- Think of the activity you’d wear each pair of shoes for, so that when it’s time for you to head out for that event, you know exactly where to look.
Following the recent hike in clothing and footwear, some find it difficult to purchase new ones. Read this article to learn how to store your footwear.
Footwear in this article includes shoes, boots, sneakers, heels and sandals.
1. Resist Keeping Your Shoes On The Floor
When storing shoes, your first instinct may be to hurl them on the floor of your closet. This is the wrong way to go about it.
It makes your shoes harder to find when everything is flopped over each other in a big space. They’re also more likely to get beat up when you’re constantly moving pairs aside in search for your favorite flip flops.
If you insist on sticking with the floor plan, though, implement some basic shoe organization.
“Don’t throw them in a heap,” says Sharon Lowenheim of NYC-based Organizing Goddess. “Line them up nicely. You paid money for them, so treat them well.”
But as you’ll see, there’s much more you can do to keep your shoe collection tidy.
2. Avoid Storing Shoes In Wire Racks
After you move past the floor-heap option, your next thought is likely a shoe rack — one of those wire contraptions you can find in home goods stores. That’s also a bad call.
“Every time I see clients with those metal shoe racks that are tiered, I throw those away,” says Aron. “They don’t store everything, and they always get pushed to the back anyway. They get in the way of the clothes that are hanging.”
Wire racks are also a nightmare for certain types of shoes (almost anything with a heel), so really, they’re more trouble than they’re worth.
3. Sort Shoes Into Categories
Before you start implementing any new shoe storage solutions or schemes, organize your shoes into groups. First, divide your shoes into two categories:
- The shoes you wear all the time
- The shoes you wear less frequently
The ones you wear less frequently (think stilettos or snow boots) should be stored, as Aron puts it, “up high and far away.”
Now it’s time to categorize the remaining everyday shoes even further. Similar styles should stick together. Shoes you wear to work should be in one group. Shoes you’d wear out to dinner might be in another group, and shoes suited for doing a lot of walking could be in a third group.
Think of the activity you’d wear each pair of shoes for, so that when it’s time for you to head out for that event, you know exactly where to look.
4. Assess Whether You Need A Separate Shoe Storage Solutuin Or Not
Some people collect shoes the same way grandmas supposedly collect Christmas sweaters. Maybe you’re one of those people. If you are, then you know that telling shoe enthusiasts they need to pare down their stash isn’t going to do anything.
But since closets have limited storage space, think about whether you realistically need to invest in a separate storage solution for shoes.
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