I continue to move through the house to complete my spring clean. A section I have been avoiding being the shoe closet. Mostly because I know I am going to have to part with several shoes as my injury will not allow for non supportive footwear. The time has come I must get in there and clean out that closet. I am a very visual person so as I go I actually take photos of the items I am packing this helps me to remember what I have stored so I may match fashions for the coming season or just to remind me what’s in those storage bins.
First things first, sorting out the winter footwear. These are to be packed up and stored until next winter. Before doing so there are some very important steps to take.
- Make sure the footwear is in good repair, do the Push Over test set the shoe or boot down flat and gently try to push it over. If it does not sit flat or tips easily the shoe may have worn down too much. If it can be repaired take it in to your shoe repair if not than discard.
- Replace worn insoles if necessary and take steps to deodorize your footwear
- Clean the footwear. In climates that snow quite a bit often there is salt put down to prevent snow and ice on sidewalks. The salt can be very damaging to the shoe or boot use a water and vinegar solution to gently wipe the surface and allow to dry. It may take several vinegar solutions to completely clean the footwear.
- Spray your footwear down with a water proofing spray sometimes and especially around here the weather changes so quickly you may not have time to do this so stay prepared and one step ahead by getting it down now.
- Some footwear may requiring polishing if so do this and than proceed to spray with the water proofing spray
- Make sure all treated footwear has dried completely before beginning to store.
- For boots use boot forms to preserve the shape while in storage
- Store footwear standing upright when possible. If using a bin make sure you put the lightest or more delicate footwear in last. Use fabric or packing tissue to separate footwear from each other label bin and store until needed.
While we are in the process of packing some winter gear go through and collect any winter scarves, toques, mittens, gloves, earmuffs, coats and anything else that is screaming winter gear.
- Check coat pockets, inspect for holes or general wear and tear. Make sure zippers zip, buttons button, and hood strings pull. Repair if needed, if the garment is beyond repair discard. There is no sense storing garbage.
- Make sure all gloves have a mate and they are in good repair
- Check all scarves earmuffs and toques for damage
- Wash all winter garments and allow to fully dry.
- Use garment bags to store coats and label the bin and store
Not all of you but some of you I think like me may have winter specific bags and purses as well. These bags usually take the most damage I find so they need a lot of TLC.
- Empty all pockets I find the most satisfying way is to dump them upside down and even shake to ensure any and all crumbs have spilled out.
- Inspect the bag for damage and repair if needed. If the bag has too much damage or cannot be repaired than just discard it.
- Some bags may have come with their own set of specific cleaning guidelines if yours has this follow that guide
- Using a small attachment vacuum out the crevices of the bag
- Depending on the materials the bag is made of will determine the products you should use spot test in a concealed section before use. A damp cloth and flicking away dirt or gently wiping with the grain will do for gently used bags. If the bag is heavily soiled you may want to get it professionally cleaned.
- Once bag is clean and thoroughly dried you may use a protective treatment on it and allow to dry and set
- Deodorize your bag as necessary
- Always stuff bags that are not stiff with paper or tissue to help keep it’s shape
- Use the dust bag that came with you bag to store, if you don’t have one a pillow case will do.
- Ideally bags should be stored upright in a well ventilated dry area if you are storing in a bin pack loosely storing lighter more delicate bags on top
- Label and store
Now that we have made all that room in our foyer closet, and we have given it a good spring cleaning, it’s time to break out the spring/summer stuff! If you packed these accordingly than you shouldn’t need to do a whole lot here. Just unpack and enjoy! As you are unpacking your spring/summer make sure everything is clean and in good repair. Try them on make sure everything still fits. If your like me and had a foot injury over the winter months make sure your spring/summer footwear will be supportive enough to handle your recovery. Donate anything that is in good repair but just doesn’t fit or you won’t actually wear. There is no sense holding onto items that you won’t use, and shoes do degrade over time even if they haven’t been worn, so if they are in good shape donate so someone else can get a use from them. I do take photos of these items too if I don’t already still have them so that I may shop to match the styles and so that I don’t acquire too many of the same style. In everything I do I am very versatile so my fashion follows I would rather have many styles and colours than be tied down to the same look.
Hope this helps your Spring Cleaning Motivation and good luck sorting your shoe collection. If you have anything to add please leave me a note in the comments below!