Having a large family means we have LOTS of stuff. Think about it – if everyone in our family only has two pairs of shoes each that’s twenty pairs of shoes! And you know that we don’t just have two pairs each. Add to that the fact that some of us have very long feet and space for shoes becomes a premium.
The area I (we) struggle the most in is our entryway. The children just kick their shoes off and call it good. We had a three-shelf shoe rack for a couple of years now. It was a pretty good solution and was a great chore for a preschooler to pair up all the shoes in the entryway and put them on the rack. However, when the baby started climbing on it to get to the fruit on top of the dresser beside the rack I knew the rack’s days were numbered.
For the past couple of weeks it’s been slowly falling apart so I turned to the internet for help with a shoe storage solution in our entryway. In my wanderings I stumbled upon a blog of a mom with seven children. Her first idea for shoe clutter was the one I knew I needed – baskets.
Here is the before. Please keep in mind though that this is tidy. Normally there are six to eight extra pairs of shoes piled on other shoes, on the floor, running across the hallway. I try to keep it tame by allowing them only one pair of shoes here, but you know how that goes with children. I’m constantly pulling shoes out and telling them to put them away. For instance, church shoes do not need to be stored here since they are only used twice a week.
The thing that bothered me the most was how the whole set-up was off-centred. The dresser couldn’t be centred under the clock. The wall there is pretty much the width of the dresser and shoe rack, and I hated how it all looked.
The rack finally fell apart completely so I was forced to get some baskets and put my plan in action. We actually ended up buying two baskets. I was finally able to centre the dresser with a basket on either side. It’s easier for the children. They don’t have to find an empty spot on a shelf or line their shoes up neatly – just take them off and toss them in.
So, what do you think? How do you store your shoes?
Update: Now that we’ve moved we’re still using this shoe storage solution. I’ve made it even better by assigning one basket to the girls and one to the boys. Now they know which basket to look in for their shoes.