Tasha @HippieandSparky

Hi there! We're Tasha & Jonathan, the creative married duo behind Hippie and Sparky. We met & fell in love online & we aim to have our readers fall in love with our lifestyle blog. Join us as we share the sparks to a Happy {DIY} Home, Healthy Body & a Hippie Life.

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11 Easy Tips To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

11 Easy Tips To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

11 Easy Tips To Make Your Clothes Last Longer

Celebrate Earth Day with these 11 easy tips to make your clothes last longer & to keep unnecessary textiles out of the landfills. Making your clothes last longer is also the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck. Discover which clothing items to hang-dry, how to get rid of clothing pills & fuzz, how to avoid makeup smudges on clothes; ideas to repurpose your clothes & why you should switch to natural laundry products. 

What you’ll need to make your clothes last longer:

practical and easy tips to make your clothes last longer

TIP #1 – HOW TO PROTECT CLOTHES WITH EMBELLISHMENTS

Protect your embellished clothing by hanging it up to dry. Anything with rhinestones, sequins, studs or unique buttons should never be placed in the dryer.

The high heat from the dryer & a load of wet clothes can easily damage the unique & delicate features on your clothing. 

**This is the only time that I use plastic non-slip hangers, because velvet hangers aren’t meant for wet clothing. 

clothing you should hang dry

TIP #2 – MAKE YOUR UNDERWEAR LAST LONGER

Let’s get personal & chat about underwear. I wash them as normal, but I hang them to dry. I’ve done this for years & have definitely noticed a huge difference.

Hanging them up to dry keeps the elastic band from getting stretched out. It’s also a great tip for underwear with delicate details. 

TIP #3 – HOW TO MAKE YOUR BRAS LAST LONGER

Don’t have patience to hand-wash your bras? Same. My laundry room doesn’t have a sink, so it’s not convenient for me to hand-wash them. 

I toss my bras into a bra cage before tossing them into the washer. This prevents bras from getting tangled around clothes or digging the bra hooks into other clothing.  Bras are another clothing item that should be hung to dry.  

TIP #4 – HOW TO PREVENT MAKEUP SMUDGES

Don’t want to get makeup smudges on your clothes? Try this easy solution.

Place a shower cap over your face, as if it were a Halloween mask. Yes, you’ll look silly for 2.5 seconds, but your clothing won’t have makeup smudges.

TIP #5 – HOW-TO DE-FUZZ & DE-PILL YOUR CLOTHING

Invest in a fabric shaver! Not only is this a powerful tip to keep your clothes lasting longer, it’s also really gratifying.

Fabric shavers are so powerful at preventing your clothes from looking ragged & worn. With little effort, you can easily de-pill your clothing.  

de-pill clothes

When this 5-year old, $5.00 thrift store dress started pilling, my fabric shaver made it look as good as new.

BONUS: If I ever get tired of this dress, I can repurpose the fabric into a unique color-block pillow. Here’s a great tutorial for how to repurpose clothing into pillows.

TIP #6 – DON’T WASH YOUR CLOTHES WITH TOXIC DETERGENT

Don’t destroy your clothes by using toxic laundry products. Conventional {aka toxic} laundry detergents contain harsh chemicals that are abrasive to clothing.

Show your clothes some love & swap your chemicals for natural alternatives. Your clothes will thank you.

TIP #7 – REMOVE STAINS WITHOUT HARSH CHEMICALS

I use & love this stain & odor remover, because it’s as effective as its “toxic counterpart.”

Stain Removal Tips

♦ The sooner you can treat the stains, the better the outcome.

♦ Wash in cold water. If you wash it in hot water, the hot water will “set” the stain deep into the fibers.

♦  If the stain is still present, either re-treat & wash OR hang to dry, until you’re ready to wash another load of clothes again. 

TIP #8 – NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS IN THE WASHER OR DRYER

This tip is going to piss off a lot of know-it-all-mommy-bloggers & MLM scammy sellers, but you need to know this!

  • Do NOT use essential oils in a homemade laundry detergent recipe;
  • Do NOT place drops directly into your washing machine;
  • & definitely do NOT place essential oil drops onto dryer balls. 

Trust me, I tried all of the methods above, & with every method I tried, oil-stained clothing was the result.  

TIP #9 – PROTECT YOUR CLOTHES WHEN COOKING

Coconut oil can be pretty damn difficult to lift from clothing. Don’t forget to wear your aprons when you’re cooking & baking! 

super hero kitchen aprons

We don’t take ourselves too seriously, so we have super hero kitchen aprons. Marriage goals, huh? 🙂

TIP #10 – HOW TO REPURPOSE, UPCYCLE & REUSE YOUR CLOTHES

Repurposing your clothes & finding another use for them is the best way to make them last longer. 

  • Super soft t-shirts that no I longer like to wear outside of the house become PJ sleep shirts.
  • Clothes that still fit but are worn/stained become DIY project clothes. I organize my DIY project clothes in a large fabric storage bin. 

ideas to repurpose your clothes

TIP #11 – WHY YOU SHOULD REMOVE THE DRY CLEANING BAG

If you absolutely, positively have to take clothing to the dry cleaner’s, remove the plastic bag as soon as you get home. Storing clothing with the plastic bag is likely to cause the clothing to yellow. 

The low-down on organic dry cleaners…

  • By the way, if you’re curious, Organic Dry Cleaning doesn’t really mean anything & it would be appropriate to call most of them “green-washers.” Just as with cosmetics, there isn’t any standard a company has to meet in order to use the terms “green” “all-natural” or “organic.”
    • Just do your research on organic dry cleaners. You shouldn’t pay a premium price for a service that isn’t actually organic. 
  • Green Alternatives to Dry-Cleaning 
BENEFITS TO MAKING YOUR CLOTHES LAST LONGER

These 11 easy tips to make your clothes last longer really help prolong the life of your clothes. It’s a win-win. You save money keeping your clothes looking newer longer. The environment also wins because your keeping less textiles from clogging up landfills.  

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practical and easy tips to make your clothes last longer

 

  • P.S. – You can buy & sell your clothes with ThredUp to save even more money & to save the environment at the same time. Happy second-hand shopping! 🙂 

HAPPY EARTH DAY! 

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

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7 Thrift Shopping Secrets To Master From A ReStore Shopper

7 Thrift Shopping Secrets To Master From A ReStore Shopper

7 Thrift Shopping Secrets To Master From A ReStore Shopper

Save money & make money shopping second-hand furniture with these 7 thrift shopping secrets. Want to know our best-kept-secret for buying used furniture? 4 words… Habitat for Humanity ReStores. Mind blown? Discover these thrift shopping tips, tricks, hacks & secrets to find the best thrifted furniture. 

Our favorite thrifted furniture from ReStores is our vintage desk that we transformed into a media center; a vintage mirror that we gave a bold makeover & our newest favorite is a piece of art that we’re planning to update.  

thrift shopping secrets for habitat for humanity restores

#1. DON’T JUDGE ALL RESTORES BY JUST 1 STORE

This is the most important thrift shopping secrets to master if you’re shopping at ReStores. We’ve been to 7 of the ReStores in our area & each one is uniquely different from the other. ReStores are like snow flakes, no two are the same. 

How do the stores differ from one another? 

Some stores offer sales based on the color of the price tag, while other stores do not offer sales. 

thrift shopping secrets at the restore

Same but different – while all of the inventory of ReStores are directly related to the donations each store receives, no two ReStores will have the same exact donations. 

habitat for humanity restore thrifty shopping secrets

Each store has their own “system” for pricing items. In the same day, we found 2 antique ice boxes at 2 different ReStores priced differently. While one store priced theirs for $50.00, the ice box at the other store was $60.00. 

thrifty shopping tips for Habitat ReStore

#2. MAKE A TRIGGER DECISION

If you see something you absolutely love, don’t hesitate to purchase it on the spot. This can be the most difficult of the thrift shopping secrets to master if you’re naturally indecisive {like me!}… so drag along a thrift shopping buddy! 

Ask an associate to temporarily “store” the piece near the counter, so you can purchase it after perusing the entire store. 

the hardest of the thrift shopping secrets to master

Habitat for Humanity ReStores have a high turnover of inventory, so what’s there today, may be gone tomorrow. For the majority of the ReStores in the NoVa area, their turnover is so high that the entire store may look different in just a few weeks time. So don’t dilly-dally, make a trigger decision & claim your second-hand furniture!

formal dining set at habitat restore

#3. ASK QUESTIONS

This seems like a no-brainer, but if you see something you love without a price tag, ask an associate! OR… if you’re an introvert like me, make your husband ask. 🙂 Haha! When my eye caught this uniquely-shaped mirror without a tag, I persuaded my hubby to ask for the price. 

habitat restore vintage mirror

I would add a caveat here: The ReStores are a fantastic organization that provide the capital {money} to further their affordable housing mission for those in need, so please think twice before price-haggling & don’t be an asshole. 

cabinets and small nightstands at restores

#4. INVESTIGATE THE INTERIOR

You never know what’s in the inside of furniture pieces, until you investigate. Open up the doors, lids, drawers & cabinets to fully inspect before purchasing. For some vintage furniture pieces, it’s hard to judge what the interior looks like by the looks of the exterior.   

inspect vintage furniture

 

#5. LOOK FOR “FURNITURE TATTOOS”

You can call them Maker’s Marks, but I much prefer the term “Furniture Tattoos.” The furniture tattoos are likely to be either inside of a drawer, on the back or the bottom of furniture, or on the inside lid of a hope chest. 

search for a makers mark or a furniture tattoo

If I’m interested in a piece of furniture, I buy it regardless if it has a furniture tattoo or not.

What are furniture tattoos good for?

This is the easiest & most interesting of the thrift shopping secrets! You can determine when it was manufactured, where it originated from, how old it is & even the materials used in the production of the piece!  

#6. HAVE A MENTAL LIST OF THE UNIQUE FEATURES YOU WANT YOUR FURNITURE TO HAVE

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are usually bursting at the seams with inventory. Instead of getting overwhelmed with the huge selection, know exactly what unique features you’d love your furniture to possess.

awesome vintage marble and claw foot furniture

Here are a few features to spark your mental list: claw feet; marble; unique hardware; Mid-Century Modern; Bombé; Waterfall; Burl Wood; Industrial, etc. 

Mini History & Rant about Bombé

  • In this context, Bombé refers to a style of furniture that originated in 17th Century France.
  • In America, this style of furniture also goes by the spelling “Bombay.” {Although the spelling differs, the pronunciation remains the same.}
  • I prefer to use the French spelling, Bombé … as “Bombay” refers to a mass-produced furniture company with shitty quality. Why would anyone pay thousands for a piece of furniture that’s made of particle board? 

MCM waterfall and lion head hardware

#7. BE IN THE KNOW

Do a quick Google or Facebook search or ask a ReStore associate if their ReStore has a Facebook page that they update regularly. Most in our area do not, but a few do! Aside from volunteering at the store, following your local ReStore on Facebook is the best way to know about the new cool stuff hitting the sales floor. 

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habitat for humanity restores

DONATE, SHOP & SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RESTORES!

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

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Bright & Cheery Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Bright & Cheery Thrift Store Mirror Makeover

Bright & Cheery Thrift Store Makeover

Who the hell can say “no” to a thrift store find? At a bargain price of $5.00, I was dreaming of DIY plans for a bold thrift store mirror makeover.

I just have this thing with mirrors. Yes, Habitat for Humanity ReStores are a great place to source thrift store home decor. 

habitat for humanity mirror makeover

PAINT PREP BEFORE THRIFT STORE MIRROR MAKEOVER 

The ideal paint prep would be to remove the frame from the mirror. But… just like a few other mirror makeovers we’ve conquered, this mirror frame was glued to the mirror.

When obstacles present themselves; adapt & overcome.

If you can’t remove the frame, computer paper & painter’s tape works wonders. Shimmy the computer paper between the mirror & the frame & secure the paper from sliding around with tape. 

how to paint a mirror when the frame is glued on

SUPPLIES USED:

bold thrift store mirror makeover

FIX THE IMPERFECTIONS WITH WOOD FILLER

Wood filler is a staple in our DIY stash. You buy it once & you can use it over & over & over again.

The sides of our thrifted mirror had deep gouges & the bottom of the frame looked like a cat used it as a scratching post.

No bueno … but no problem, it’s a quick & easy fix. 

how to fix a wood mirror frame

WOOD FILLER TIPS: 

  1. Not planning on painting after using wood filler?
    • Match the shade of the wood filler to your project, as closely as possible. 
  2. Painting after using wood filler?
    • You don’t have to match the wood filler to your project.
    • We’ve used “non-matching” wood filler with this vintage desk & vintage radio makeover {to name a few} & have never had any problems with the finished product
      • {e.g. – there’s not a visible demarcation where we used “non-matching” wood filler.} 
  3. Repurposed stoneware scrapers work very well to help apply wood filler into nooks & crannies. 
  4. Apply thin layers until you reach your desired build-up. 
  5. Lightly sand each layer once it has dried. 

BOLD CHALK PAINT THRIFT STORE MIRROR MAKEOVER  

What better time to try out a new brand of chalk paint than with a small-scale project? I could have used paint from our DIY stash, but… 

chalk painted thrift store mirror makeover

We wanted to go BOLD, BRIGHT & CHEERY for this thrift store mirror makeover. I chose Victorian Vintage brand of chalk paint {from this eBay store} in the color English Yellow.  

thrift store mirror makeover with chalk paint

MIRROR PAINTING TIPS:

  1. Saw horses are a freaking life saver & made painting this thrift store mirror a hell of a lot easier. 
  2. Don’t judge the paint by the first coat {or the second coat with chalk paint.} The first coat always look shitty, no matter what. 
  3. In-between paint coats, turn the paint up-side down, so you don’t have to waste time re-stirring it. 
  4. Store your foam brushes in a sealed snack bag, to prevent them from drying out. 

chalk painting tips

 

BRIGHT & CHEERY MIRROR ON THE WALL, WHO HAS THE BEST THRIFT STORE MIRROR MAKEOVER OF THEM ALL? 

4 coats of English Yellow chalk paint & $12.75 later, I reached my desired aesthetic for my thrift store mirror makeover.

In a perfect world, we would have painted the “underside” of the frame that’s visible in the mirror’s reflection. But… 

bright and cheery thrift store mirror makeover

Shit doesn’t always shake out the way you planned. No big deal, because from afar, you wouldn’t be any wiser to the imperfection.  

To protect the newly painted thrift store mirror, we applied 2 thin coats of this wax top coat

habitat for humanity restore mirror makeover

Our eclectic living room is the perfect home for this bright & cheery thrift store mirror makeover. It complements our gorgeous blackout bold blue & white medallion curtains & our Asian-motif mirror… a thrift store makeover from ages ago. 

how to decorate a living room with mirrors and art

THRIFT STORE HOME DECOR TIPS:
  1. Don’t forget to check out your local Habitat for Humanity ReStores when you’re on the hunt for thrift store home decor. 
  2. Challenge yourself to go outside your “decor comfort zone” & go bold with a “small-scale” piece of home decor. 

Until the next thrifty makeover, 

BE BOLD, BRIGHT, CHEERY & THRIFTY!

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

 

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce {Freezer-Friendly}

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce {Freezer-Friendly}

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce {Freezer-Friendly}

This slow cooker spaghetti sauce was the result of one of our recipe experiments last year. It’s chunky, full of flavor, freezes & re-heats well & is a huge time saver for busy nights. We’ve perfected this spaghetti sauce recipe with the right amount of tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, organic seasonings & a ton of garlic.

Without fail, we make this “sketty sauce” every month on our bulk freezing cooking days. Yes, in our house, it’s “sketty sauce” & not “spaghetti sauce.”  

SLOW COOKER SPAGHETTI SAUCE … FOR THE FREEZER

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, because it’s a “cook once & have several “free dinners.” What the hell does that mean? Pick one day during the month for a freezer cooking day, so that you can give yourself several dinners during the month that are free of any major preparation. Our make-ahead gluten-free lasagna is another great freezer cooking recipe. 

gluten-free slow cooker spaghetti sauce

THE BENEFITS OF FREEZER COOKING

Aside from saving a shit load of time that would otherwise be spent in the kitchen, freezer cooking saved us a shit ton of money last year. How? The majority of our freezer meals are pre-cooked, so it’s just a matter of pulling it out of the freezer, de-frosting it & re-heating it. Every time we eat a freezer meal, it saves us $50-$60 that would have been spent on take-out. **We also save a bunch of money by shopping Thrive Market for the quinoa pasta & organic spices.**

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce {Freezer-Friendly}

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 hours

Total Time: 10 hours, 15 minutes

This spaghetti sauce is an easy "from scratch" recipe that's easy to freeze.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef OR ground sirloin {seasoned to your liking}
  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 3 {14.5 oz.} cans organic diced tomatoes
  • 3 {14.5 oz.} cans organic tomato sauce
  • 1 T. dried oregano
  • 1 T. dried basil
  • 6 cloves garlic {more, less OR omit to accommodate taste}
  • Coconut palm sugar {optional - if you need to cut the acidity, you can add a teaspoon or so}

Instructions

  1. Heat EVO in a skillet on med-high heat.
  2. Brown the ground beef, garlic cloves & onion together. {Season the beef to your liking - we add generous amounts of organic garlic powder, organic onion powder & fresh ground black pepper.}
  3. After the beef is browned {& there's no more pink}, drain-off the grease.
  4. Add the browned beef to your slow cooker, along with the canned tomato products & seasonings.
  5. I set my crock pot to "10 hours" ... but I usually allow it to simmer on "warm" for an additional 2 hours. {Personally, I find that the longer it cooks, the less acidic it is.}
  6. Cool & freeze in a glass container.
  7. TO EAT: Thaw in the refrigerator the night before dinner & re-heat on the stove. Enjoy with gluten-free quinoa pasta & freshly shredded parm cheese.
  8. IN A HURRY?: De-frost in the microwave for 3 minutes {just enough time to loosen the sauce from the glass container} & re-heat on the stove.
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WHY ORGANIC SPICES & HERBS IN THE SKETTY SAUCE? 

You may be wondering why we use only organic herbs & spices in our recipes. We actually made the decision 2 years ago to replace our entire spice cabinet with the organic versions, one-by-one. As soon as we ran out of a conventional spice, we replaced it with its organic version. Yes, the organic versions are more expensive, but it is so worth it! Why? Because you can actually smell & taste the difference! 

SLOW COOKER SPAGHETTI SAUCE- STEP-BY-STEP

Step One: Heat 2 Tablespoons of EVO in a skillet on med-high heat. Brown the beef, onion & garlic gloves. You can season the beef to your liking. We usually add generous amounts of organic garlic powder, organic onion powder & freshly ground black pepper. After the beef is browned, strain off the excess fat/grease. 

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce | browning the beef

Step Two: Add all ingredients to your slow cooker & set it to 10 hours. 

  • Browned beef, onion & garlic cloves
  • Canned organic diced tomatoes;
  • Canned organic tomato sauce;
  • 1 Tablespoon of dried organic basil;
  • 1 Tablespoon of dried organic oregano.

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce | gluten-free & sugar-free

 EATING, FREEZING & RE-HEATING

To freeze, allow the spaghetti sauce to cool down in a glass container before freezing. Thaw it in the refrigerator overnight {before dinner} & re-heat on the stove. In a hurry? We quick-thaw ours by defrosting it in the microwave for 3 minutes, just until the sauce is loosened from the container, so we can re-heat it on the stove. Enjoy it with gluten-free quinoa pasta & freshly shredded Parmesan cheese. 

gluten-free slow cooker spaghetti sauce with quinoa pasta and parm cheese

ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE? 

Don’t take my word for it, take the organic herb challenge! Over the next few months, as you run out of conventional spices, replace them with their organic versions. Instead of smelling & eating flavorless dust from the conventional versions, you’ll be able to smell & taste the actual herb. 

gluten-free slow cooker spaghetti sauce

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GOOD EATS! 

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

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4 Shoe Storage Solutions: How To Organize Shoes In A Small Space

4 Shoe Storage Solutions: How To Organize Shoes In A Small Space

4 Shoe Storage Solutions: How To Organize Shoes In A Small Space

Do you have too many shoes & not enough space to store them? There could be worse problems to have than not enough shoe storage; nevertheless, these 4 clever & inexpensive shoe storage ideas are the solutions! These space-efficient shoe storage ideas solve how-to store tall boots, flip flops, flats & even off-season shoes. Even though my hubby created a built-in shoe closet for me, it was no match for my mass quantities of shoes! 

DO THIS STEP BEFORE ORGANIZING YOUR SHOES

The first step to organizing & storing shoes has nothing to do with organizers, but everything to do with mindset. Be ruthless & purge shoes that you don’t love 100%; are incredibly uncomfortable; or no longer fit your image. Discover how many pairs of my shoes didn’t “make the cut” last year & several ideas to make money from your purged shoes.   

Give a girl the right shoes & she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe 

shoe storage ideas | how to purge shoes | tips on selling shoes

Once you master this step, you’ll save so much time on your DIY shoe storage ideas. There’s no need to waste space keeping & storing shoes you don’t love 100%. If you need a bit of encouragement, just remember that keeping clothes & shoes that you don’t love 100% contributes to this statement: “I have nothing to wear.”  

OUT OF SIGHT SHOE STORAGE – ITEMS YOU NEED: 

SHOE STORAGE IDEAS FOR FLATS & FLIP-FLOPS 

If you can’t find a matching pair of shoes in a mountainous pile of unorganized shoes, how will you ever be able to conquer the world, let alone get out the front door?

shoe storage ideas for flip flops and flats in small spaces

Choose un-matching baskets for an effortless, carefree & eclectic aesthetic.

The best “tool” for storing & organizing flats, flip flops & slippers are large baskets! I highly recommend using large baskets. Two Words: Functional Décor. 

store flip flops, sandals and slippers in a large basket

Storing shoes in a basket makes it super easy to get ready in the mornings when you can see all of your shoes at a quick glance.

I’ve been using this shoe storage method for almost 10 years! They also fit nicely under our Craiglist bench that we transformed into a “million-dollar bench” on a budget. 🙂 

the best way to store flats and ballerina shoes

Stack your flats together instead of haphazardly stacking them… it makes life so much easier.

  • PRO TIPS:
    • Grab an e-coupon & source Michael’s or Hobby Lobby for some of the best deals on large storage baskets.
    • I purchased both of mine at Michael’s for less than $10.00 each… & almost 10 years later, these “el cheapo” baskets have held-up nicely. 

SHOE STORAGE IDEAS FOR TALL BOOTS

The problem with storing tall boots & over the knee boots is that they take up a lot of space. While some boot legs can be folded down to take-up less space, most boots are made with an un-fold-able material {leather}.  

how to store tall boots

Yes, I own a pair of fugly Uggs…. they’re incredibly comfortable!

The best storage solution for tall boots is to use an over-the-door shoe rack & lay a pair of boots on each rack. I hang my over-the-door boot rack over my walk-in closet door, so it’s out of sight unless the closet door is opened.

P.S. – Jonathan, in case you’re reading this, there’s an open shelf for another pair of boots on this over-the-door shoe rack. {Hint, hint} Love, -T. 

SHOE STORAGE IDEAS FOR OFF-SEASON SHOES

Let’s be real – the less choices you have, the less stressful it is to get dressed. Make your life easier & remove off-season shoes from your built-in shoe closet & store them separately. Because are you really going to wear your summer wedges in 2 inches of snow? 

Isaac Mizrahi black and white polka dot large storage bin with a lid

If it looks beat-up, that’s because it is! I’ve had this storage bin for almost 10 years!

Okay, so I used to use 2 different storage bins for my off-season shoes. I used this large black & white polka dot bin with a lid from Isaac Mizrahi & placed it on a top shelf in my reach-in clothes closet.

best organizer bin to store off-season shoes

Isn’t the bright pink interior so much fun? This large storage bin was a total bargain from Gabriel’s aka Gabriel Brother’s.

However… I followed my own “100% love mindset” & purged a ton of shoes last year! I donated 9 pairs of shoes to Goodwill & sold another 9 pairs of shoes between eBay, ThredUp & a local consignment store.  

“Shoes must have very high heels & platforms to put women’s beauty on a pedestal.” – Vivienne Westwood 

  • PRO TIPS – BUYING & SELLING SHOES:
    • If you’re frugal, thrifty & purchase your shoes with an ROI in mind, you can definitely make back what you paid for your shoes + more when you purge them. 
    • For example, I recently sold a pair of BCBG leather & sequin high heels via ThredUp & made back what I spent on those shoes 5 years ago! {Use my ThredUp referral link to save money on shopping for shoes & to order a free clean-out bag to make money off of your purged shoes. 
    • If you donate your shoes, ask for a tax receipt. Dependent upon your situation, you may/may not be able to deduct this donation from your realized income. 
under the bed shoe storage bin with a see through lid

This is hands-down my FAVORITE storage bin for shoes.

So… after purging all of those shoes, I now only need to use 1 storage bin for my off-season shoes. I love this storage better than the Isaac Mizrahi one, because it has a see-through zippered “lid” & it can either fit under my bed OR I can stack it behind clothes in my walk-in closet. 

“If your hair is done properly & you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything.” – Iris Apfel

 PROBLEMS SOLVED WITH SHOE STORAGE IDEAS 

These shoe storage ideas work, because they are so simple, yet also practical. I love these shoe storage ideas, because they keep your shoe clutter out-of-sight in your bedroom. As with any organizing task you conquer, purging is the very first step. Remember to practice the “100% love mindset” before organizing & storing your shoes. In closing, I’ll leave you with a quote from the actress Amy Adams. 

“I like Cinderella, I really do. She has a good work ethic. & she likes shoes. The fairy tale is all about the shoe at the end.”

Cheers to Shoe Storage Ideas That Would Make Fairy Tales Envious! 

LOVE, PEACE & HAPPINESS, 

HIPPIE & SPARKY

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