10 Fabulous DIY Ideas to Organize Shoes

How many shoes do you have?

Perhaps you have collected a fair amount of shoes over the years?

How do you organize them?

Maybe you still store them in their boxes, but those shoe boxes won’t give you a clear view of your shoes. So when you need one, you’ll have to open each box. But what if you’re in a hurry? Ugh… you know what happens next.

Do you also find them cluttering your space? Near the front door… in the kitchen… in your bedroom.

When we have acquired a lot of shoes, they can be a real pain to store. And  when you’re married, we’re not just talking about our shoes here, but our hubby’s and our kids’ too.

So a little knowledge about shoes organization surely does help.

That is what this post is for.

You know how annoying it is when you can’t find a shoe when you need it, especially when you’re in a hurry. So I’ve collected the very best tips for organizing shoes.

Allow me to share them with you.


1. Hang your shoes.

What could be easier than fixing a hanging shoe organizer into your closet, at the back of the door, or on the walls?

There are a lot of hanging shoe organizers you can choose from.

I personally love this one from PB Teen because it has a separate slot for each shoe. This is slightly different from the usual hanging shoe organizer where you fit the whole pair into one slot. I find this thing really super cute!

The last time I checked at PBTeen, this organizer was not available. I found this quite sad because this is really an adorable shoe organizer.

So I searched again and found other hanging shoe organizers that are also adorable and definitely worth trying!

Here they are:

This hanging shoe organizer has 10 individual shelves. It also has multiple pockets on the sides which you can use for additional storage.

Here is another hanging shoe organizer that you can store 30 pairs into.

You can also have a pocket shoe organizer that you can just hang over the door.  This one has 24 pockets.

If you want less, try a 20-pocket shoe organizer.

If you want an organizer that rotates, yes, that’s also another great option!


3. Invest in a shoe cubby.

From Pinterest

I personally love this one because the cubbies vary in sizes (as shoes do) and it has these tall ones that are just perfect for boots.

This is a great shoe organizer not just for us, ladies, but for the whole family, as well!


3. Use a grid.

Doesn’t this look cute and stylish?

Come to think of it. This organizing idea came by accident!

Caroline ordered a wire mesh for one of her projects. When it was delivered, she left it near her front door. Caroline always took her shoes off when she got home; and one day, she found herself hanging her heels on those grid when she walked in!

And there the grid stayed.

If you’re looking for a more unique way to hang those heels, something not designed to be hung up in wardrobes, I’d say go for the grid!


4. Install tension rods.

If you’re renting, you want to avoid putting holes in the walls. Luckily, you don’t have to if you decide to use tension rods.

Tammy built this with 6 tension rods and for 30 minutes only. To get the tutorial, visit her post at A Loyal Love.

If you want to keep your shoes in a drawer, tension rods can also be used in them too. Get the tutorial here.


5. Use PVC Pipes

From Pinterest

The wall is probably the best location for a PVC-pipe-shoe-organizer.

Personally I’m thinking there are too many pipes on this one. I wanna make something much less than this.

Like this one in a bookshelf.

Image from Better Homes & Gardens

The PVC pipes were made as compartments for the shelf to give room for each pair of shoes. But underneath was left as is for the boots.

You can also turn it into a work of art in that little corner!

Image from Pinterest

Here’s a tutorial you can easily follow for making PVC pipe shoe organizers.


6. Make a wooden ladder shoe shelf.

Isn’t this amazing?

If you have the right tools, this isn’t that hard to make. But if you really are not into furniture building, just look for someone to do it for you.

Then paint it with whatever color blends into your home.

You can also use it as a display area for more of your decorative items.

To get the tutorial, visit A Pair & A Spare 

If you have less shoes, you may not need a very tall ladder. Something like this will do.

From Design Sponge


7. Always have a basket nearby.

Image credit to Fresh Idea Studio

For those stray shoes, always have a basket.

You can put it in any place where you find shoes to be commonly scattered – near the entryway, under the staircase, in the kitchen, in your bedroom.

By having a basket nearby, you can easily toss a shoe in whenever you find it lurking somewhere.


8. Make a DIY drip tray.

It can be annoying when after you’re done with all the cleaning, someone comes in with a wet, or worse, muddy shoes.

Good for you if you have a mudroom. But what if you don’t?

How do you prevent losing your sanity over some pair of muddy shoes?

Thankfully, Bethany has a great DIY solution for that!

Here’s a DIY drip tray that you can also make. I love those stones! Makes me wanna collect a lot of that the next time we have an outing at the beach.

Here’s the drip tray full tutorial.

No more muddy shoes messing up with your cleaning!

Again, with the right tools, it’s not that hard to make. But if you don’t have a knack for DIY like this, you can have someone else do it for you.


9. Tuck them under the bed.

Image from Ikea

Use a flat board and attach wheels to the bottom. Then you can easily slide the board in and out to get the shoe you need.

I also used the underbed as shoe storage space for many years but I haven’t thought of this one. Wish I’ve seen this a few years back.

If it’s a big flat board you’re putting down there, it can occupy a lot of space. So you might as well use that space for storing more items (apart from shoes)  that you don’t regularly use.


10. Arrange a couple of shoe crates.

Simply get a few wooden crates. You can leave them as is or paint them with colors that blend in your room.

Now put the shoes in and arrange them in any way you want!

You can also use the crates to place accessories that you often bring when you leave, like your hat and your watch. You might even want to add hooks to hang your bag, shawl, and jacket.

Feel free to add your favorite plants to make it even more appealing.


Every shoe deserves a good home.

Organizing your shoes not only help you in easily locating a pair; it also makes your shoes last longer.

So while it’s good for your sanity, it’s even better for your wallets.

Now I hope you can make use of these tips to organize your shoes, giving you a more peaceful space and mind.


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