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Organizing Shoes

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Shoes that are oranized on a shelf.
Are your shoes a jumble on the floor of the closet? Ever grab two shoes only to find that they are not a pair? This is a guide about organizing your shoes.
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By 5 found this helpful
March 12, 2015

I thought this would be an easy way of keeping track of your sandals. You can hang it in your closet. I'm going to put some flip-flops on it too. One hanger will hold about 3 or 4 pairs of flip-flops.

Total Time: It took me about 30 minutes.

Source: Pinterest

Supplies:

  • a wire hanger
  • pliers
  • wire cutters
  • paper
  • scissors
  • gems
  • hot glue
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Steps:

  1. Snip the very middle of the hanger.
  2. Bend the arms.
  3. Swirl the ends.
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  5. Cut your paper.
  6. Fold it like this.
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  8. And this.
  9. And this.
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  11. Put it on the hanger and glue the flaps.
  12. Put pretty gems on it with glue.
  13. All done.
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By 4 found this helpful
September 21, 2011

We constantly have a heap of shoes in front of our front door making it difficult to walk into our house. One day, after organizing the shoes, yet again, I went looking for a solution. The result? A short bookshelf that wasn't being used became the home for the family's shoes! Even my husband's big shoes fit on the shelves perfectly.

By Tom-Sarah G. from Sutherlin, OR

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By 3 found this helpful
October 25, 2016

I've been trying for a long time to come up with an idea on how to store my many pairs of shoes. After a long time of thinking, I came up with the idea to store them on a chain.

I bought two metres of link chain on Amazon and I purchased the 'S' hooks. Yesterday, the white plastic-coated hooks arrived and I tried out my idea. I put a white hook into the ceiling and then hung the chain from it. It is in a small hallway and the lowered part of the ceiling is the height of a inner door. I managed to put seven pairs of my shoes onto the chain and a pair of long boots. I could quite easily have added 6- 7 more shoes instead of putting on the long boots. The boots were hung via a small bulldog clip holding them together.

I am thrilled that it worked! I am now going to add a few chains in my walk-in wardrobe to store my other shoes and boots. The great thing about this idea is a column of shoes take up very little space and can hold many pairs of footwear. Oh, and did I mention that's it very thrifty?

Source: My own idea

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April 13, 2009

An easy project with three pieces of wood can help organize that pile of shoes at the bottom of your closet. My darling husband constructed this simple shelf, at my request, and his shoes and boots are manageable and tidy. I asked him to make one for my closet too.

Simply cut a long piece that will fit in your closet and two more about 8 inches high. Screw the two small ones at either end of the long one so that you can store shoes underneath the shelf and shoes or boots on top of the shelf. Simple project that made a big difference for us!

By Peggy G. from Yulan, NY

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By 3 found this helpful
September 4, 2011

I live in a small space. I don't have a closet. So, how do I store my shoes and accessories? Bookshelves. I use bookshelves, with adjustable shelving, that I already own.

Shoes and handbags stored on bookshelf.

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July 2, 2010

Shoes come in pairs, you wear them in pairs, and you put them away in pairs - so why do they end up SINGLE? I have so many nice things, I am trying increasingly to shop in my own closet.

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June 28, 2011

What is the proper way to store shoes without paying for expensive storage organizers? Nobody has time to dust shoes on a shelf. I opted for keeping them in the original box, then take a picture of the shoes.

shoe boxes with photos of shoes attached to them

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June 2, 2009

A small child's wagon, either metal or plastic, makes for a great shoe storage container by a front or back door, or even in the child's bedroom.

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November 25, 20040 found this helpful

When buying shoes, keep the boxes they come in. This way, they'll be protected from being knocked around in your closet, you won't have to worry about loosing one, and it's great at helping to keep your closet tidy.

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By 1 found this helpful
October 22, 2012

Use your noodle, your swimming noodle that is. Insert it in your boots to keep them standing upright when not in use. This hint keeps them from falling over and getting crinkled.

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October 4, 2011

Go to Dollar Tree and buy plastic tub size shoe boxes that they have. The bottoms are see through and the plastic lid helps keep shoes in good condition.

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September 23, 2004

If you can get hold of the cardboard boxes shoes are sold in (or you may have kept them anyway), I have heard a tip for taking a photo of each pair and sticking it to the front of the box, then stack the boxes up in an unobtrusive corner.

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January 28, 2017

I store high heels on one of my laundry baskets. I usually put the glittery ones on there to protect them from having other shoes squish them.

Hang Shoes on Round Laundry Basket

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September 23, 2004

I use one of those wood cubes with dividers. They hold up to nine pairs of shoes, but I have found that you can store umbrellas and other things in any sections you don't fill with shoes.

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September 23, 2004

I keep mine in the plastic "shoebox size" Rubbermaid totes. That way I can stack them and easily grab the ones I want. For shoes I don't wear a lot, I keep them stuffed with tissue paper.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 8, 2005

I am looking for a way to organize my shoes. I only own enough pairs to fit in a large plastic tote box, but I am finding out this is not a good way to keep your shoes. Not only can't you find pairs, but keeping them in a plastic box isn't a good idea. I don't have much space to work with. Do any of you creative, thrifty readers have any ideas on how I might organize them? Thanks for your thoughts.

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May 9, 20090 found this helpful

My sister-in-law taught me this one - she reuses the Swifter sweeper mopping cloth refill containers (24ct size) to store her shoes in. The top is clear so it is easy to see the shoes in there! Silly me was throwing them out. I'm already thinking about what else I can do with these containers.

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February 20, 2011

I live in a bungalow which has small bedroom closets. I need ideas on how to organize my shoes in my small closet. Thanks in advance!

By Maryeileen from Brooklyn, OH

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March 12, 20110 found this helpful

I put in a coated wire closet organizer. Shoes go on the shelves, garments go on upper and lower rod. Nothing is on the floor except the large camera bag. Now, if it doesn't fit neatly in there, something has to go. I wish I'd done this years ago.

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February 21, 2015

So, I have this space under the stairs, as you can imagine it is oddly shaped, but I managed to fit a bureau under there, and I use the drawers for gloves, hats, scarves, random electrical things, like extension cords, light bulbs, cell phone chargers, etc. My question is, I also try to keep our shoes under there in a plastic bin, but it is hard to get to and I bang my head. Where and how do you store your off season shoes, like winter boots, work boots, etc.?

By Dale D.

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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

I put my off-season shoes in labeled boxes on the highest shelves in my closet.

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November 24, 2012

I have limited space in my closet. Is it OK to store my shoes in one large brown cardboard/storage box? I was wondering if the shoes at the bottom of the box would lose their shape from the other shoes being stacked on top of them. Please advise.

By Onesummer

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July 17, 20170 found this helpful

You can use one of those over the closet door pocket racks to save space. I wouldn't put them in a box.

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November 7, 2012

I have moved in with my cousin and have very limited closet space. I would like to know if it is okay to store my shoes in a cardboard box?

By Onesummer

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November 12, 20120 found this helpful

Most of them come from them so my guess is yes. Speaking of shoe boxes, if you go to the local shoe place, most of the time you can get them for free. They are great for organizing smaller things you can't fit in your new home, but also for cd's, cassettes, stationary, etc.

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November 26, 2012

What are creative ways to organize toddler shoes?

By Sherrie

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November 26, 20120 found this helpful

Have no more than two pairs, one for every day and one for dress up, and there won't be a problem.

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