How to Organize Your Shoes

Closet space vs number of shoes! When your love of shoes surpasses the capacity to organize them in one place!

Whenever I do a closet re-org and we start on the shoes It’s not uncommon to hear ‘’I forgot I had those’’ or ‘’I’ve been looking for those for weeks”!  Amazing how easily shoes can hide in closet!

Sometimes the solution is right in front of you, but because you are used to how things have always been you can’t see it. If you’re stuck, contact me, even if you live outside the area I can do a virtual closet assessment. 🙂

In the meantime, here are some solutions that worked for my clients, perhaps one might work for you.

ADD SHELVES: My client just moved into her new home, it’s the first time she has had a closet big enough for all of her clothes and all of her shoes! She loves fashion and always has the perfect shoe for the outfit.  Lets face it, it’s all about the shoe, but if you can’t find it when you need it your what’s the point? Check your closet, is there any unused space that you can get creative with?  We had her handyman create shoe cubbies by attaching shelves from the wall to the existing closet system. Happy making!

New Built in Shelves for Closet Re-Org

Shoe shelves added to closet to keep flats & sandals organized.

RE-PURPOSE A BOOKCASE: When I organized Lisa’s closet, she had an empty bookcase stored in the back of her closet and shoes scattered all over the floor, I adjusted a few shelves and Voile!

Unused Bookcase for Shoe Shelves

Bookcase shelves added for shoe storage.

STACKABLE SHOE SHELVES:  I love this solution, because it is an easy fix, it keeps shoes organized so that you can see them and it’s easy to maintain. These are Container Store Flat Wire Stackables.

Stackable Shoe Shelves

Stack or not on the shelf above and on the floor below.


CLEAR SHOE BOXES: I love this solution because it keeps your shoes dust free and you can easily stack them however high you are willing to go (I suggest no higher than 3). Sterilite storage bins are my fave. Don’t forget to label them! My client Elaine is an artist, so we just stuck sticky notes on the boxes until she could create some fun labels. For flexible labeling I use Self adhesive business card holders, insert a card with the name and replace when you finally get rid of those stilettos and replace with a ”sensible” heel! 🙂

Shoe Bins - Closet Makover

  8 comments for “How to Organize Your Shoes

  1. Nancy Girard
    January 12, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Love all the different affordable options.


    • January 13, 2018 at 10:34 am

      Thanks Nancy! Getting organized doesn’t have to break the bank. 🙂


  2. annranson291
    January 13, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Nancy, these are such great, easy and affordable solutions. Keep your great ideas coming!


  3. Juliette
    January 13, 2018 at 8:15 am

    I have new closets to figure out. Thanks for the tips!


    • January 13, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Glad I could help Juliette. Good luck with your new closets!


  4. Rosie Brown
    January 13, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Very clever ideas. I recently moved house & found some of my long stored shoes, which I was sure would be ‘useful’ in the future, had actually started to disintegrate in the cupboard – shame on me! Should have reorganised long before. These great ideas will help me keep my shoe store up to date & in good order. Thank you.


    • January 13, 2018 at 10:30 am

      You are welcome Rosie! Shoes and clothes sometimes end up with ”mystery” things like disintegrating linings, spots, holes! Even if you don’t do a total closet re-org, you should definitely do a quick run through a couple times a year. Sounds like you will now. 🙂


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