Looking for smart small apartment ideas for keeping your shoe collection organized? We get it, you are obsessed with shoes! Fashion is all about expressing yourself and having fun while you’re at it. And yes, having the right shoes for any occasion sounds like fun. More options, am I right? But wait, if your shoe collection is starting to take over the entire entryway, it’s high time to get your shoe collection under control!
Unfortunately, shoes can be quite clunky and harder to store. And if you are shoe obsessed, you might run out of storage room and fast! This goes especially if you live in a small apartment with limited storage space! Also, most of us tend to hold on to old shoes for sentimental reasons even if they no longer fit. Thankfully, you can enjoy your shoe collection without sacrificing precious floor space. Here are some of our favorite small apartment ideas for organizing shoes:
Get Your Shoes Off the Floor
If you’re like most people, you probably store your shoes on your entryway floor or inside your closet. Storing shoes this way is not space efficient at all. Throwing your shoes on a heap ruins the look of your interiors while possibly bending some shoes out of shape. If you’re into shoes, you got to treat them well. So get organizing. Arrange your shoes in a line. Better yet, invest in a nice shoe organizer so your shoes are not scattered carelessly on the floor.
Sort Your Collection According to Types
Curate your shoe collection so you can regain some of your floor space. Ideally, you want to sort your shoe collection according to two types: the shoes you love wearing every day and the shoes that you don’t use often. The shoes that you wear daily could be your favorite sneakers, flats, and office shoes. Stilettos, ski shoes, snow boots, and other seasonal footwear do not get much use so store these until they’re ready to be used again.
Once you have sorted out your shoe collection, categorize your everyday shoes even further. Group your daily shoes according to styles. Think of the activity that suits each style and take from it there. For example, the shoes you wear to work should be grouped together as well as formal shoes. By organizing your shoe collection, you’ll know exactly where to look for a specific pair.
Get a Shoe Ladder
This is one of my favorite small apartment ideas for organizing shoes in rentals: invest in a shoe ladder. A shoe ladder is skinny yet provides ample room for your favorite shoes. Since it’s a compact piece, you can set it anywhere in your home, no matter how modest the space is.
A shoe ladder is especially useful if you have a small closet with zero room to spare for your shoe collection. You can buy a couple of shoe ladders, set these against the wall and voila, you have more than enough storage space for your precious shoes! The best part? Shoe ladders are so versatile. You can use them to store scarves and accessories too!
Get a Separate Storage Space
Shoe racks are great if you are only rotating a few pairs of shoes. But if you are not planning to pare down your shoe collection any time soon, getting a shoe rack or two may not be the best choice. A small shoe rack is too small for your collection if you are the kind who loves putting several pairs on rotation.
Realistically, getting a separate storage piece for your collection is a much better idea simply because you get all the room you need to keep your shoes organized and neat. A simple, four-compartment shoe cabinet like the STÄLL from IKEA is not only space-efficient; it has more room for your shoes too!
Closet Shoe Organizer
If you prefer to store your precious shoes in your closet and you are starting to run out of space, invest in a variety of closet shoe organizers. You can use regular bins to store your shoes or opt for the stackable shoe drawers from the Container Store. These stackable drawers won’t take much room in your closet plus, they are clear so you can see what kind of shoes are stored in there, saving you time as you dress up in the morning! What’s more, these stackable shoe drawers stack securely in place. You can stack ‘em up as high as you want without worrying about the drawers falling and making a mess in your closet.
Shoe Cubby Shelf
If you’re not the only shoe addict in the family then you need more space for the shoes. A shoe cubby shelf makes a terrific addition to the entryway because it offers more storage space to store your and the rest of your family’s shoes. Opt for a shoe cubby shelf that’s designed specifically for small homes if your entryway is virtually non-existent. A shoe cubby shelf also works great if you have friends over, your guests could remove and store their shoes to keep their shoes out of the way.
Maximize Under-Bed Storage Space
This is one of my favorite small apartment ideas for storing virtually anything when floor space is limited: maximize the under-bed storage space! From fancy, rolling under-bed drawers to simple, zip-up shoe organizers, there are so many storage solutions that make the most out of the often-overlooked space under your bed! Use this generous slice of space to store your seasonal shoes or shoes that you use infrequently to pare down your daily shoe rotation.
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