Welcome to day 3 of my series on organization! So this one might seem a little silly but it’s one of those things that easily gets out of control in our home, not kidding!
Before our shoe system was put in place, the kids would leave a trail of clothing, shoes, backpacks, dirty socks and whatever else from the door to the kitchen. Coming up with a shoe storage idea was easy and inexpensive.
Think about it, shoes are usually the last item we put on and the first item we take off. So logically we should keep our shoes by a door. Not to mention if you can get your kids trained to take their shoes off before coming in the house you cut down tremendously on the amount of dirt that gets tracked in on a daily basis.
So follow these simple steps and hopefully you will be on your way to gaining control of the shoe situation.
Gather all your shoes from around the house into one place.
Keep only the pairs you love and wear, donate or toss the ones you don’t.
Ones that you love that need fixing, go fix them.
Designate a spot in your home for your shoes.
Count how many pairs remain and shop for shoe organizers (see below for options)
Shoes that are worn often can be organized separately from your fancy shoes. My going out shoes don’t go near my sneakers. Remember my craigslist closet organizer find? Yes, all my fancy ones still remain in their little cubbies!
Below is my solution to shoes and it remains in the garage. I write the kids names next to their row so they can pick out their own shoes and most importantly put them away!
Kids boots are on the top with my shoes below.
Hmmm….looks like my husband has a shoe fetish!
For those days when we come in through the front door, I have a basket tucked underneath the entry table waiting for shoes to be thrown in.
Fortunately, there are a number of shoe organizers, in different styles, designed to keep your house uncluttered.
Hanging shoe storage from Ikea for $10
Another Ikea shoe organizer for $6
A little nicer one for $50
How about an over the door shoe rack
For $40 you can hold 50 pairs with this shoe rack
Do you have an old beat up bookcase? Instead of throwing it out, use it to store shoes. Better yet, build one!
If money wasn’t an issue (ha ha) take a look at these from Home Decorators.
Use these ideas as a guideline for creating your shoe organization system and you’ll be on your way to a clutter free life! Fingers Crossed.