A couple of years ago we converted one of our bedrooms to our closet. This past weekend I started putting away the pastels, bright colors and sandals of Summer, in order to put out the earth tones, warm colors and boots of autumn.
I have a small dog whose favorite thing to do is to eat my shoes! So I needed to find a solution that would protect my shoes from her teeth, while also displaying my shoes in a way that makes getting dressed effortless. In all of my years of organizing, the most important thing to consider is that the system be easy to maintain, otherwise you are likely to revert to whatever is easier. For example, if you find yourself leaving clothes on the floor in your living room, why not put a beautiful lidded hamper that disguises the mess. Your brain will be happy because it will have a place to unload the clothes based on your natural behavior and your eyes will be happy because you won’t have to witness the mess. Similar, I like to keep blankets and pillows in my living room but instead of leaving them laying around, they live in a basket hamper where we can grab them when needed and put them away with ease.
Here is our shoe situation before I implemented our new storage solution:
Whenever I need a storage solution, the first place that I go is to The Container Store.
Here are the storage solutions I used:
Men’s Drop-Front Shoe Box. Available here.
Women’s Drop-Front Shoe Box. Available here.
Both the men’s and the women’s drop-font shoe boxes come in a bulk package for a discounted rate.
Finally, my husband loves a good hat, but he wasn’t storing his hats in a way that protected them and in a way that he could easily find whichever hat he was looking for.
Here is the before picture:
Here is the photo with the storage solution implemented:
I used the
Grey Drop-Front Sweater Boxes, available here.
About a year ago, I purchased this shelving unit from Amazon, and we use it to display our boots and oversized shoes that won’t fit in the boxes:
Before the shelves were kind of all over the place, as my only motivation was keeping my “good shoes” high up enough so that my dog couldn’t get to them. She never goes after my boots. So now the tall boots are on the bottom, the booties are in the middle and and the top, and a few of my favorite handbags are in the top shelves.
The top of the shelf is still used for the same purpose. Displaying our jewelry and other accessories.
I store out of season clothing in bins in our storage room, as I like to swap my clothes out (once in the Spring, and then in the Fall).