Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday Motivation: Organize my shoes

Now that the weather is cooler and we have to wear real shoes we have to deal with what to do with all of those shoes. Many homes have the simple rule of removing shoes when entering the house. It makes sense to leave the dirt and grime at the door. Floor care experts recommend this to cut down on wear and tear of the flooring. Health care experts recommend this to cut down on the germs and contaminants that travel in on the footwear.

If you're lucky, you have a mud room or foyer to keep your shoes in. If you're like most people, though, you have an entrance right into your home where the shoes pile up. As I've worked with different clients, I've had to create different types of organizing systems for shoes. Let me tell you about a few of them.

1. A small bench in the hall that stores shoes on a bottom shelf.

2. A basket next to the door where all of the shoes are stored.

3. A door mat or tray to hold wet shoes and boots.

4. An over-the-door pocket organizer holds children's shoes perfectly.

5. Shoe cubbies, like the picture above, hold several pairs of shoes.

6. A small chest of drawers can hold shoes as well as mittens, hats, etc. The top surface also acts as a place to hold keys and cell phones.

7. A small truck or toy box holds shoes and works as a place to sit and put shoes on.

8. A book shelf holds the shoes themselves or baskets to store the shoes in. It also holds backpacks, keys, baskets of mittens etc.

How do you organize the shoes in your home?

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