pee on a defiant day, etc) we have a back-up. Soon we'll add a pair of sandals for each since they outgrew last years...hopefully the MN weather will be a bit more consistent so we can wear sandals!

    I'll enjoy the lack of shoes while I can, because I know someday they will want variety! Although I'm a one-pair lady myself (not counting my Earth sandals that I love)...had some foot pain issues several years ago (which thankfully is gone!), found a style by Earth Shoes that I love, and I just keep buying the same pair of tennis shoes and retire the old ones to the garage for gardening/yard work.

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