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Shoe Storage Solutions

Updated: May 17

Shoe storage, whether in a closet for easy access or put away for use in the future, can be tricky when it comes to making the best use of the space. Most homebuilders don't included storage specifically for shoes, but this gives residents the freedom to choose the solution that best fits their needs. Before you make a purchase, consider the functionality of any solution and think about how it will fit the aesthetic of your closet. Here are a few options to consider when re-organizing the shoe are of your closet.

Organized Shoe Rack

  1. Shoe Racks or Shoe Shelves: Shoe racks or shelves are versatile storage solutions that come in various designs and sizes. They can be freestanding or wall-mounted, and you can choose one based on your available space and the number of shoes you need to store. Shoe racks or shelves allow you to neatly display your shoes and make it easy to find the pair you want. Consider a shoe rack that has extendable shelves. This will help you fit it in more spaces in case you decide to redesign the layout of your closet. Shoe racks are also an excellent choice for keeping shoes next to the front door.

  2. Shoe Cubbies or Shoe Cabinets: Shoe cubbies or cabinets are enclosed storage units with multiple compartments or shelves specifically designed for shoe storage. They often have doors or drawers to keep the shoes protected from dust and maintain a tidy appearance. Shoe cubbies or cabinets are great if you prefer a clutter-free look and want to keep your shoes out of sight. Ikea makes excellent shoe cabinets that are only 8 inches deep, so they fit just about anywhere.

  3. Over-the-Door Shoe Organizers: Over-the-door shoe organizers are typically made of fabric or clear plastic with pockets or compartments that hang over the back of a door. They are convenient for those who have limited floor or wall space. Over-the-door organizers are particularly useful for storing flats, sandals, and low-profile shoes.

  4. Shoe Boxes or Clear Shoe Containers: Shoe boxes or clear shoe containers are an excellent option if you want to keep your shoes neatly organized and protected while still being able to see them. Transparent shoe containers allow you to easily identify the shoes inside and stack them without taking up too much space. These are also commonly used by professional organizers to sort out items into separate categories, so if you intend to organize a space in your home some time soon, pick up a few extra to use for this purpose. The size makes them great for storing different categories of other items long term while easily seeing what each box contains.

  5. Shoe Hangers or Clips: Shoe hangers or clips are specialized storage solutions that attach to your closet rod and allow you to hang your shoes vertically. They are particularly useful for storing high heels or shoes with delicate or embellished surfaces. Shoe hangers or clips keep your shoes off the floor while make them easy to see qt a glance. Make sure the hangers are out of the way of heavily trafficked areas so that you don't snag your own clothing on them.

  6. Shoe Bags: Shoe bags are fabric or plastic bags designed to protect individual pairs of shoes. They are useful for storing and organizing shoes that are not frequently worn or for travel purposes. Shoe bags keep your shoes dust-free and can be easily stacked or stored in larger containers. They are excellent for storing seldom used shoes under the bed or in a smaller closet.

Remember to consider your specific needs, available space, and the number of shoes you have when selecting the best storage solution for your shoes. Additionally, it's a good idea to clean and dry your shoes before storing them to maintain their quality and prevent any potential odor or mold issues.

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