7 Ways to Organize Your Growing Shoe Collection

Stop making piles or lining up your favorite footwear. Save precious space with these ideas.

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Same with collecting bags, one can never have too many shoes—especially when trends come and go with a snap. Since our shoes complement the clothes we own, it's common to have at least a pair of boots, leather shoes, sandals, and sneakers. With tons of pairs to choose from, how can you keep it organized so you can find what you need easily?

Investing in the right storage piece can help you maintain an orderly home, and your favorite pairs in mint condition, too. Here are simple solutions you can check out:

1. Using a shoe rack

The simplest form of shoe storage, a shoe rack keeps your footwear neat and organized. You can place it in one corner—some keep it by the door—so you can get what you need and be on your way in seconds. Opt for a slim and sturdy piece that doesn't take up too much space.

Shoe Rack, P1,995, True Value 

2. Investing in a folding shoe rack

This piece comes with hooks that can be used to attach the rack to the door or hung on the wall. A folding shoe rack is usually made of plastic, canvas, or other types of fabric. Choose this solution if you're low on floor space. It's also ideal when storing sneakers, flats, and slippers.

Folding Shoe Rack, P299.75, Robinsons Department Store

3. Opting for a shoe cabinet

Having a cabinet is an efficient and practical way of storing your favorite pairs as you can locate all of them in one place. If you are having a shoe cabinet customized, make sure you discuss your needs and requirements with a contractor or modular cabinet-maker. Be open about the number of shoes you intend to keep and the don't forget to measure the area where you intend to place the cabinet.

4. Using shoe lasts

A shoe last is a three-dimensional wooden or plastic mold upon which a shoe is constructed. Get creative when storing your shoes by slipping shoe lasts on your sandals and sneakers, then hanging them using ropes on your mesh racks or shelves. Not only will you keep your shoes in place, they can double as decor, too. If you don't have mesh racks or shelves, you can hang your shoes on the wall. 

5. Opting for built-in storage

It's common to see benches and chairs with secret storage underneath. Invest in a similar piece and make use of the storage nooks by storing some of your pairs inside. This is a space-saving technique that's easy on the pocket, too—you get to maximize one piece and use it for different purposes.

6. Maximizing the space under the stairs

If the space under your stairs has become a dumping ground for various knickknacks, it's time to make a change! Use it as a storage center for your shoes. You can place a cabinet or a customized piece under it. Those who have racks can keep it here, too. 

7. Repurposing a TV cabinet

Now that LED TVs don’t need cabinets, upcycle your old TV Cabinet and turn it into a pretty piece for your shoes. If your cabinet or console has drawers, use it to organize your socks. Doing so can help you save time getting ready every morning as well.

Franco TV Stand, P10,950, Our Home 

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