I have greatly appreciated your ideas about organizing the house. My pressing problem is SHOES at the front door. I have trained everyone to take off their shoes as they walk in, but this means we always have this mess. The space is very narrow. Do you have any ideas for me? I’d really appreciate your help.
Let’s talk shoes! This reader needs somewhere to “contain” all their family shoes. Containing these shoes will reign them in and keep them from spreading out all over the floor. They need a designated space. I think I’ve come up with a variety of practical solutions that just might work in this limited space. As I don’t know all this reader’s preferences or budget, I’m hoping one of these will meet their needs. Clicking on the link under each picture will take you to where I found the item online.
First up. A quick and easy solution is this shoe caddy that can be placed by the door and the shoes thrown in. It doesn’t hold a lot of shoes though.
Width 30″, Height 12″, Depth 13″
Next option is a shoe organizer that holds many shoes but does generate some visual clutter.
Width 24″, Height 31.5′, Depth 12″
This one below holds 12 shoes with a bonus bench for sitting on to put those shoes on. Because the doors close, the visual clutter is minimized.
Height 19.5″, Width 29.5″, Depth 11.5″
If more room is required then a cabinet similar to the one above but with two drawers is an excellent choice with double the amount of shoe capacity.
Height 34″, Width 29.5″ x Depth 11.5″
Or, for even more shoes, we have the 3 drawer shoe cabinet. Notice that with this choice, as well as the one above, she will have the top shelf to use for a key basket, mail basket, purse, etc…
Height 48″, Width 30″, Depth 11.5″
Finally we have the narrowest of all the choicest but it also doesn’t hold as many shoes as some of the choices above. However since space is of a premium here, this might be the best fit with only a 6″ depth!
Height 53.5″, Width 19 3/4″, Depth 6″
As always there are so many different solutions to one organizing dilemma. Many questions need to be answered by this family in order to help determine and narrow down which solution will work the best for them. Questions such as:
1. How many pairs of shoes are required to be stored?
2. The width of the space and what will comfortably fit.
3. Is visual clutter a problem?
4. Anything else need a home at the entryway?
5. Ease of use?
This is a picture of the shoe storage I use for my kids. It is what I call their backpack station. As you can see I’ve added another shelf from the original picture and now also store the bike helmets there for quick and easy access. I myself would prefer something with doors on it but I find with kids, the less steps the better.
I’m anxious to hear what works for this reader. Hope it helps someone else as well.
Finding a shoe solution was the easy part, getting the kids to actually use it is a whole other problem all together….lol. I’m still working on that one with my kids.