Updated: Mar 12
Welcome to TIP TUESDAY!!!
Each week, I'll be sharing a little organizing hack to help you tidy your home space and simplify your life!
So let's jump right into this week's tip, shall we!?!?
Does this scene look familiar?
Please tell me I'm not alone in this nightmare!! 😱
I mean, am I the only one who faces a pile of footwear as they enter their house?
I’m thrilled that my children (and biggest "kid", aka Mr. Organizen) actually listen to me when I tell them to not wear their shoes on the carpet (#momwin) B-U-T....
the messy mountain of shoes that’s expanding in my entryway is enough to make this lady lose her mind!
So I decided to do some research to figure out how to solve this terrible, problematic pile o’ shoes!
And before I reveal my final choice, I'd love to share with you some ideas that were the top contenders because maybe they can help you customize the perfect storage solution if you too are dealing with this messy problem-o!
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I first looked at this tote as a strong possibility because I thought the color would work well in my home, and it seemed easy to care for since you could wipe it off with a clean, damp cloth to keep it looking as good as new for a clean up after dirty shoes.
I also love this bench idea…this one is super cute, but I was not sure how I felt about the aesthetics of seeing the shoes out in the open in my foyer.
I feel like it might be better in a mudroom or garage or closet.
But man do I love that you can custom the cubby size to accommodate heels, tennies, and even boots - now that’s genius!
One of my top contenders was this cool shoe cabinet, which was a bit pricier, but I liked that you don’t see the shoes at all.
The main reason I didn’t go this route is that I had a little “reality check” with myself...
My family members are just kinda’ lazy when it comes to tidying up after themselves, and I was pretty certain they would not consistently place their shoes inside.
I had parental premonitions that the pile of shoes would simply be heaped in front of this beautiful shoe storage unit.
I mean really, that’s a lot to ask...opening the cabinet door and placing your shoes inside. 😜
This large shoe organizer would really do the trick to keep track of so many shoes!!
Amazingly, it can hold 25 pairs of shoes, and that would work really well for a larger family like mine!
In my last house, I had one very similar in my garage, and it was one of my favorite organizing products in my house.
Sadly, I don't have wall space in my current garage to get another one!
Here's another bench that I was considering because it's so cute, and I like it better than the other bench since the shoes are "hidden" in the drawers.
The only thing that made me second guess it as my final choice is that I was worried it might take up too much space in my entryway because my hallway is not very wide. I was concerned the sizing might look out of place in my particular home floor plan, otherwise, it's definitely on my favorites list!
This extra-large woven basket is one of the most versatile organizing products around...toys, blankets, stuffed animals, shoes...I mean, you can use it for just about anything!
I was a bit worried about keeping it clean because my kids' shoes can get D-I-R-T-Y, otherwise, this would definitely be a finalist in my search too!!
If you are into the more rustic "farmhouse" look that is currently all the rage, this cabinet might be the one for you!
It's got FANTASTIC online ratings, and it's so appealing to the eyes!
I also really love that it looks like a nice piece of furniture and not just a "shoe rack".
All the unsightly & stinky shoes are totally hidden from sight!
I'm a huge fan of baskets as an organizing tool...you toss about anything inside and it looks "tidy" because it's not in a giant pile on the ground!
These baskets have a washable liner so if they do get dirty you can toss them in the laundry, and they come out clean as a whistle (not really sure if whistles are all that clean though!)
I also realized that unlike some of the furniture-style shoe storage products, this basket is easily portable and can be moved to other areas of the house. If you have guests visiting, you can move the basket near the front door as a little reminder for friends to take off their shoes... a subtle hint yet very effective!!
If you do not have an entryway or have limited space, an over-the-door shoe organizer might be the best option for you!
This shoe rack can be attached to the back of any standard door and is an efficient way to keep all of your shoes neatly organized!
It would be ideal for a hallway closet or even used over the exterior garage door!
A huge selling feature is that it can hold at least 20 pairs of shoes (or more if you put 2 sandals or flip flops in the same "pocket.)
That's a lot of bang for your buck!
So are you wondering which one I chose for my family??
Cue the trumpet fanfare….
Option #8...A Lined Basket!
Here's the one I selected...
I picked up my basket at Home Goods for a bargain price and now there is no longer an eyesore when I walk into the front door! WOO HOO!!
Don't you agree it looks much better??
There you have it, friends...my super simple (and inexpensive) solution to tame the tennies!!
So, until next time, cheers to no more Mt. Pile O'Shoes and cheers to you!!🥂