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Category Archives: shoe organization
Welcome back! Hope you had a great weekend! Did you get a chance to flip through the new issue of Lonny yet? As always has lots of great content and eye candy, including this closet with shelves painted a beautiful peacock blue:
Paint is such a great inexpenisve way to make a closet unique and give it personality. A few more painted closets for inspiration:
image credits: 1- lonny magazine sept/oct 2011 issue, 2- photography by Ngoc Minh Ngo via house beautiful, 3-via madebygirl, 4- kelly wearstler, 5- unknown, 6- house and home, 7- domino, 8- carrie’s closet (sex and the city)
This month’s first guest participating in the ‘How I Organize’ series is the incredibly chic Laura of Laura Cattano Organizational Design and of the blog The Order Obsessed. She shows us how she beautifully organizes her shoes in her dressing area :
My dressing area is set up like my personal boutique with everything organized and displayed beautifully. This Lack bookcase from Ikea fits three pairs across perfectly, and there’s room in the back for my special occassion shoes stored in their original box. Positioning the shoes front to back saves space. Off-season shoes are put away to give more room and so I’m not distracted by ones I can’t wear now.
Rows of picture rail or ornamental molding work beautifully as a fun way to creatively arrange and display high heels in a closet or dressing room.
Would you try this idea in your own home?
If you like to store your shoes in boxes, it’s a good idea to label them to allow for easy identification. Photograph labels are my favorite. Simple snapshots adhered onto the boxes will do, but if you want to step it up a notch, how about taking up-close detail shots of the shoes and sticking them onto pretty kraft paper tags, like this:
If photography isn’t your strong suit, you can try searching online for your shoes. Companies usually include high quality photographs in their product pages and you can print those out to use for your labels.
image credit: via house to home
image via FreudeVonFreuden
Ottomans are so great because they often serve double (or triple) duty. I love that this one is secretly outfitted with 16 pockets for storing shoes (or other things!) and is lined with a pretty fabric that adds such a fun unexpected punch of color.
A light and bright dressing room with a lovely vanity complete with lighting, a mirror, fresh flowers, and a stylish chair atop a plush mini rug…
…and a closet nook with shoes organized in stacked drop-front boxes and sunglasses cleverly hung on the door…
Beautiful, wouldn’t you agree?
photography by Kim Jeffery for covet garden
This week’s beautifully organized space is from Caroline‘s tiny 475 sqft studio apartment. I love how she maximized storage potential by using over the door shoe racks to organize her collection of shoes. Don’t they look so pretty arranged by color?
You can find shoe racks like the ones Caroline used here.
During these cold weather months it’s nice to have boots easily accessible in the closet. A good way to keep them standing up straight and in an orderly line is to use boot inserts. Inserts help boots retain theirs shape and prevent them from flopping and toppling over into an unattractive pile.
You can find boot inserts at various places including here and here. For a super inexpensive alternative, use old magazines as inserts (that’s what I use for my boots!). *Update: Jami of Imagine shared another super inexpensive alternative: old wine bottles!
As I was oohhing and ahhing my way through the flickr album of the incredibly gorgeous home of fellow blogger Sam Reitmayer Sano, I spotted a few noteworthy ideas for organizing shoes:
A shoe tree makes use of vertical space and since most models rotate, it allows for easy access.
Use the gaps of a wooden crate to hang your heeled shoes. A unique idea for those who like to display their shoes and have something unexpected in their space.
Under-shelf wire baskets are usually seen in kitchens, but they’re great in closets too. They maximize space and are pretty versatile. Tip: If you shop for one of these baskets, whether online or in-store, make certain it’s tall enough to fit the type of shoe you want it to hold. Measure first, then shop!
*To see the rest of her swoon-worthy home click here.