One of the best bits about unpacking and sorting boxes of stuff is rediscovering all the stuff you already have. It's like a shopping bonanza without spending any money. However, it also slows down the task somewhat, as you think a little about each thing you pull out of the cardboard boxes.
As you can see, I quite like shoes and am trying to find a place to put them in the new house...
However many times I have a clearout I can never bring myself to throw shoes away, so I end up keeping them for years. For me shoes - especially the really impractical but gorgeous ones - spark memories.
...The day I wore those sparkly flipflops on the beach in Brazil when I first tried surfing
...The night I wore the really high silver heels with a long tangerine dress and danced until dawn with my man
...Even the slippers I wore to climb the Great Wall of China back when I was 19, having rushed out of our Beijing hostel in a sleepy daze to catch the 5am bus, forgetting to actually put on a pair of proper shoes
You can see why it takes me a long time to unpack!
What do your favourite shoes remind you of?
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