I, like many women, have a fair number of shoes. Most of my shoes are what I consider to be the basic shoes for a woman who works in an office — brown boots, black boots, brown heels, brown flats, black heels, black flats, brown sandals, black sandals, house slippers, and athletic shoes. My collection contains two pairs of inexpensive, trendy shoes and one or two pairs that only match a specific outfit, but, on the whole, the basic shoes outnumber these. In total, I have 25 pairs of shoes.
Twenty-five pairs of shoes, when not properly contained, can make quite a bit of a mess and can cause a husband to mumble repeatedly about the sanity of his wife. Messes and mumbling husbands are not good for anyone, so having an organizational system for shoes is a must.
The floor of a closet can be the perfect place for storing shoes because often it isn’t a used space. (I love reclaiming under-utilized nooks and crannies in my house for efficient storage.) My shoe collection is contained in 19 small, 4 large, and 2 boot-size clear, plastic shoe boxes:
They’re stacked in a way that allows me to see into each box, so that I don’t waste time hunting for a pair. The boxes also keep the shoes from getting scuffed or my pets from gnawing on them.
If you typically get dressed in the dark while a partner sleeps, I would recommend adding a description to the outside of the box with masking tape or a printed label to keep hunting time to a minimum:
Another solution for those of you who are good at saving shoe boxes or who don’t want to shell out the money for clear boxes would be to fire up your digital camera. Photograph each of your pairs of shoes, print the photos on your ink jet color printer, and then tape the photo to the outside of the appropriate shoe box. Your life will be uncluttered, and you’ll save time getting dressed, too!
Some additional organizational tips concerning your shoes:
- To keep your numbers in check, make a policy that for every new pair of shoes that you buy that you get rid of an older pair that you no longer wear.
- With the start of each season, rearrange your shoe boxes so that your sandals are easily accessible during the summer and your boots are at the top during the winter.
- If seasonal arrangement isn’t your style, try organizing your shoes by color or heel height or date of purchase — the categorized system that makes sense to you is the system you should use.
And, as a parting thought, be sure to let your shoes air out for an hour before storing them so that your shoes don’t build up an odor during storage.