Our Simplest Shoe Organizing Tricks

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Conquer clutter with these smart ideas for storing shoes. Each easy (and stylish!) solution helps you stash your favorite footwear by utilizing items you already own.

Pipe Dream

Eliminate entryway clutter by morphing the space below a bench into a fashionable hub for shoes. Short, stacked sections of PVC pipe are the perfect size for housing a pair of shoes. 

Below the Bench

The cure for an overburdened closet? Accessible shoe storage in the form of a bench. This clever furniture piece stashes shoes, hangs coats, and provides seating.

Transform a Serving Tray

Serving trays aren't just for the kitchen anymore. Slide a favorite wooden or plastic tray between shelves to stash flats, flip-flops, and other smaller shoes.

Ladder Levels

The slim design of a ladder shelf proves convenient and compact to stash your favorite pairs of shoes. Easily store flats, sneakers, and pumps, all while adding an eye-catching display of open storage.

Swap in Sliding Shelves

Rather than splurge on a bulky built-in, update an existing storage unit with slide-out shelves. An adjustable shoe rack makes it easy to configure a spot for even your tallest pair of boots.

Running out storage space in your bedroom? Look under the bed! Old dresser drawers will turn this underutilized space into smart storage. Watch and learn how easy it is.

Clever Underbed Storage You Can Make

Slide shoes out of sight with DIY underbed storage made from a salvaged drawer. Watch and learn how easy it is!

Open and Close

Keep all of your kids' essentials in one spot. A shallow dresser drawer is the perfect space for their small shoes and socks. 

Bank on Baskets

When all else fails, use baskets for a quick way to store footwear right where it gets kicked off. Slide the baskets under an entryway table or nearby bench to keep shoes out of sight.

Hang It Up

A towel rack mounted to the back of a door or cabinet can double as shoe storage. Mount sneakers, slippers, or sandals with metal S-hooks. This storage solution is also perfect for drying out shoes that got caught in the rain.

Cute Cubbyholes

Cubbyholes are a great for stocking (and showing off!) shoes. Use store-bought dividers to create closet shoe storage with cubbies, or utilize your home's existing built-in shelving. Try color-coding shoes for an eye-catching storage solution. 

Lots of Labels

Do shoes keep clogging up your entryway? Label a shoe rack with each family member's name to limit how many pairs of shoes they can keep downstairs. Designate a few spots for guests, too.  

Outfit a Plate Rack

Easily store flats, sneakers, and pumps (with heels pointed out) on a plate rack. The slim fixture is perfect for apartments or homes that lack storage space. 

Stuff a Storage Bench

Stash away shoes inside cute front-of-bed seating. Rows of shoe pouches cut from a back-of-door organizer and stapled into a storage bench make finding your favorite pair a cinch.

Sweet Slippers

Bare feet in the morning? No thanks. Park your favorite patterned tray in an out-of-the-way bathroom corner to house your coziest pairs of slippers.


Reclaim a Bookcase

An existing bookcase or end table is the perfect place for shoes. Hanging shelf dividers and a galvanized tray keep boots upright and off the floor, while short sections of PVC pipe hold pairs on the shelf above.

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