I have trouble with storage, and with organising.
1. Purge the collection.
Purge, ladies, purge! It really will make it easier to find the ones you’ve got.
- If they’re broken/waiting to be repaired and it’s been 6 months or more – let em go.
- If they’re uncomfortable, tight, too loose, have just never fit – let em go.
- If you have multiple pairs of the same type of shoe, and you only wear one or two – let some go.
- If you’ve changed your style and no longer wear certain footwear you used to – let em go. (I suppose there may come a day when I don’t wear platforms…and weeping, I’ll throw out at least half my collection).
I ended up throwing 5 pairs of shoes out. Some were broken – I had to realise I would never get them fixed.
2. Look for storage space.
- Find a place in your home that suits you, and which is large enough to house your collection.
- Actually walk around your home and look for options/possible wasted spaces.
There just wasn’t room in my bedroom and wardrobe, and they’d keep spilling out all over the floor, tripping up my poor hubby when going to bed. And making it a nightmare to find the right pair when I needed them.
3. Think laterally.
- Maybe the bedroom isn’t the best place for YOU.
- Maybe you have current storage options that you’re using for something else.
- It could be a bookshelf that currently houses books.
- It might be the oven, if you don’t cook (channelling Carrie Bradshaw here).
- If you get rid of old appliances/furniture etc you’ve “been meaning to throw out” you might find the space for your glorious shoes.
- You could even use the back of a door (or several doors) and use those canvas hanging racks.
I was looking at my deep shelving unit in the spare room that currently held my hats, hat blocks, millinery and craft books and asssorted crafty materials. I realised that if I could move a lot of that stuff elsewhere, the shelves were high enough to store my boots, without them being folded over. GREAT! Do you have a shelving unit or bookcase that could be used in this way?
4. When enough isn’t enough.
Maybe you’ve already figured out what works for you, but it’s not quite big enough. Add to it.
I had a few paltry levels to my shoe rack that just weren’t cutting it. I went out today to my local shopping centre and bought more wooden shoe racks ($8.99 each at Go Lo). I assembled them, and now the rack stands about the same height as me!
- Group the shoes/boots in a way that makes sense to you
- Make it aesthetically pleasing (think of it as an artwork, perhaps)
Both from a visual and organisational perspective, I decided to group the shoes in certain ways. I kept the biggest platform shoes together, kept the black or black and white together, metallics together, and kept similar colours together. Sporty shoes, espadrilles, summer flip flop sandals, went to the bottom. The boots on the deep shelves, I put the ankle and calf boots together, and the knee high ones on the top shelf.
I suppose some pictures are in order, eh? Well, here they come….
So now, even if the rest of the flat is disorganised, and even if the rest of my life is disorganised, at least my shoes aren’t. Next on the agenda…polishing the scuffed ones, and taking a few to the bootmaker to be reheeled.
Some products you could use to organise your shoes:
- The shoe racks I used are the timber ones, seen on this page from Lasoo.
- Howards Storage World (which I LOVE) have these canvas ones for the wardrobe.
- Get Price has many options, one of which is this amazing 36 pair behind door shoe rack in steel and plastic, 185cm by 61 cm (that’s 6 feet long by 2 feet wide for the non-metrics out there!)
- There’s a plethora of shoe storage options at Global Market.
- My Shoe Storage has a shoe wheel!!! very different, and has a Rakkido version which is fun for kids.
- The Storage Shop has a shoe storage range too, including the above wheel, traditional chrome racks, canvas ones, ones that revolve, ones that are stackable…
- Benji Box has great clear plastic shoeboxes (as well as great ccessories like boot shapers to keep your boots upright, and drawstring shoe bags for when travelling)
- Pink Lily does clear shoe boxes too, and an entire wardrobe kit!
- Lifespace has the ususal storage mentioned above, as well as over the door hanging hooks
Some blogs/websites on organising, to get you inspired:
- Lisanne Oliver has a blog with great tips, a webstore and some fab before-and-afters.
- Organising Tips is the blog of Organising Queen, Marcia Francois.
- Super Kawaii Mama has a great post on an overall wardrobe organising project that I just found
- Kat and Kaboodle offers Top Ten Tips in wardrobe organising from a professional organiser
- Howards Storage World has this video on an organised bedroom.