How do you store your shoes? Are they kicked off in a corner somewhere, scattered under your bed, or piled at the bottom of your closet? Wherever they are, they’re likely not as organized or as contained as you would like them to be. If you were a Sex in the City fan, you know Carrie was a huge shoe-aholic, and she stored her shoes perfectly: each pair was labeled and housed in their own box with a post it describing the contents of box--she had hundreds of pairs--and they were all neat and organized in her tiny apartment closet in Manhattan. Sure that works for TV, but what about real life?
My closet isn’t filled with $700 Loubatins, it’s more like $40 flats from Zappos; and who has time to invest that much effort into organizing shoes, when dinner has to be made, houses need to be cleaned, work needs to get done, and kids need to go to sleep.
The key for us ladies is to keep the shoes from adding clutter to the chaos, and to find the shoes we need when we need them. There are some great storage solutions out there, worth trying--that don’t involve a lot of time or money.
First, the over the door shoe rack. For me at least, this doesn’t work well for every day shoes, but for special occasions and rarely worn shoes, it’s perfect.
Then there's the stand-alone shoe rack: This works better for everyday shoes, and I would suggest keeping it in a place you usually take off your shoes. If you tend to take your shoes off in the kitchen, then don’t put the shoe rack in your bedroom, put it in the closet near the front door or somewhere convenient to you. The most Carrie-like are the clear shoebox bins. If you have the space, these are great. They’re like shoe boxes, but they’re plastic and clear and you can see at a glance what shoes you have.
If you would rather everyone to take their shoes off before getting in the house, give each family member their own bin in the garage or entry way that can fit several pair of shoes. This way, there’s only one place those missing shoes can be when little Janie can’t find her favorite pink sneakers.
How do you keep your shoes organized?