It is Christmas Eve. As usual, you have waited until the last minute to do your shopping. The store is closing and you are down to the last couple of distant relatives on your list. You have just about exhausted your imagination and your budget. In a moment of sheer desperation you succumb to grabbing a pair of Dearfoams to take to the cash register, feeling a momentary twinge of remorse for selecting the lowest common denominator of holiday gifts. The feeling vanishes the moment you are out in the parking lot, thankful that this ordeal will not come to pass for another year. Undoubtedly, the identical scenario is repeated across the nation by thousands of weary shoppers every holiday season, thus accounting for the abundance of bedroom slippers over-populating the closet floors of North America.
There are millions of women who can simply not resist a pair or 6 inch pumps or a well formed pair of leather riding boots. Their footwear receive the kind of care and attention some men reserve for sports cars or expensive motorcycles; meaning that they are stored in hermetically sealed environments and are never taken out in bad weather. Slippers, however, are often subjected to abuse and neglect. They often end up separated from their mates and remain under the bed for decades. Slippers double as chew toys for dogs. When they age, they get worn outside for chores like putting out the garbage. What started out a delicate pink soon takes on the hues of army fatigues.
Perhaps it is because we work predominately with older people, but in some homes we find upwards of 10 or 15 pairs of slippers. Some have matching robes. The majority encompass random styles from the hardly worn to the threadbare. In these cases, a measure of editing would be most welcome.
If you are among the recipients of countless pairs of slipper gifts, then this challenge will come as some relief. Slippers can be donated provided they meet hygiene requirements. You can begin to separate the CRUD (Completely Ridiculous Useless Debris) slippers from those you admire. Toss any that sport teeth marks, holes in the uppers or soles or even if they started out as pastels have transformed into any one of fifty shades of grey. Next eliminate any pairs designed to resemble small furry animals (bunnies, puppies, et al). Remember that you are a grown-up. If you have other pairs still lurking around that you seldom wear, why not re-purpose them as slippers for your guests that you keep by your front door. Your white carpets will be extremely grateful.