Does your family have a knack for leaving their things everywhere except where they need to be? Maybe it’s a bag, briefcase, or backpack cluttering the entryway, jackets and coats hanging on the backs of chairs, or even dirty clothes tossed practically everywhere except the hamper. Yet, none of these everyday organization issues are as frustrating as the scattered mess of shoes that overtake your mudroom or entryway.
If you are looking for shoe organization tips or the best ways to store shoes around the house, you’ve come to the right place.
For some reason, especially when the seasons change, it seems like your family’s shoes multiply overnight, and your mudroom or entryway loses all semblance of organization. In a Groundhog’s Day cycle, everyone trips over piles of shoes cluttering your space. Getting in and out of the house is a constant ordeal, thanks to the chaos caused by random shoes that weren’t put away. And, no matter how often you re-stack and re-sort, it’s always a mess by the end of the day, leaving you and everyone else frustrated because they can’t find their things.
This is why you need ways to organize your shoes throughout your home.
For most people, few things are more frustrating than being late. So, it’s so important to create a home that encourages organized living. By integrating some level of shoe organization, women are 7x more likely to be on time. With an organized shoe storage system, you and your family can spend less time scrambling to find the right pair of shoes before heading out the door and more time doing the things you all want to do. 67% of people could save 30 minutes a day with more organization — you should be one of them.
A cluttered closet is not great for anybody’s mental health, and a little organization goes a long way in terms of helping to keep a clear and focused mind. 47% of people say unorganized homes cause stress, and an unorganized home ranked as the 5th biggest trigger for stress for people across the nation. Having a solid organization system for your family’s shoes is a way to make your day-to-day a little less crazy and a little more peaceful.
Our moms have told us for years, but it rings especially true now: if you take care of things, they last. If your shoes aren’t being taken care of because they’re being trampled over by people coming in and out of your home, they aren’t going to last. Proper shoe organization and storage solutions are one of the best ways to extend your shoes’ shelf life, saving you money by not having to replace everyone’s shoes as often, including your own.
While it’s tempting to “clean up the mess” by tossing it all in a bag to donate, leaving each family member with just a few pairs of shoes to manage, there is a better way. Take charge of your organizational frustrations and never trip over a random shoe again with these 6 shoe organization tips for the whole family.
The first and best way to store shoes and organize them is by incorporating an Inspired Closets Shoe Shrine® into the space you want to improve. The Shoe Shrine® takes shoe organization to the next level through its ASID-award-winning shelving system. With the Shoe Shrine®, shelves can be added, removed, or reconfigured in a pinch, providing a customizable solution for every family member, every shoe, and every space. The Shoe Shrine® can be installed in your closet, entryway, mudroom, or anywhere else in your home — the shoe organization possibilities are endless!
Inspired Closets slanted and traditional shoe shelves add dimension to your storage space, creating dedicated shelving in your home for your shoes. Whether you’re adding organization to your mudroom, your closet, or your garage entryway, slanted and traditional shoe shelves offer ways to organize your shoes with easy access to every family member’s favorite pair in simple, optimized storage. Traditional shoe shelves offer a straightforward approach to shoe organization. Slanted shoe shelves store your shoes at an angle, providing an organizational solution that’s both practical and beautiful.
Just as you need your own space sometimes, so do your shoes. This means you should expand your shoe storage outside of your entryway or mudroom. Limit your main shoe storage area to only hold everyone’s everyday shoes; everything else can be delegated to other areas of the house. Shoe organization can be determined by the person, season, or whatever works best for you and your family.
Have your kids do their own organizing and find ways to store their excess shoes in their own respective closets. Use your own personal closet as a safe keep for your special occasion shoes that you don’t want to be ruined or borrowed. Utilizing closet space for shoe storage throughout your house can remove clutter from your entryway and restore organization in your life.
The space under your bed isn’t just for cobwebs (and for the little ones, it’s not just for hiding while you play Hide and Seek); it’s one of the best ways to store shoes out of sight. The space under your bed offers a protected spot for shoes, ending the possibility of them being trampled over in the entryway. Take special-occasion shoes or those you just don’t often wear, pack them neatly in totes, and store them under your bed where they’ll remain safely out of the way until you need them again.
While we love our shoes, depending on the season, some don’t belong in your main shoe organization area. Free up storage space in your mudroom or entryway by storing shoes you’re not using in totes. Whether it’s flip-flops when it’s snowing, winter boots in the summer, or your kids’ soccer cleats when you’re not spending your weekends on the field, you’ll instantly feel more organized by getting them out of the way. Store these shoes in your garage, closet, basement, attic, or any other tucked-away space as a way to organize shoes in your home.
If you love Jenga and Tetris, this shoe organization tip is for you! Save space for more shoes on each shelf by stepping up your shelving strategy. One way to organize your shoes on a shelf is to alternate the directions they’re facing (for example, for each pair, have one shoe face towards the center of the room and the other towards the shelf).
Another shoe organization tip is to take advantage of your shelving height by stacking lightweight, light-use shoes (flip-flops, high heels, kids’ sneakers) on top of your sturdier shoes, leaving more space to place even more shoes on the shelf. By integrating these simple solutions, you can maximize the space you’re working with for a quick fix to your shoe organization issue.
One challenge of shoe organization is the different sizes and types of shoes. Boots are bigger and need more storage space compared to thin flip-flops, while high heels need the heel protected, but sneakers can easily sit in any organization system. Additionally, taller boots need to be stood up or laid flat to prevent the material from permanently bending or cracking.
When looking for the best ways to store your shoes, consider organization options that allow you to keep like shoes together. You may find that taller entryway storage is ideal for your boots while the Inspired Closets Shoe Shrine® is perfect for your heels and sneakers.
Organizing your shoes isn’t the most fun or exciting way to spend a weekend, but a little work organizing can go a long way to make life better for the whole family. By following these shoe organization tips, you and your family can save time and money and gain peace of mind. If you’re looking for more shoe organization tips and tricks, take a look at our article here.
If you’re looking for more custom solutions to your organizational needs, our experts are ready and happy to help when you need it. Complete this form and we’ll be happy to give you a call. Our Inspired Closets team will help find a custom solution for you and your family to get organized and stay organized.
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