I honestly believe there isn’t a right or wrong way to organize ANYTHING! What works for one person or family may not work the best for another. And, that is definitely true with how I organize shoes. Why? Because this chick has three different ways she organizes shoes. Yes! You heard that statement correctly…
This chick has three different ways she organizes shoes!
Not all shoes are created equal, which means that the storage method shouldn’t be the same either. It has taken awhile to develop this system, and it could change at any given moment, but right now it is working.
I have 3 categories of shoes:
These are shoes that I wear to work, to run errands, or around the house at least once a week. I want to make sure I can get to them easily and quickly. So, I have them neatly stacked and pair together on the floor of my closet. The toe portion of the shoes are usually tucked underneath my bottom rack of clothes unless my kiddos or cat decide otherwise.
- tennis shoes
- black everyday Toms
- black Havianas flip flops
- house shoes
- winter boots (I know it is only fall, but they get worn often in the winter)
Side note: I do not switch out summer and winter clothes. I usually purchase versatile pieces that I can mix and match between seasons. Plus, I do not have that many clothes. I have enough space in my closet for all of them.
All of my dressy shoes are placed in Iris plastic shoe boxes that I purchased over 10 years ago from Sam’s Club. Try the Iris website for purchase information.
I have a particular way I store dressy shoes, though. My goal is to be able to look into my closet and see the shoes I am looking to wear immediately. I do not want to have to go through an entire row of shoes until I find the one I am wanting.
Here is a look at my process…
I found a box of shoes I purchased a few months ago, but haven’t stored yet, sitting in my closet. An awesome clearance find at that! 🙂
Step 1: I open the box, take the shoes and extras out of the box, and place everything in the clear container.
Step 2: I take scissors and cut the front panel off the box.
Step 3: Place the front panel of the cardboard shoe box inside the front panel of the plastic container.
This is how I am able to locate the shoes I am searching for immediately.
Step 4: Close the lid and place the shoe box on the shelf.
I have never been an individual who liked cardboard shoe boxes. Plus, cardboard can accumulate bugs. I had an experience with bugs in an apartment once that was out of my control and I have been paranoid about it ever since. Plus, having identical boxes for your shoes streamlines your closet and makes me happy (insert smile).
These are the shoes that I wear, but not everyday. At the moment, I am using this MacBeth collection shoe rack, but I have a feeling I will be switching to something different. I love the shoe rack, but my door is bending the metal hooks at the top. I had no clue until yesterday.
So, I may opt to go with a different shoe rack because I love the concept for my casual footwear.
If you are asking… Yep! That is a hot pink feather boa hanging to the left. My BFF gave that to me during my bachelorette party (over 7 years ago) and I can’t part with it.
The goal of this challenge was to clean out some of my clothing and accessories. So, as I was going through my shoes, I found these 5 pairs of flip flops that I haven’t worn in over a year. So, they will be making a trip to the Goodwill.
By the end of this challenge, I am sure I will have even more to add to this pile.
You will get to see my entire shoe collection when I reveal my closet in the next couple of weeks!