Is there such a thing as too many shoes? For some people, collecting shoes is more than just a hobby. It’s a passion. Don’t let your small wardrobe deter you from buying those shoes you’ve been eyeing for months.
Read on to learn our top ten tips for easy shoe organization, so you can gladly welcome pair after pair without regret of overfilling your closet. Our storage hacks will ensure that your shoe collection is always a source of pride and artistic expression, as it should be!
Take them Off the Floor
The first step to dealing with all the shoes you’ve amassed over the years is to take them off the floor! If you have shoes piling up your closet floor, this can be very chaotic and unsightly.
Do yourself a favour: pick them up off the floor and arrange them nicely on a rack, shelves or a stand. This will make a huge difference visually and make it that much easier to take stock of what you own. After all, shoes can be pricey investments and deserve to be taken care of so they’ll last you for many years to come.
Use a Ladder Shoe Shelf
If you’re looking for a cute and chic way to display your shoes, consider investing in ladder shelves. These shelving styles are trendy in modern home décor and can add character to your shoe collection by beautifully showcasing them. These shelving units come in various finishes such as dark or light wood that can match up nicely with existing décor for a cohesive look.
Use Clear Shoe Boxes in the Closet
Another savvy tip for organizing your shoes is to use clear shoe boxes or containers to showcase your shoes while still keeping them encased and protected. It can be difficult to find what shoes you’re looking for if you tend to store your shoes in regular shoeboxes. With clear shoeboxes, you won’t have to go through so many boxes to find what you need, and it will make getting dressed a lot faster and easier.
Try Stackable Shoe Bins
If you have a collection that seems to be never-ending or you just enjoy collecting shoes, you might like the option of stackable shoe bins. These usually come as transparent boxes for easy access when sorting or trying to find a particular pair.
Perhaps you want to keep your shoe collection private or don’t like the look of having them out in the open. You can always opt to store your shoes discreetly in enclosed wardrobes or cabinets if that sounds like you. Some cabinets have compartments perfect for shoes, which can be closed up when not used for storage. Jazz it up with some floral vases or picture frames on top to still showcase your personality without being overt.
Keep Boots Upright
Are you tired of seeing your tall winter boots slumped over in a corner? It can be a total eyesore. Keep all your boots standing upright by rolling up old newspapers and stuffing them inside to help them retain their shape. You can also purchase boot shapers online or in a variety of local stores. Storing your boots standing will save space, help them last longer, and make them easier to organize.
Use Shoes as Décor
If you consider your shoes a work of art, you may already be doing this. Showcase your most prized pairs — such as flashy high heels — on the top of your closet shelves so you can enjoy their beauty without even having to wear them!
Sort by Category
One of the most basic rules of organizing is to sort like with like. The same goes for your shoes. Keep shoes together by their type — high heels, boots, sneakers, etc. — and it will be much easier for you when trying to find a pair. You might even want to go the extra mile and colour coordinate your shoes — or entire wardrobe — for a truly gorgeous closet.
If you find that you simply don’t have enough space or storage for your shoe collection, you can opt to rent out an offsite storage location to store your seasonal pieces or least worn shoes. The plus side is that this will most likely give you enough storage space to keep other items or wardrobe pieces.
If you are in the business of selling your used clothes or thrift items, separate storage space is an ideal place to store things until you can move them on. Think of it as a mini-warehouse for your up and coming business.
Clean Shoes Before Storing
Always give your shoes a good clean and shine before putting them away in storage. This ensures that they will be in pristine condition when you choose to take them out again. Your shoes might need to be cleaned with different products — depending on the material — so always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning and care.
With these easy storage hacks, your shoe collection will be the star of the show wherever you choose to keep it. After all, shoes are like art and are meant to be shown off on more than just your feet!
For more tips and tricks for storing and making room for your shoe collection, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-745-4339 or contact us here.