What woman does not want a beautifully organized closet, dedicated solely to her shoe collection? Okay, I’m sure there are lots of women out there who couldn’t care less about this but, for my organization-obsessed self, it’s practically porn (yes, I did say that).
This shoe closet has been a reader favorite for years, and it’s easy to see why: it’s beautiful, functional, and totally customizable. Here’s how you can re-create this affordable shoe closet in your home.
I found this bookcase at IKEA, and knew it was perfect for several reasons:
- Shelves are adjustable to account for differing heel heights
- Doors keep everything contained and clean
- It works double-duty for handbags and accessories
- Clear doors allow for easy visibility
Note: the Billy bookcase comes with 5 shelves included. Additional shelves can be purchased separately for $15 per shelf. I’m using 4 extra shelves in my shoe closet for a total of 9 shelves.
HOW TO CREATE YOUR OWN SHOE CLOSET ORGANIZER
After you take out all of your shoes and remove those that you no longer wear, use the below tips to create a beautifully organized new home for your favorites:
You can see each of these in play throughout the photos of my own shoe closet organizer below. I think this is one of my favorite organizational projects today; it’s such a great solution for keeping shoes tidy while also functioning as a pretty piece of decor.
Organize by category.
It’s helpful to organize your shoes by the use (e.g. casual shoes together, evening heels, casual heels, work heels, boots, flats, etc.) That way, when you’re getting dressed for the occasion, you know exactly where to find the perfect shoe.
Organize by color within each style.
Organizing by color will help to create a visually appealing look to the overall closet. I like to keep all neutrals together and then keep colorful options stored on the same shelf.
Store most-worn shoes within closest reach, and least-worn shoes at the top and bottom.
This is a really useful tip! There’s no need to give that prime real-estate middle shelf to a pair of shoes that you rarely wear. Instead, store evening shoes on the top shelves so that they’re available for special occasions but don’t necessarily need to be within arm’s reach.
Arrange shoes toe to heel.
The toe-to-heel method allows you to store more shoes on the shelf, while also giving you the ability to see the “entire” shoe. This makes the selection process much easier (and it looks pretty, too)!
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