I love those television programs that show people with clutter problems...not the hoarders who have filled their houses with garbage, but regular people who have piles of stuff in their spare bedrooms. This afternoon when I was too tired from being retired to do anything, I turned on the TV and discovered that I could watch Peter Walch, Oprah's organization guru, on On Demand. There went my afternoon!
Peter Walch was helping a couple clean out their bedroom and home office. The rooms were filled with stuff that the wife had bought on sale. She had piles of new clothing that she had never worn, in sizes that she couldn't wear. The clothing took up all available space. Her husband had moved into a spare bedroom because there was no room to sleep in the master bedroom. There was an incredible amount of stuff in just two rooms. Peter Walch helped the couple, especially the woman, reduce their possessions to manageable levels. At one point he said "No one needs more than 10 pairs of shoes."
Ten pairs of shoes, he can't be serious? I've got at least 10 pair of black shoes alone. I don't think I would be able to limit myself to only 10 pairs, but how many is a reasonable number?
My friend Shawn often reminds me that I'm the only person she knows who has five pairs of pink shoes. Is five pairs unreasonable? I've got two pairs of heels, loafers, ballet flats, and sandals. Doesn't everyone need a variety of shoe styles in numerous different colors?
I have shoes in my closet that I haven't worn. On the other hand, I have shoes in my closet that are more than just comfortably worn...but they're still good for a few more wearings.
Oregon has four seasons, so one needs shoes for every season. I can't wear boots in the summer or sandals in the winter. But, how many pairs of sandals is reasonable?
The reason I love the organizing shows is because I know that I walk a fine line. I could so easily find myself buried in stuff. I'm always looking for ways to keep myself in check. The television shows that focus on organizing have given me strategies for helping to reduce my personal clutter.
True confession time...I just counted. I have 102 pairs of shoes in my closets. That probably is too many... especially for someone who spends most days inside wearing slippers! I haven't decided on a reasonable number, but tomorrow I'm going to sort through the shoes. My goal is to toss at least 20 pairs of shoes. That would be 20%, Then again, 80 pairs is still a lot. I'm already getting anxious, worrying about what shoes I can let go. Maybe I should look for a 12 step program, or maybe I'll just wait until Peter Walch knocks on my door .