Whether you’re someone who shops frequently or you just don’t have enough storage space, finding the right shoe organizer for shoes can be tricky. While shoes come in all shapes, colors and sizes to perfectly accessorize your outfit for any occasion, the variety of styles can make it difficult to keep your collection in order. If you’re constantly on the run, being able to find the shoes you’re looking for when you’re in a hurry is crucial.
So if you, like us, have spent too many hours rummaging through a closet for a matching shoe, you’ve been waiting a long time to find a shoe organization system that works in harmony with your everyday life. We spoke to four organization experts for their pro tips on how to organize (and show off!) all your favorite shoes. Below, we unbox eight space-saving shoe organization solutions that will get rid of the unorganized pile of shoes on your closet floor.
1. Donate or sell shoes you no longer wear
We know it’s hard to part with a pair of shoes. But if you haven’t worn them in a while, they actually take up valuable real estate in your closet, notes Corinne Morahan, CEO of Grid + Glam. Being able to give away or sell your shoes is a way to give them new life and create more room in your wardrobe. If you’re looking to sell items from your shoe collection, sites like thredup or TheRealReal are great online consignment stores that easily and permanently get rid of shoes that are no longer to your liking. To donate, look for local clothing donation centers, such as Goodwill, to pass on gently worn shoes to someone in need.
2. Double the space with shelf risers
Shelf risers are an effective way to double the amount of storage space you have on your closet shelves for storing shoes. “It’s a great way to display shoes and take advantage of that vertical space,” says Ashley La Fond, professional organizer and consultant for Open Spaces. “These work great for small children’s shoes, doubling the number you can store on a single shelf.”
3. Use stackable shoe bins
If you have an unused corner in your closet, you can fill the floor space with clear stackable shoe bins. “If you don’t have shelves in your closet, shoe bins can create a complete shoe display,” Corinne explains. “They fit most shoe sizes and can be stacked as high as you have room.”
4. Add floating shelves to maximize your wall space
Floating shelves are a great way to make more room in your closet and neatly display all your shoes. The most important thing to consider before buying floating shelves is their depth – make sure they’re at least 10 inches deep so your shoes can fit snugly without hanging off the shelf.
5. Invest in a shoe rack
“When you’re in a small space, you want to use vertical space,” Ashley explains. If you have room on your closet floor, add a shoe rack under all your hanging clothes. Before buying, measure the width of the inside of your closet so that you can purchase a shoe rack that fits perfectly into the space. If you have vertical space on a wall, a shoe tower can work to maximize storage in a tight space.
6. Place Storage Units in High Traffic Areas
If you live in a multi-person household, there is likely to be a trail of shoes around the entrance. To alleviate this problem, Michele Vig, founder and chief organizer of Neat Little Nest, recommends adding a two- or three-tier shoe storage unit to an entryway or mudroom to ensure that guests and household members place their shoes neatly when entering the space. A freestanding locker will keep shoes organized and provide easy access as you head out the door.
7. Swap your shoes depending on the season
The term wintering doesn’t just apply to your jerseys. Swapping your shoes seasonally is a strategic way to make more room in your wardrobe. Michaela Katz, co-founder of Twice as Organized, recommends under-bed shoe storage boxes to maximize your closet space and make room for the shoes you’re currently wearing. They also keep your off-season footwear safe and dust-free when not in use.
8. Try a hanging shoe rack for more storage
Our last shoe storage solution on the list is an oldie but a goodie in all things home organization. If you don’t have room on your closet shelves or on the floor, adding an over the door shoe rack is a simple and affordable way to create storage space that wasn’t there before. Lisa Jacobs, founder of Imagine It Done, further explains the usefulness of a hanging shoe organizer: “It’s a great solution for sneakers, sandals, and other flats.”