This may seem like an interesting blog post to some but to any parent who has a child who wears shoes on a consistent basis this will make perfect sense.
My children don’t possess an overabundance of shoes according to American standards. I would say, on average, each kid has five pairs – good pair of tennis shoes, play shoes, church shoes, sandals, and a cheap pair of flip flops for the summer, but that’s still about (give or take) 35 pairs of kid’s shoes laying around. The girls have a few more novelty pairs of shoes I either find for next to nothing at garage sales or second hand stores or which have been passed down from girl to girl over the years.
For four years now this has been my frustrating, daily reality with our shoe situation with seven children –
Messy, trippy, unsafe situation – period. It about makes me about insane having to look at this.
Initially we incorporated this handy dandy shoe holder where each child was instructed to place his or her shoes properly within their designated row of shoe receptacles, working from the oldest child at the top down to the youngest at the bottom.
This concept lasted about a day before the kids went back to their normal messiness.
Enter brilliant idea number two. We would put the shoes left out at the end of the day into the bin, an allowance/chore system I outline in detail in a previous post called Numero Uno System at our house THE BIN – (my siblings can start groaning now…)
It worked, kind of, except our children really needed their shoes for school and church and pretty much wherever we went (no shoes – no service) which led to them having to constantly take them out of the bin, and we were constantly having to write tickets for the shoes removed, which became just wayyyy to much work and mental energy going into shoes.
Two weeks ago we came up with, yet again, a new promising system that has been nothing short of miraculous fourteen days in. It’s known as the shoe tally system.