This shoe closet organizer has been one of my most popular posts for years, and I’m constantly told by friends and on social media how much they love this (beautiful) solution for storing shoes. For those of us who do not have walk-in closets, this shoe closet organizer is the perfect alternative for storing shoes in a way that allows you to see every pair while also keeping them protected and away from dust. One trip to IKEA and this shoe closet organizer can be yours, too!
The Shoe Closet Organizer Your Friends Will Envy
Start with the Ikea Billy Bookcase
The backbone of this shoe closet is the IKEA Billy Bookcase. It’s sold with a variety of options for doors, including full-glass, half-glass, and full door. I used the full glass option, but I also think the half-glass option is great if you have other items to store that aren’t that pretty to look at (like maybe some sneakers or flip-flops, etc.).
Maximize Your Shoe Storage
Purchase extra shelves
I purchased additional shelves for this closet system to give me even more storage options. The original unit comes standard with five individual shelves. I purchased four additional shelves to go inside my shoe closet, which really allowed me to maximize the storage space.
Store shoes toe-to-heel
Storing your shoes toe-to-heel will allow you to fit more shoes on each shelf, and also provides the benefit of seeing both the front and the back of the shoe. This is especially helpful for quickly seeing heel heights and widths.
Use top shelves for lesser worn shoes
Be sure to store shoes that are worn less often at the top of the closet. There’s no need for these items to be easily accessible, since they’re only worn for special occasions. When assembling your shelves, you’ll want to plan your shelf heights with the most-worn pairs towards the middle and bottom of the closet.
Beautifully Arrange Your Shoes
Sort by category
Just like your main wardrobe, you want to organize your shoes into categories so that, depending on your outfit, you can easily direct your focus to the appropriate shoes. This is so helpful when getting dressed for work in a hurry, and quickly knowing where all of your office-friendly options are.
Color-coding is another tip that helps for easily locating a particular pair of shoes. It also allows you to see if you have any wardrobe holes. Are you in need of a pair of neutral flats? Or maybe you’re missing black pumps for the office. The color-coordination makes it super fast and easy to identify any missing pieces.
More Options for Shoe Organization
If you like the idea of seeing all of your shoe options in one place, but aren’t keen on the idea of a whole closet–or if you simply don’t have space for one–then these back-of-the-door and inside-the-closet options are also great for storing your shoes in a way that keeps them neatly organized and easily accessible. Most of these options are under $50, and some are even under $20, so there are options at every price point to keep your shoes tidy!