10.24.2010

TIFFANY WHY ARE YOU POSTING PICTURES OF SHOES ALL THE TIME

Shoes wrap up

First off, today's shoes! Black fake motorcycle boots from New Look in Wigan for 20 pounds (?) in 2006 I think. Pink shoes are unknown label bought at Hillsboro Goodwill for 5.99 to accomodate the massive climate change between Wigan and Hillsboro, worn DAY I MET ALAN WILDER. Flip flops are Old Navy bought in 2009 for about $5.00 for lounging at the Venetian pool, worn yesterday for leaving the house as I still have this damned cold I can't shake.

To answer the shouty subject line, I'm doing this for few reasons, the first is I have a closet full of shoes I never wear. Like ever. I get into the habit of wearing one or two pairs of shoes over and over again while neglecting other pairs. And then I buy new shoes and neglect the last favorite shoes. But then I just can't part with the shoes of yesterday right? When I go through them I think, "ahhh, I'll wear those again." But then I never do.

The shoe closet

See that? That's a closet full of shoes. For reference the dresser next to it is about 4-5 feet high. And that's not even all the shoes. There are shoes under beds, in other closets, in a little hangy shoe organizer thing downstairs and scattered around on the floor. We have a shoe infestation and many are never ever worn.

The second reason is I need to manage my consumerism. I tend to buy things without thinking. Are the things from sustainable sources mostly? Sure they are. I spend a lot of my money and time at Goodwill or other charity shops trying desperately to dull my impact on the environemt. On most days at least one item of clothing I have on is used and sometimes re-fashioned, so I've been mostly successful. It was my lesson on sustainability and seeing what ends up in a lanfill, or the mountainous bales of clothing sent to salvagers for Africa that had me reconsider my purchasing decisions (more about the Teamworks project here.) Doing this also helps me recall why I bought them in the first place and understand my motivations for buying a little better.

The other is I need to stop hoarding. Some day a crew from a cable television show is going to break down my door and unearth treasures and recommend therapy. I come from that "but it's going to be useful someday" mindset. Ideally this project will highlight what I no longer need and encourage me to part with it. The real challenge to do this in 6 months is wearing the stuff that is impractical for work or the weather. I have to grab every opportunity for nice days, or weekends and organize what I wear based off practicality. Today, for example, I'm locked in to a pair that I had earmarked for a work day but it's rainy and miserable. I must protect my feet.

And why the blurry photos? I picked up a new phone a few weeks back and I'm trying to work out the damned camera.

Current shoe count: 8
Bag count: 3 (including commuter bag)

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