• Nancy

The Cure for Kids' Shoes Amnesia

Most of us parents have been here: you're running errands, maybe getting some groceries at Costco and you see a great price on kids shoes. You know your kids need about 20 pairs at all times: outdoor, indoor and gym sneakers. Then there's the Crocs, rain boots, snow boots, swim shoes, dress shoes, slippers! You ask yourself: "Did I buy three pairs of size 12s last month, or were they size 11s? Did I buy Crocs last year when they were on sale?" You have a case of kids' shoes amnesia. This used to happen to me at least once a month. I think I have finally found a five-step cure.

Step 1: A shoe inventory. Gather all your kids shoes in one place. Yes, all of them.

Step 2: Put the shoes that they currently aren't wearing in a labeled hanging shoe organizer, or maybe two. Maybe you use one hanger for shoes and one for boots. If you don't have the closet space a shoe hanger, you'll have to be more creative. One option might be to use clear totes and stack them. There's lots of ideas out there, so don't get discouraged if one doesn't come to you right away. Take a quick look at Pinterest for some inspiration.

Step 3: Label each shoe slot or container.

Step 4: Take a picture of the whole thing.

Step 5: Create a folder in your phone picture folder called "shoes" and put the picture in it.

And there you have it, you're cured! The next time you have shoe amnesia, you just have to pull out your phone. Of course, each time you purchase a new pair of shoes, you'll have to take a new picture. But taking a picture takes far less time than making a trip back to the store to return shoes your kids don't need.

If you try this cure, let me know how it works for you!