Shoe Organizers and Cubbies - Find the Right Shoe Organizer
Organization Equals Time Well Spent
Organizing your shoes in your closet will save you space and time. You will save space because you won't have a giant pile growing in your closet on the floor where possibly another item could fit if your shoes were organized. Second and maybe more important, you will save time finding your shoes. They won't be under the bed, they won't be under a pile of clothes, they won't be where you last took them off. You will now have a specialized and organized place to put your shoes! Imagine being in a hurry in the morning getting ready to go out the door and you cannot find the shoes you want to wear! No more with one of these solutions to your shoe storage problems. There are several solutions for organizing your shoes from low-cost metal organizers to upscale closet design with built-in shoe holes.
Over The Door Shoe Organizers
Over the Door Style Shoe Organizers
One of the most popular styles are the over the door shoe organizers. These take advantage of the space right near the door that often is unused when the closet door is closed. In addition, they are typically not made of expensive materials like wood, so they fall in the low end of the cost range for these organizers. Similar to these in cost and construction are hanging shoe holders, which do take up space on the hanging rods in the closet and more closet space.
Another traditional solution is the free standing shoe rack. These often hold the shoe on a small rail that puts the shoe in a vertical position and will create vertical space even on a single layer rack.
Cubby Hole Organizers
There are a host of solutions for organizing shoes. Let's start with the lower cost solutions. There are over the door organizers that fit over the top of a door and hang down on the space that would not be seen when the door is closed.
Next idea is a shoe cubby. These are more open storage, and are again, lower cost than a shoe cabinet. Make sure if you are buying a cubby to find one with slots that are large enough for the shoes you want to store, especially if you are using this for the man of the house. They come in a number of colors and sizes. Don't forget to make a vertical measure as well as a horitonzal measure for a good fit in the space you allocate for the cubby. We used a white cubby style holder for our young daughter, but now that she's older, and depending on the type of shoe, only one shoe fits in a cubby hole so be prepared to be flexible with this piece of furniture after your purchase it.
Perhaps you would like make a shoe cubby yourself, an upcycle project out of cardboard boxes. Watch this excellent video to learn how.
Make a Shoe Organizer from Cardboard
Shoe cabinets fall in the other end of the spectrum. These can be inexpensive, with simple white cabinets made of laminate over particle board, but there are also fine pieces of furniture that cost several hundred dollars. This is the type of furniture that can be featured in a closet or bedroom decor. My friend had her closet redone by California Closets and it included a beautiful area for her shoes. Many new homes have large closets with built-in shoe cubbies and shelves for storage.
Of course many folks will use shoe organizers in other rooms of the home. You can store crafts, use them in the garage for odds and ends, or storing the kids small toys up and off the floor as well as actually storing their shoes.
Finally, some folks have come up with a very non-traditional uses for shoe organizers. One of the more popular these days it to use a shoe organizer as a vertical herb garden.
DIY Shoe Holder
Again for the do-it-yourselfer, this video shows you how to transform a space storing a pile of shoes into shelves storing your shoes. Listen closely to the music, it's quite amusing!