DIY shoe storage tips

2015-09-30 06:00
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Use space saving over-the-door pocket bags.

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STORING footwear on the cupboard floor only works if you have three or four pairs of shoes.

Because you’re only dealing with a handful, you still have the patience to straighten them often and make sure that your cupboard is kept neat and tidy.

But, once you start accumulating heels, wedges, sandals, pumps, running shoes and boots, etc. you’re going to need a more “sophisticated” storage system and the discipline to put them away as soon as you take them off.

Taking the time to organise your shoes in a smart fashion not only gives you more space, it also saves you time and money. You might not own a walk-in wardrobe just yet but, with a bit of imagination you could create that dream shoe closet you’ve always wanted. Here’s how.

Shelve it

Retail stores have mastered the art of displaying shoes on shelves, so take a leaf out of their book. Think of open shelves as a runway, a catwalk where you can show off your footwear.

For that something extra, weave fashionable accessories like handbags, sunglasses and jewellery into your presentation. And for a stunning exhibition, put only your best shoes on display. Colour code your statement heels, pumps and cross trainers or organise them by style. Alternatively, slot brightly coloured shoes in between your neutral-toned ones.

Whatever you choose to do, space your shoes evenly and keep them aligned neatly. This will give your shoe shelf a chic and organised look.

Whether you have a built-in bookcase, floating shelves, a DIY cubbyhole or a rustic but chic ladder, open shelves work for most shoe designs.

Out of sight possibilities

Unlike open displays, hide-away storage doesn’t have to be pretty, just ingenious.

Accommodate knee-high boots, evening shoes or flip flops with space-saving over-the-door pocket bags or storage racks. Or, if you’re handy with a mallet, hammer in some hooks on the inside of a cupboard door and hang your shoes by the lip, straps or shoe laces. You could also use the same hooks to string up your shoes, garland style.

Or simply pack your shoes under the bed in a durable canvas bag. There’s also the ottoman bench option, which comes with cubbyholes or drop-down shelving. If you own an ottoman without compartments, cut out your own from a box.

Box it

If you’re thinking of adopting the “box it” system, you’re going to have to put a little bit more effort into setting things up.

This type of arrangement involves labelling the original or substitute boxes for easy identification. Ideally, you want to use uniform boxes so that you have a neat look, or cover whatever boxes you have in the same wrapping paper.

Before you start cataloguing, remember that simply tagging the boxes with handwritten labels isn’t sufficient as you want to create a high visibility system. To achieve this, you’ll have to take a picture of the shoes and use the image to “brand” the box.

Once you’re done, stack the boxes on a shelf, in the closet or in a designated shoe corner.

Whether you have 10 pairs or 100, making shoe storage a priority will restore order and structure in your home, save you time, money and a world of frustration.

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