So I bought a new friend, a lovely new shoe tree friend. She was only $20 in a discount store (Fields for those of you in Canada) so I just couldn’t pass her up. These go for a lot more in specialty organizing shops for sure. Besides she called my name when I walked by and I could tell she was lonely.
I originally thought I’d put her in my bedroom closet for my dress shoes because there wasn’t any room in my entryway closet. However I’d really rather have all my most frequently worn shoes in the entryway closet as that’s where I need them as I’m walking out the door. It just makes sense.
I forgot to take a before picture of the entry closet before I got started but here is an old picture. However see those empty shelves on the tall white shelf? Well just imagine them stuffed full of shoes instead because that’s what ended up happening. With 5 people in the house and a daughter that now wears the same size shoe as I do, shoes were everywhere.
The shoes were piled up on top of one another and it wasn’t ideal because shoes would get pretty dirty that way. So I removed the white storage unit (I haven’t quite figured out what to do with it next) and added my brand new shoe tree instead.
Better right? We also did some shoe purging as well which definitely helped :) I’m using the shoe tree to hold mostly mine and my daughter’s dressier shoes for now. I love that it spins around for easy access!!
Unfortunately there’s a kicker though. This shoe tree is supposed to hold six pairs of shoes per ring for a total of 18 shoes all together. However I found I couldn’t fit all the shoes side by side without them bunching up and overlapping one another. So I had to leave a space between each pair which meant I could only get four pairs of shoes per ring for a total of 12 pairs of shoes. Still a decent amount in a small space though so I am happy with it so far. If you were storing all small kid’s shoes on it you could definitely use all the spaces I’m sure and store more.
You’ll notice that we also store shoes in different ways on either side of the shoe tree. We have the shelves on the left which hold quite a few and then my shoe organizer that hangs from the bar on the right. Whew, 5 people generate a lot of shoes!
Do you use a shoe tree in your house? What do you think of it?