Shoe Storage Solutions

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Here are some fantastic shoe storage solutions and decluttering strategies! I love shoes, and I love organizing...I love organizing shoes!

shoe organization

One of my weaknesses is shoes. Yes, I am a professional organizer, but I'm also human (and female)! I find really cute shoes at bargain prices...honestly, they find me. :)

I have found some creative ways to store shoes even in small spaces, and I've shared them below.

The following shoe storage solutions will help clear the closet clutter, ensure that you can find what you need when you need it, and keep your footwear in better condition. Enjoy!

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Shoe Storage Solutions: The Organizing Process

Utilize the general organizing procedure of purge, sort and store and use it for shoe organization.


  • Pick up ONE pair of shoes at a time and decide if it is worth keeping. In order to accomplish this, ask yourself appropriate questions (Do I still wear these? Are they in good condition? Are they still in style? Do they hurt my feet?).
  • As you make decisions, put the item in the corresponding pile, bag or box - Keep, Donate, Trash. **Don't forget to record your donations for tax purposes.**
  • Take out the trash, and put the donations in your car. This hinders the possibility of undoing your hard shoe organizing work.

shoe organizationSee how easy it is to access shoes stored in a canvas bin?!


  • Now that you have gotten rid of all the unnecessary and unwanted shoes, the focus is on what's left. Divide up what remains into categories and put like with like (i.e. sandals, boots, sneakers).


  • If you have enough room in your clothing closet to hold all of your shoes, then great! 

shoe organizationThese are elfa shelves from The Container Store in my client's closet, and they hold almost all of his shoes.

shoe organizationThis cabinet from Overstock is the perfect shoe storage solution for my client's entryway.

  • Another option, if you're short on space, is to put your out-of-season shoes (like winter boots) in another room like the basement, attic or garage.

shoe organization

**If you like the above shoe storage solution, then you'll love the easy-to-implement organizing ideas here!**


Get into the habit of putting away your shoes every day and promote this behavior to others in your household. This keeps your home more organized and clean as well as prevents catastrophes like the dog getting a hold of your nice black stilettos.

Another idea that I consider every time I buy a pair of shoes is whether or not I have a pair like it. If I do, I'll think twice about spending the money and allowing more stuff into my life. If I don't, I'll pick out a pair of shoes to give away when I get home, so that my purchase REPLACES instead of ADDS TO what I own.

Shoe Storage Solutions: The Organizing Products

Shoe organizers are a must! Check out these products for maximizing your space.

Drop-Front Shoe Box
This is a shoe organizing dream! Utilize all of that vertical space in your closet by stacking these shoe storage boxes and storing stuff inside. The drop-front makes it easy to access your items.

Revolving Shoe Tree
In this corner, taking up only 1 square foot of space, is the shoe tree!! This creative item is easy to assemble and eliminates the shoe piles that seem to just appear around the house.

Open Canvas Bin
I use open bins LIKE these to hold casual, flat shoes like slippers, sandals, and so on. (The actual bin I use is from The Container Store but they don't always have them, so here are similar ones.)

Under Bed Shoe Storage
Organize and protect your shoes with these sturdy organizers. They hold multiple pairs of shoes and fit nicely under the bed or in the bottom of the closet.

Shoe Cubbies
If you have the space, shoe cubbies are great storage solutions. Some of them double as entryway seating, and others can be stacked.

Flip Flop Hanger
This door shoe organizer holds flip flops and takes up minimal space. Take a look!

Shoe Storage Furniture
Looking for a shoe storage bench for your entryway or mudroom? Look at these top-rated shoe organizers!

Over-The-Door Shoe Organizers
One of my favorite shoe storage solutions is the over door shoe organizer. This product doesn't take up any hanging space or floor space. Check out these top-rated closet shoe organizers!

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