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Organizing Shoes

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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.

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Total Time: It took me about 30 minutes.

Source: Pinterest

Supplies:

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

Steps:

  1. Snip the very middle of the hanger.
  2. Bend the arms.
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  4. Swirl the ends.
  5. Cut your paper.
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  7. Fold it like this.
  8. And this.
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  10. And this.
  11. Put it on the hanger and glue the flaps.
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  13. Put pretty gems on it with glue.
  14. 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
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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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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By 0 found this helpful
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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By guest (Guest Post)
September 22, 20040 found this helpful

I have an addiction to shoes and have a bunch in my closet. I hung one of these "over the door" shoe organizers on the back of my closet door and that helped, but I still needed more storage! So I bought another plastic organizer and nailed it up on the closet wall. If you don't have a clear wall in your closet you might try hanging one behind your clothes. I hope this helps, it has helped me!

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September 23, 20040 found this helpful

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. You can see at a glance which pair is in which box. I have also heard the idea of decorating the boxes with self-adhesive plastic, to make more of a feature of your collection.

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September 23, 20040 found this helpful

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 alot, I keep them stuffed with tissue paper. You can also put sachet in there to help them smelling fresh.

I like this because I can swap them out seasonally and keep the seasonal ones in the front, and the ones I am not wearing in the back. It also keeps the dust bunnies away and the cat hair off my shoes.

My sister-in-law has these as well, and slides them along the perimeter of her bed. Another friend stacked them underneath a nightstand and covered it with a tablecloth to hide them.

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September 23, 20040 found this helpful

I bought one of those organizers you hang on the back of a door..works for me!

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September 23, 20040 found this helpful

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. The best thing is that the cube doesn't take up much closet space, and you have a sturdy flat surface to store something on top of the cube. I think I bought mine on sale at KMart or Target.

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October 18, 20040 found this helpful

The shoe storage I use is wine bottle boxes. They usually have 6 to 8 slots for 6 to 8 pairs of shoes, unless you have exceptionally large shoes.

By arlayne

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 21, 20040 found this helpful

If you still have the boxes use them but most of us throw the boxes out. You can buy rubber maid type boxes at the dollar store or variety store. Clean shoes and place in box. Take a picture of each pair and attach on outer side of box. Stack on shelf or in bottom of closet and then when you need them just glance at the pictures to choose the pair you need. Take a small cloth bag or make your own. Fill with your favorite talc powder and place in box with shoes. No foot smell and your closet smells good too.

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By guest (Guest Post)
November 12, 20040 found this helpful

I bought one of those portable clothing rack ($15)and hung two $10 vertical clothing hangers (each have seven "shelves.") Thus 14 pairs of shoes hang vertically. It's nice because my shoes (men size 12) all fit without being cramping. Plus all of the shoes are off the floor and I can get a clear view of all the shoes at once glance.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 15, 20040 found this helpful

I have my shoes in plastic rubbermaid shoeboxes. I just used an instant camera to put pictures outside the boxes.

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January 6, 20050 found this helpful

I love to be organized and one things I do in my closet is keep my shoes in the clear plastic shoe boxes and I label the end with the color and style of shoe. It is very easy to find what you need in a hurry and very easy to put away. Happy walking.

By Di

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January 6, 20050 found this helpful

We built simple shelves on the back of our closet from the floor up. I can see the shoes, so I don't need lables and they are easy to just set on the shelf.

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January 6, 20050 found this helpful

I noticed some posters said to BUY the rubbermaid style shoeboxes. If money is also a concern, you can sometimes find leftover shoe boxes at shoe stores.

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January 22, 20050 found this helpful

Organizing shoes in a limited time; If you have any wall space inside or outside the closet, get wood (1"X2") and make a frame in the allowed space. Then, get thin pegboard and cut to size of that frame you made and nail it or screw it on. Then, chose from the various elongated hooks that fit that pegboard for as many pairs of shoes you can hang.

By Esther

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January 26, 20050 found this helpful

Here's an idea to make it easier to find your shoes - label the end of the boxes or clear plastic boxes with kind and color of shoe. Then stack neatly in your closet, (above or below the racks). It saves valuable time searching.

By DiAnne

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March 14, 20050 found this helpful

In order for my shoes not to become separated I use the large elastic bands that are wrapped around my newspapers and I wrap them around my shoes. So far, so good!

By Barbara

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April 8, 20050 found this helpful

To better organize my shoes, I keep them in the boxes they came in and attach a picture of them to the end panel, so I'll know in a glance which pair is in which box.

By Donna

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June 21, 20070 found this helpful

I've got a lot of extra hanging space in my closet but not a lot of floor space so I just hung all my heels on the hanging rack

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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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February 20, 20110 found this helpful

I use those shoe racks that hang over the door. There is one on each of my bedroom doors.

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February 20, 20110 found this helpful

Buy a large plastic container with lid to store your shoes in and slide under the bed.

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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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By 0 found this helpful
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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By 0 found this helpful
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 26, 2012

What are creative ways to organize toddler shoes?

By Sherrie

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