How To Organize Your Shoe Collection

by Rachel Laurendeau on July 18, 2012

I will admit it: I have a serious shoe addiction. Flats, heels, sandals, boots, you name it, I’ve got them. More than one pair of each, to be clear. And what is a woman to do with all that footwear when she isn’t wearing it? Tuck it all away neatly and in a well-organized manner, of course!

Racks – The most obvious options for keeping your shoes organized and tidy are shoe racks, which can be purchased in a number of different types of materials, colors and styles. If you’re handy and like DIY projects, you could even build yourself a customized shoe rack to suit your collection. The racks can be placed in closets, mudrooms, under the stairs or anywhere that you have the space.

Shelves – Instead of racks, you could use shelving installed at various heights for different types of footwear, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to lay your tall boots on their side because the shelves aren’t spaced correctly. And why waste precious closet space on tall shelves for sandals?

Closed Storage – Some people like to keep their shoes in their original boxes, baskets or special shoe-sized totes. This poses two problems for me. For starters, I would have to rummage through the baskets every time I was trying to choose what to wear and secondly, I like to see my shoes. They are my one splurge item and I think of many of them as little works of art that I want to be able to look at, not cover up in a storage container. On the more practical side, if you are keeping your shoes in closed storage, you can snap a picture and tape it to the side of the box to help your find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.

Shoe Closet – I personally don’t like having my shoes in the same closet as my clothing. It just seems odd to me have shoes that are worn on the dirty street in the closet with my clean clothes and like it or not, shoes do get a little smelly, too. If I had an enormous house, I would have a closet just for my shoes. In fact, I would have my general contractor come in and build a special, custom closet for my shoes!

For more information on creating the perfect shoe storage for your collection, talk to your local home improvement expert who can help you choose just the right option for your home.

If you enjoyed reading this blog post, you may also want to read Entryway Organization.

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