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Shoe storage in small spaces

Updated on March 25, 2015
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Anan is an online blogger and private consultant since 2009 in the areas of relationships and interfaith spirituality.

For those of us that have limited space, is important to come up with creative ideas to store our belongings.One of the most neglected items in our closet are our shoes.

Most people store their shoes according to the level of usage. For example, dress shoes go in the original boxes and athletic footwear on the floor of the closet.

Others purchase storage units like racks,shoe holders and shelving units.For those in a tight budget, with a knack for re purposing, is easy to find fun storage ideas to store away our shoes.

Under the bed cart

Never underestimate the space under the bed. A rolling cart is great for those that have a lot of casual footwear, like tennis shoes and flats. You could buy it or have fun making your own with a spare rack or wooden sheet and some furniture wheels.This can also be a great place to store kids shoes. Since they are small and easily reached by the little ones.

Bench with stoarge

Have a seat,take a load off and put away your shoes.A bench is perfect for this.

Wall board

This is for those that want to integrate their shoe collection as d├ęcor. Is not as uncommon as you may think. This also serves two purposes, accessibility and original wall decoration for a wall.

Good old top of the closet storage

Make use of those boxes. Take some pictures with your cell phone and paste them in the front,so that you know where your favorites shoes are all the time.

Corner ladder

I love this one. It has a different perspective on how to display shoes. If you are proud of your stilettos show them off!

Re purposing existing furniture

This is another one of my favorites. Most people have an existing piece of furniture that no longer serves for what it used to.Think outside of the box, and have fun making it your shoes new home. A cabinet or bookcase are great examples for organizing footwear.

Don't limit your imagination

If you have the will ,you will find a way to store your beloved shoes properly and have fun in the process. While saving money and space.


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      lucille12 2 years ago

      You will also will want to define the selection of footwear that will continue to keep on the rack.

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      Essie 3 years ago

      Whoever edits and pubslihes these articles really knows what they're doing.

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      Carlinda 3 years ago

      You're on top of the game. Thanks for shagnir.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Hi laura!

      I am so glad that this article help you in some way. I can relate to what you said. Visual aids are great time saving. The key is to work with what you have, minimize clutter and have fun in the process. Great job!

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      Laura Schneider 5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      ananceleste, this is so great! Just the other week I found a (purchased) solution for storing my shoes on the inside of my closet door using one of those pocket organizers--it holds 30 pairs of shoes (more than I own)! But now I wish I'd read your article first. For example, I'm definitely going to take photos of my shoes and post them on the outsides of each shoe pocket--I can never get ready to leave the house fast enough, I'm always looking for ways to expedite that silly process. Photos of the shoes are just the thing I need! Taking it a step further, I'll photograph and paste picture labels of the stuff in boxes on my top closet shelves and be that much closer to being organized. And, I'll take photos of which fancy/keepsake dress is in which hanging garment bag! So many possibilities you've inspired in me. Great hub! Voting up, sharing, etc. (I'm off to see what else you've written...)

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Hi teaches!

      I remember my mother having over 100 pairs of shoes, beautiful ones at that. She even had a special closet just for them. Is a girl thing. Thanks for commenting my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I like the wall rack and the cabinet best. Very creative yet a touch of style! I have too many shoes, so says my hubby, and do need to do something about their storage. Thanks for the ideas.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Hi Blossom!

      I am a very practical woman, but having tow teenager girls with a passion for shoes ,sparked my interest in coming up with solutions to deal with their shoes. In a way that wont drive me crazy.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Some great ideas here. We love to have a variety of shoes for different occasions, but where to keep them can be a problem - which you have solved very neatly.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Thanks Gail !

      In my case, necessity can be a great incentive. LOL!

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      Gail Meyers 5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      These are some great ideas! I still have my shoes lining the floor of my closet. lol Maybe it is time for me to try one of these ideas. Voted up!

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Thanks carol777,love to hear from you. Thank you so much.

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      Anan Celeste 5 years ago from California

      Hi sen.sush23 !

      Thank you for your comment sweetie! I hope you get more funky ideas and share them with us.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      You have some pretty nifty ideas here...Great photos and great job. Voting up and pinning.

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Useful Hub, Anan. I loved the some of the out-of -the -box ideas like the corner ladder and under the bed cart. Both these ideas are practical and yet funky and easy maintenance. Voted up and sharing.