Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Guest Post: My (Ongoing) Quest for Clean and Convenient Shoe Storage By Maya Rodgers

For many people, shoes are the things that dreams are made of. It starts small, with a favorite pair of sandals, or hot pumps that are just perfect. However, a few pairs quickly become a mountain, and after collecting many pairs of shoes over time, you may get to the point where there is no closet space left for your beloved footwear. Your shoes end up in a huge pile, tucked away in your closet, making finding the right pair difficult, if not impossible.
Like many shoe-lovers, I struggled with finding spaces to store my own as well as my family’s shoes. Why not leave them in a neat little row beside the door? That sounds like a good idea – at first. But then my children trek through the front door constantly, and that neat little row of shoes that I spent time ordering is quickly destroyed. Even more, the dog sees our shoes as an array of chew toys, and I’ve had spiders lurk inside my unsuspecting shoes more than once. Yes, my shoe storage ideas never really work out. 
If you’re struggling with shoe organization, there are plenty of eye-catching and fun ways to keep your shoes tidy. If you’re feeling particularly creative, you can even make your own device.  In an attempt to organize my shoes, and help others do the same, I took a look at some very cool and functional ways to store shoes. All of these designs keep shoes neat, clean, and away from children, pets, and pests:

  • Cantilevered shoe racks are a sleeker, more modern version of the original shoe rack. The construction of these racks, which are mounted to the wall, can give the illusion that your shoes are floating. 

image credit and shoe rack: available here

  • Wooden thread racks can double as a shoe rack for small children’s shoes. Whether your thread rack hangs on the wall, or stands near a door, yours can be personalized with a fresh coat of paint, fabric, or wherever your creativity takes you! When it’s finished, just hang your children’s shoes onto the hooks.
  • Bookcases are a great, simple place to store your shoes. Depending on the size, you may be able to display your entire shoe collection on the bookcase, making it easy to find the perfect pair of shoes for the occasion. 
  • Room dividers can serve more than one purpose by doubling as a shoe rack. If you have a room divider near the front door or in your bedroom, just place an over-the-door shoe hanger onto the room divider and you have yourself another place to put your favorite shoes. 
  • Shoe wheels seemed magical the first time I saw one. These allow a large amount of storage while also offering easy accessibility to pairs of shoes. 

photo credit and more information available at: The Telegraph

  • Large wicker and decorative baskets can also be used to collect shoes. This works best for shoes that take up less space such as sandals and flats, along with shoes that get worn less frequently. Unlike the shoe wheel though, the basket risks the possibility of not being able to quickly find that pair you need.
  • A final shoe storage idea is the use of crown molding to hang heels on the wall. Taking three to four rows of crown molding and mounting them high along your walls can add a decorative pop as well as a useful area to hang your heels. The photo below comes from a great DIY article that shows you how to make your own

I found these solutions were very helpful in my ongoing quest for ideal shoe storage – though I also learned that these ideas work best in combinations. (My personal favorite is the shoe wheel.) Try using some of these suggestions and let me know how it goes! May your shoes stay clean, organized, and ready-to-wear!

Author bio: Maya Rodgers currently mothers two children and a yellow lab who loves stealing and chewing any shoes she can find. Maya also very much dislikes being surprised by bugs in her shoes, which is why she works as a pest control consultant. She can be found musing and experimenting at www.petsandpests.com.

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