My Shoe Problem: SOLVED!

This post is about something particularly near and dear to my heart. Shoes! I’m almost embarrassed to confess that I have over 50 pairs, and that I rarely follow the rule I set for my kids about toys: you can only get a new one if you donate an old one.

It’s taken me years to come up with an organizational system that works for me, so I thought we’d talk about the many options available for dealing with closet floors that disappear beneath a steadily growing pile of shoes.

The right shoe organizers can whip your closet into shape, which will also protect your special footwear from damage. Which of us busy moms haven’t scrambled to find the right shoes to find the pair that complements your outfit? You’ll save precious time and prevent needless frustration every single day.

A good place to start your shoe organization quest is to think about the best, most convenient way to store your footwear. Personally, I suggest sorting shoes by color, but you might prefer organizing seasonally, or by activity. Just make sure that your go-to shoes are easiest to access.

It’s also a good idea to spend some time on inventory. Count how many pairs of shoes you own. Are any pairs looking a little past their prime? This is a great time to clean house. It’s never easy to part with a pair of shoes (I know!!), but think about how much room you’ll be making for a darling new pair of flats to wear to the office.

If your closet is too small to store all of your shoes, consider divvying them up by season (just like you might with your summer and winter clothing), storing the off-season shoes elsewhere, and keeping the current season shoes in your closet.

Here are just some examples of shoe storage organizers that you may want to consider:

  • Over the Door Shoe Racks: Some styles hold 18 to 26 pair of shoes!
  • Clear Plastic Shoe & Boot Boxes: Stackable boxes that are ideal for moderate shoe collections and are transparent for quick viewing and easy shoe access.
  • Tilt-Out Shoe OrganizerThese standing canvas organizer have tilting doors to space and tuck your shoes away neatly.
  • Hanging Shoe Organizer: Hang one of these conveniently on your closet rod; they’re great for storing sweaters, too!
  • Revolving Shoe Trees: I like to keep one of these by the back door to keep our family’s “everyday” shoes at the ready.
  • Underbed Shoe Chest: If you have room under the bed, this is a great solution to hold up to 16 pairs of shoes

So, now that you have a better understanding of your shoe organization options, go ahead and roll up your sleeves and get started.  I know it takes real courage for a shoe lover to implement a solid organization system – especially if it means sifting through a giant collection and getting rid of a few pairs.  But this is one of those home organization projects you take on for yourself, and no one else!

3 Responses to “My Shoe Problem: SOLVED!”

  1. Danielle says:

    I’m glad to not be the only person with more than two dozen pairs of shoes.
    I’m going to try some of these ideas. I also like putting photos on the box.

  2. GOBLOG says:

    Putting photos on boxes is a GREAT idea, especially when you’re not using see-through ones. I love Polaroids for keeping the rest of my closet organized, too!

  3. Jacquie Ross, CastAway the Clutter! says:

    Organizing seasonally is a great tip. You want to have easy access to the shoes you’re wearing now. Whichever system you decide on, make sure it makes sense to you. Does it need to be visual or will you still remember you have them if they’re stored underneath the bed? For some people, underbed storage might be the solution for storing off-season shoes.

    Also the best time to go through your shoes is at the end of the season. Then you can see what you’ve not worn and are unlikely to wear again. If you love shoes, remember you’re probably going to buy more, so go ahead and purge!

    Jacquie Ross
    CastAway the Clutter!

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