“Out of sight, out of mind” might be your shoe storage solution. But with a few pointers on proper storage, you can keep your shoes looking their best and help them last longer.
Shoe Organization Ideas for Your Daily Drivers
Designating an area for shoes that see near-daily action can make those mornings where you’re rushing out the door less hectic. You don’t have to spend precious minutes searching for your work/school/all-purpose footwear. However, it’s a good idea to have a separate area for wet shoes to dry out. That could be a spot in the garage or a mat just inside the door – somewhere well-ventilated and dry. Make sure any wet items are completely dry before storing them to avoid issues with mold or unpleasant smells.
How to Store Your Seasonal Shoes
Divide and conquer that unruly pile of shoes in your closet. Tossing them all together on the floor can lead to scuffs and scrapes. Rotate your winter boots from the back of the closet to the front when the weather makes them your frequent footwear. Your flip flops won’t mind lounging in the back.For speciality or designer shoe options, refer to the product information on whether climate controlled storage is required.
Bent Boots (and Other Form Factors)
Like us, when shoes are inactive for a while, they can get out of shape. Longer boots will fold over on themselves, and if they’re left that way, permanent lines or creases can form. Fortunately, you have a number of options to help those boots battle their self-destructive tendencies.
- Racks: If you have more than a couple of pairs of boots, a boot rack can keep them off the ground and in great shape. Plus, you can save storage space. Simply hang the boot rack in a standard closet and place your boots in the rack and you’re done.
- Boot Shapers: When you have one or two pairs or you want to keep them grounded, boot shapers are a popular choice. You can purchase boot shapers online, in-store, or you could opt to DIY in a variety of ways. Pool noodles or wine bottles are just a few ways to help keep your boots in shape.
- Boot Boxes: A number of retailers carry a wide range of solutions like clear boot boxes that make it easy to stack, store, and see which pair is where. Other shoes like flip flops and sandals are pretty resilient, but there are still tons of fun ways to corral your collection. Consider plate racks or hangers to help organize your summer footwear. For sneakers and shoes of similar shapes and sizes, consider a shoe rack or cabinet that can be found at most local retailers. Shoe racks are usually affordable and a great way to help your sneakers organized and on point.
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