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Stylish (Affordable) Shoe Storage

Updated on September 24, 2015

Narrow Spaces

I went from living in 950 square feet to a meager 504 this spring. I have quickly learned how to use vertical- and really- ANY space I can manage to find! Living with narrow spaces and very little square footage makes every inch of floor invaluable. Especially when you're number one enemy is clutter! I try my best to keep storage against walls, in small nooks, and up high- mostly to avoid that claustrophobic elevator-esque feeling.

The Search

My past few visits to HomeGoods consistently led my gaze to these wall mail organizers. I might spend the going rate (about $24.99) on one of these beauties in a rush of impulse, but I'd much rather wait out the clearance section.

Luckily, on my last trip to the store, I stumbled upon this white metal mail organizer. "Stumbled" may be too graceful of a word. It was stuck underneath a pile of clearance items. I had to dig for this one! But, it was well worth it. Originally $19.99, I paid only $8.00! Definitely check the clearance section FIRST! It can't hurt, right?

This one had a small scratch on the face of an envelope- the reason it was on clearance. I didn't even notice until after I hung it. If you find one that's a little out of shape- simply spray paint it!

Sometimes, we don't have the time to get to the store and hunt for sales or clearance items.

I totally understand. If you love this idea, but have a sardine-packed schedule, do a quick search online instead. Here are some places to check online and compare prices: Amazon, eBay, Target, The Container Store, Etsy.

1. Measure it

Make sure to measure the wall area you're using, and the width of the mail organizer.

I made sure to center it on the wall, too. To do this, subtract the width of the organizer from the width of the wall, then divide the result by 2.

Let's say you have 30 inches of wall space and the organizer is 18 inches wide: 30 - 18 = 12. Then divide: 12 ÷ 2 = 6. So that leaves 6 inches on either side of the organizer. Now you can measure 6 inches in from each side of the wall, and gently mark with pencil.

For tight spaces, be sure to measure the depth.

I also made sure to measure the depth of the organizer (see image above). I wanted to be sure it wouldn't jut out too far, since it was going up right before the bathroom doorway. Depending on the space you choose, this may or may not be an issue.

This piece was the perfect fit for this space. It doesn't stick out any further than the trim on the bathroom door. Also, my fiancé is majorly klutzy, so I try my best to come up with solutions that won't endanger him any more than he is prone.

I am a HUGE fan of over-the-door hangers, too. As you can see- there's one on the outside of the door, as well on the inside. The inside hooks were a quick fix for hanging bathroom towels!

2. Mark it & Drill

Materials for Drywall:

  • drill
  • flathead screws
  • plastic drywall anchors
  • drill bit
  • mallet (or hammer)

Materials for Stud:

  • screws
  • drill

Depending on the organizer, the hanging hardware may vary.

My organizer had 2 keyhole hangers on the top (image above), and then I added 2 screws (with anchors) through openings near the bottom (image below).

Make sure to mark the wall with a pencil and measure as accurately as possible. I always mark an "X" and hold the drill perpendicular to the floor. Otherwise, you'll end up with crooked screws!

I used a 7/32 drill bit for the anchor holes, then hammered the anchors in with a mallet. You can use a hammer to do this, but be gentle- plastic anchors can easily split or break.

Then, I drilled 2 inch flathead dry wall screws into the anchors, leaving the screws sticking out about 1/16 inch. After I hung the organizer, I marked 2 spaces near the bottom (through the openings of the metal pattern) and repeated the process.

My favorite part of this piece was the 4 hooks on the bottom- more STORAGE! I have the tiniest closet to share with my fiancé, so any extra hanging space is thrilling!
My favorite part of this piece was the 4 hooks on the bottom- more STORAGE! I have the tiniest closet to share with my fiancé, so any extra hanging space is thrilling!

Small Spaces Conquered

Here, you can see my bathroom doorway (to the left) and the small space between my closet and bed (to the right). I am SO thankful for the mirrored doors on the closet- no worries about trying to find room for a full-length mirror!

But just imagine, HALF of that closet is my entire wardrobe. Basically, half of a standard closet rod is what I have to hang clothes. Seems impossible, right? Not for me! I'm an organizational nerd: always researching and brainstorming new ideas.

With this shoe storage and the bottom hooks, it makes having little closet space SO much easier! Hopefully this idea helps, or at the very least, inspires your organizational creativity!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Voted up. My wife is always looking for some way to keep the shoes up and out of the way.