While filming for "Hoarders" this week, it was an interesting collection we were sorting through. An entire home filled with building materials, tools, ladders, motors, etc. This was a working mans hoard so to find THOUSANDS of pairs of shoes in the mix, that was a little odd.
Come to find out it was a closed shoe repair business. What was sad is that after 9 years of being stored in Hefty trash bags the shoes were destroyed, mostly from mold. These are shoes that could have been donated to so many needy people throughout the world, yet only about 50 pairs were usable.
When our clutter exceeds our needs, it is wasteful. If we are not going to use it, why is taking up our valuable space? These shoes filled almost an entire room in the house and when removed for disposal filled up half a dump truck! We can't let "stuff" build to the point it will never be seen or used, and when it gets unburied, it is to the point of disrepair.
So with that being said, todays task is an easy one...shoes! Go to your closets, look through the piles and collect your shoes. Pick out the ones you will honestly wear and donate the rest. If you can't find a shoes mate, toss it. No excuses on this one for why you should keep just one shoe, or why you should keep shoes you never wear. Donate the shoes to those less fortunate.
Visit Soles4Soules, an incredible shoe charity, and find a drop off location near you. If there isn't one, donate to your local charity. Good luck everyone and have a great weekend! I am off to clean the hoard now :)