Shoe Organizing Ideas
Every woman loves shoes. In fact, if we had our way, we’d probably have more shoes than clothes! Still, our collections of glamorous heels and ballerina flats can become unmanageable.
Many bedrooms and closets have one thing in common: every space available is filled with shoes. If you’ve got shoes stored under your bed, placed in baskets throughout the house and stacked in large, teetering piles in your closet, it’s time to start organizing.
Step 1: Sort and Evaluate
The first step to organizing your shoe collection is to make one big pile. Go around the house and pick up every pair. A large space on the floor, or even your bed, makes a nice sorting location.
Match each shoe with its counterpart and line up the pairs so you can see them all. Then, take a few moments to inspect your shoes. One by one, check for any damage, discoloration or wear. Be sure to check the soles and heels to ensure the shoe’s structure is still sound and wearable.
While your shoes are still neatly lined up, remove any shoes you no longer wear, don’t want or find uncomfortable to wear. It’s a good idea to throw away damaged shoes and donate any pairs that are still in good condition.
Step 2: Organize by Type and Color
Now that you have a collection of shoes you love, it’s time to organize them for storage. Keeping shoes of the same type and color together will save you time later. Next time you get dressed for a night out and you want to wear blue heels, you’ll know exactly where to go. The same goes for when you want to find that perfect pair of sandals to go with your summer dress. Grouping shoes prevents shoe clutter from developing as you search through pile after pile of your favorite pumps.
Step 3: Choose a Storage Method
How you store your shoes will depend largely on a few factors:
- How many shoes you own
- How much space you have
- The layout of your closet
If space is limited in your home, I suggest opting for more than one creative solution. Here are a few of my favorite shoe storage ideas:
Shoe Organizing Idea #1 – High-quality shoe boxes
Boxes are best used for expensive shoes or those that could be easily damaged. To easily find your favorite pair, opt for a box with a window or take a photo of the shoe, print it and adhere it to the front of the box.
Shoe Organizing Idea #2 – Clear shoe boxes or bins
For sandals and inexpensive shoes, you may want to choose a cheaper storage option. Clear boxes or bins, like the ones I included below, will allow you to see which shoes each container holds.
I like them because they offer different heights for heels, short-heels and for flats.
When stacking, be sure to put boxes containing your more frequently used shoes toward the top of the pile.
Shoe Organizing Idea #3 -Over the door storage
For small apartments or spaces where storage is limited, it’s best to use every nook and cranny. Hang a clear pocket shoe holder behind your bedroom or closet door.
Shoe Organizing Idea #4 – Storage bins under the bed
Measure the height of the space between the floor and the bottom of your bed.
Choose clear bins on wheels to easily access your hidden storage and retrieve your shoes. If your bed is very low to the ground, purchase a pocket shoe organizing bed skirt — you can easily hide it behind a cloth bed skirt.
Shoe Organizing Idea #5 – A shoe rack
It’s basic, but it works. Shoe racks allow you to easily find your most commonly worn shoes. In addition to your closet, place one near your entryway so you, and your guests, have a designated place to put your shoes when you come in the front door.
Shoe Organizing Idea #6 – Armoire
Why not display your shoes for all to see? If you have a collection of unique, beautifully made designer shoes, make them a part of your home’s décor. Purchase an armoire with glass windows to proudly show off your favorite pairs.
Shoe Organizing Idea #7 – Chest of drawers
Many furniture retailers sell narrow chests of drawers that can hold dozens of pairs of shoes — without taking up much space. Store shoes vertically to use space efficiently and quickly find what you’re looking for.
Shoe Organizing Idea #8 – Crown molding
It’s unique, creative and a fun DIY project. If your closet has lots of space near the ceiling, install crown molding along the wall. Hang your shoes on the molding by their heel. For an extra pop of color, paint the crown molding a fun, bright color before you install it.
Shoe Organizing Idea #9 – Tension Rods Inside a Drawer
If you have a deep drawer in your closet or dresser you can install rows of tension rods (for curtains) to place your shoes. Protect the bottom of the drawer with durable shelf lining like the ones you’d use in the kitchen.
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