Five Ways to Organize Your Shoes

Shoes, shoes, shoes – one of my favorite things to organize!
I’ve blogged about how to purge and donate them,
but this week I’m sharing my thoughts on how to organize them.
Some might say it’s simple, but trust me it can be tricky.
Shoe organization is all about first figuring out your preferences and
assessing your space. To do so, ask yourself a few questions:
  • Do you need to see all your shoes?
  • Would having shoes organized in boxes work?
  • How many pairs do you have?
  • What types of shoes do you have? Break them into categories.
  • Which pairs do you wear most frequently?
  • How much storage space do you have? Walls, shelves, space
    under hanging clothes, back of door – consider it all.
Now that you understand your space and basic preferences,
consider these five varied options you might have to organize them.
First insider tip, with shoe storage I’ve found that you get what you pay for.
So if shoes are important to you, be prepared to spend money on higher quality organizing products.
Option 1:  Open Shelves
This is my first recommendation for clients that need to see
their shoes. If you are planning to be in your home for the long term, a
carpenter can easily build what you need. In most high-end walk-in closets,
this is what you’ll see. If you are in a rental, I recommend this shelving option from The Container Store.
Photo courtesy of LA Closet Design
Option 2:  Shoe Boxes 
This is the way to go if you want a uniform look that keeps
shoes neat and dust free. Plus boxes are stackable! You get bonus points if you
attach a photo of the shoes to the box.
Photo courtesy of Catalogs.com
Option 3:  Cubbies
My other favorite recommendation for shoe storage is
cubbies. Cubbies keep shoes organized, tucked away, but still easy to find.
Beware the quality of cubbies that aren’t custom made. Freedom Rail has a sturdy option.
Photo courtesy of The Coveted
Option 4:  Over the Door Organizers
For a more temporary storage option, consider using a back
of the door shoe organizer. Again, the quality can be an issue.
Real Simple makes a great one that allows you to see the shoes.
Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel
Option 5:  Closet Hang Organizers
Similar to over the door, this can work in some spaces, like
a rental, or for seasonal shoes. However, valuable hanging space is hard to
spare. Go with a solid option like the Milano line from The Container Store.
Photo Courtesy of The Container Store
The fun doesn’t stop here! Next week, I’ll continue this list with five more ways to organize your shoe.