Picking through shoe organization ideas to find the right one for you is about as easy as pawing through the racks at the shoe store. This one’s too high. That one’s too flat. Those may look cute now, but they’re going to leave you in tears after wearing them for an hour.
But the average man in America owns 12 pairs of shoes, and the average woman owns a whopping 27. So let’s face it: Most of us need shoe organization ideas, and we need them now.
“Shoe storage is frequently an issue for clients because they have too many pairs that they don’t wear,” says Carrie Peeples, professional organizer and owner of NeatSmart in Atlanta.
“My first step is to work with them on weeding out what they don’t wear anymore,” she says. “It’s surprising how many pairs people keep even though they don’t fit or cause pain. Once we’ve cleared out the clutter, storage is much easier.”
If you have a pile of unworn footwear that you can’t bear to part with, don’t fret. We asked the experts to weigh in on how to make sense of all those sneakers, loafers, and heels, so you can reclaim the floor of your closet without parting with your favorites.
1. Shoe organization ideas for the whole family
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Some folks like to keep shoes in their respective bedrooms, but it’s natural to take your shoes off when walking into your home, says Laura Kinsella, owner of Urban OrgaNYze Group, in New York City.
If yours is a “take your shoes off at the door” family, add deep drawers to a closet in or near your front hallway or in your mudroom for shoe storage. Labels for each member of the family will clue kids in on where to store their shoes and where to find them.
“To avoid a clutter ‘dumping ground’ by the entryway, take a few minutes every evening to reset,” Kinsella says. “Put shoes back into their homes, and preset shoes for the next morning. This will keep our shoes in pristine condition and keep our morning routine in check.”
Bonus: No more “Moooooom, I can’t find my left sneaker!”
2. Go high
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Most shoes have a season of usefulness, and the rest of the year they sit around taking up space (we’re looking at you, rubber rain boots).
Just as you shelve your sweaters when the weather gets warm, Peeples says you should also treat your shoes as seasonal apparel. Her suggestion? Move shoes you won’t use anytime soon on a higher shelf that is harder to access. Because you don’t need to use them immediately, ease of access won’t matter, and you can switch them out when the seasons change again.
3. Color-code your shoes
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A great way to keep your shoes in order and looking aesthetically pleasing? Take your shoe organization ideas from the rainbow, suggests Kinsella.
Group flats with flats, sneakers with sneakers, et cetera, and then color-code them according to the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet), Kinsella suggests.
“This keeps a more minimal and polished closet, which allows our brains to make easier decisions when searching for the perfect pair of shoes,” she says.
4. Let it all hang out
Ankle, calf, and knee-high boots tend to flop over, causing them to take up double the space. The easy fix? Grab a few packages of boot hangers ($25, amazon.com), and hang your shoes from a suspended bar in your closet.
5. Put them on display
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The more hidden your shoes are, the less likely you are to wear them, Kinsella says. If you can, build a shelving unit that puts them all out on display, like the one above.
Not an option? “Try stackable acrylic bins,” Kinsella suggests. “They still provide visibility and also protect shoes from the natural dust and fibers within a home.”
6. Use your door space
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The floor and closet shelves aren’t the only spots where your shoes can be stashed. Closet doors offer prime real estate for storage space, Peeples says. Invest in some shoe pockets that hang from the top of the door, and give your flip-flops and ballet flats a permanent home.
7. In and out
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The way you store your shoes is just as important as where, Peeples says. To maximize space, “place shoes next to each other with one facing in and one facing out to save some space,” says Peeples.
This arrangement will allow you to squeeze as many shoes on the shelf as possible while still being able to see what each pair looks like.
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