I’m in a bit of a Spring cleaning mood after redoing the Playroom. Next little job on my list is to organise my shoes. l already have a good system in place for the bulk of the family shoes, but how I store my own shoes needed an overhaul. Below is a snap shot of the shoe organisation for our family.
Everyday Family Shoes
With six people living in the house: that’s a lot of shoes. I like to keep the everyday shoes out on the patio; the bedrooms are too small to store shoes. I’ve had these bookshelves for a long time, and they are useful to store the bulk of the shoes.
The gumboots and thongs are kept in a Tubtrug from Howards Storage. These tubs are brilliant for all kinds of things (I keep the outdoor balls/toys/large trucks in one too).
During the holidays, I went to Howards Storage with the kids to look at their huge range of shoe storage, from racks and underbed storage to shoe boxes and door shoe hangers. I keep my high heels, that I rarely wear, at the bottom of my cupboard on a rack (which works fine). However, with my range of everyday shoes, I found them collecting underneath my desk. The thing is, I utilise all my flats — I wear them often — and so I need them to be assessable (but still inside the house).
I settled on this 4 Tier Shoe Rack with Umbrella Stand that fits perfectly at the front door so I can enjoy wearing my shoes (and even changing them during the day) as I go back and forth from meetings, to home, to school pickup. I’ve left a spot there for my husband’s every day shoes too. Sorted.
While I’m talking about shoes, I want to share a story of my favourite pair of shoes. They are like a piece of art work! I purchased them 5 years ago now, and as you can see from them sitting there in the top shelf in the picture above, they are still going strong.
After I purchased the shoes, I kept them in the cupboard for 10 months before I wore them. Ten months! I was determined to save them for my planned Masked 30th Birthday Party and worked my outfit around the shoes. After drooling over the shoes for months and months, you can image my pleasure at wearing them for my birthday party. I purchased them from a little shop on Mt Tamborine, Queensland. They are made from hand painted leather and feel like happiness to wear. Good memories; fun times.
I adore working with Howards Storage World (they helped me with my Playroom too) because they have such useful systems and friendly staff. If you need Spring cleaning inspiration, Howards Storage World’s new online catalogue is full of great tips, including a section on shoe organisation.
I’ve organised a little giveaway of a $50 gift voucher. To enter, leave a comment below about your shoe storage challenges and update the form below confirming you’ve done so. That’s it.
Giveaway has now ended and the winner has been drawn. Congratulations Margi!
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