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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Don't water them, they might mulitiply

If there is one thing in my home that I am always tripping over, pushing out of my way, picking up and cursing at it's the shoes. I am to the point where I hate them. I want to live on a tropical island somewhere and give each one of my children one pair of flip flops and just replace them as they wear out. As it is right now in my home I have slippers, boots, tennis shoes, sunday shoes, flats, vans, high heels, Jons basketball shoes, his work shoes, his outdoor work shoes and his everyday shoes and then there's my shoes...all cluttering up my home. Don't forget that I named what each person has and then times that by 11. I am not sure I can even multiply that high. Shoes are my nemesis.

I have decided that if we ever move I need a large walk in closet in the entryway entirely devoted to shoes. That would be one stinky closet, but at least all those stinky shoes would no longer be under my dining room table, stashed next to the toilet, under the cushions of the couch and in every one's beds. Out of sight out of mind. With some of these things it's the best solution. I would love to be able to walk around my home and not see one pair of shoes.

I will admit that one day when the kids are all gone there are a few things I will NOT miss, and never would. The bickering will be one thing I will happily wave goodbye to, pee under, over and around the toilet (at least my toilet, and be assured I will have my OWN by then), crayons in my dryer and last but not least, all the darn shoes. Those are things I won't miss one darn bit. Maybe I should start a string of blog entry's on the things I will not miss when they are all gone. I often talk about the things I will miss, but what about the things I will not miss? I think in the next few days I will start this project by making a list of things I won't miss and then blogging about each and every one of them. I think I will name my list "Don't let the door hit ya on the way out"...


  1. You are so funny, I love reading your blog. I don't know if this will work with 11 people, but it works for our family and my friend who I got the idea from, oh, and my sister does it too, but we are all small families. Anyway, we have a shoe spot. It's right by the door so when we come in to take off shoe or sandals they just go right there. My sister and friend use big bins, I prefer a shelf. I love it because the shoes are not in the walk ways to be tripped over and they are easier to find.

  2. Don't forget the shoes from the neighbor kids that get left in your yard and in your home. I know when I can't find Ian's in our own shoe basket they are most likely gracing your entryway.

  3. I can totally relate, and you would think with so many shoes you'd be able to find them when you go out, but someone has always lost one.