I've got a pretty good handle on shoe storage within bedroom closets. It's the entryways that can cause the most heartburn. Through the years, I've used the following methods to store shoes in and around the entryways to our house(s) - with varying levels of success:
- Shoe Baskets
- Shoe Bench
- Shoe Cubby Organizer
- Shoe Rack
- Shoe Cabinet
This past week, I reshuffled the storage options yet again to solve my current storage dilemma Keep reading to see how I've used each storage solution, individually and in combination through the years:
Shoe Baskets: When our first-born became a toddler, we realized we needed to toddler-proof our shoe storage in addition to everything else in the house. We had far less time to spend locating shoes as we headed out the door. Often, a shoe we thought we placed in one location had been carted away to another, less obvious location. We bought large, woven baskets and placed them under our front hall bench. The baskets were attractive, yet unobtrusive, and kept shoes neatly out of sight of busy, curious toddlers who enjoyed toting shoes.
|Felt pads on bottom of basket protect floor.|
|Baskets under a bench in entry hall contain shoes.|
|What was once a toy box...|
|...became an entry hall bench that stored shoes.|
Paired with the pub mirror, which had hooks for jackets, leashes, hats, etc., the bench was a fabulous solution. Form and function at its best.
Shoe Cubby Organizer: Although the shoe bench worked really well for the entry way, we often used the garage entrance. A pile of shoes and sandals began infringing on the tight doorways - we needed a way to neatly store shoes there as well. A shoe cubby organizer turned out to be the answer for us.
|Shoe Cubby Organizer in laundry room/garage entry.|
In our current house, we continue to use the cubby shoe organizer at the garage entry. In this house, the organizer is positioned on the garage-side of the entry:
|Shoe Cubby storage in garage|
Shoe Rack: Because the kids were not using the cubby organizer, shoes began to pile up in the front hall. While the shoes were contained to one basic area, they still created a mountain of shoes that was not the overall design statement I was going for. My solution was to place a three-tiered shoe rack in the lower half of the front-hall closet.
|Three-tiered shoe rack helps contain shoe clutter|
Shoe Cabinet: What I came up with was a shoe cabinet. Well, really, I came up with redefining a built-in family room cabinet as a shoe cabinet.
|Built-in cabinet used for shoe storage|
|Back entry and 10' x 3' slice of family room comprises my pseudo mud room.|
Problem solved? for now, they appear to be in check. Keeping on top of organization and storage is an ongoing pursuit. As the family grows and changes, so do our organization needs. Hopefully, I've shared some tips that you can use to contain shoes in your home. Have other ideas? I'd love to hear them!
Check back with me and my closet clutter projects. Now that jackets and shoes are controlled, I need to address seasonal gear storage.