I had to say goodbye to Michael. Not my dad Michael but to Michael Kors. We had a great relationship. At least my feet did. With his shoes. I actually have to plead ignorance because I was oblivious to his brand popularity until a co-worker from New York gushed over my metallic gold sneakers which I got as a steal of 10 shekels ($2.75) second-hand. Now I’ve KonMari’d my MKs. Why?
My body is approaching the end of its fourth decade though I’ve been told I don’t look my chronological age. I realize occasional aches and pains are par for the course but when they become chronic it is time to investigate. Based on my symptoms, I was pointed in the direction of an orthopedic foot specialist who informed me I needed orthotics. Now I can share a bonding experience with the other Michael (my dad) over orthotics, as he wears them, too. I digress…
The store called yesterday to say my orthotics were ready. Unfortunately the shoes I showed up in were not shaped to accommodate them. I’m no Imelda Marcos meaning my shoe collection is less than eight pairs of shoes (I know-gasp! but I am a minimalist when it comes to shoes). I knew if these shoes weren’t going to work I was going to have to pare down (no pun intended) my other shoes as well. This downsizing event would include the gold MKs.
Internationally famous Japanese organizer Marie Kondo says we should thank items for their service before passing them on. It sounds cheesy yet does cultivate an attitude of gratitude. That said I can appreciate how my MKs dressed up an outfit, protected my feet, and didn’t break the bank when I bought them. Since my orthotics will not fit into my MKs and I want happy feet (no reference to penguins or current cold temps in North America) to keep them would be clutter.
Clients are more ruthless in downsizing with the understanding their things will be given to charitable organizations or individuals that benefit, as parting with things can be difficult. Item removal and re-homing is a unique service I provide to my clients so the only decision they need to make with an item is to keep it or give it away. If keeping, we organize it. If giving away, I find items new home. In this spirit, I know my MKs will go to a new lucky owner while I enjoy my new orthotic-accommodating shoes.
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January 29, 2019