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How to Organize Too Many Pairs of Shoes

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If you love shoes, you might have just too many to keep organized. Sure, you needed to buy three new pairs of sandals, four new pairs of flats, two pairs of high heels, and five pairs of flip flops for the spring. You can't keep wearing all those boots you've got in your closet during warm weather. That totally makes sense! But now, where do you put them all? Well, I am here to help you get organized.

Your First Assignment

The first thing you need to do, my fellow shoe addicts, is to take them all out and look at them. Yes, this is your moment of truth. Take the shoes from under the bed, in the closet, behind the couch, in the hallway, and put them in one spot. Take a long hard look at your addiction.

Do you need all these shoes? Are there any two that are similar? Can you give some to a friend, a charity, or perhaps sell them at a yard sale or online? I suggest making a "donate" pile and a "sale" pile. Only create a "sale" pile if you are genuinely going to do it. Don't just say you are going to put them on Craigslist and have them end up back under your bed instead.

The next pile you are going to want to make is a "trash" pile. Yes, some of those old favorites that the dog chewed have been stinking up your closet for months and need to be thrown out. Of course, it is fine to save a pair specifically for yard work or something like that, but toss out the rest of the old, stinky ones. Your friends and family will thank you for it.

If you made a lot of recent purchases and now find you simply do not need them all, you can also make a "return" pile. Sure, the sales associates might get annoyed with you, but if you bought new brown sandals last week forgetting about the brown sandals you bought on clearance last September, it might be best to return the pair you just got. Now you are saving money and space at the same time!

Recycle your shoe boxes.

Recycle your shoe boxes.

Let's Get Organized

Now that you've got all the shoes you are keeping in full view, it is time to assess how best to organize them. In some situations, one can easily organize 20 pairs or less by keeping them in shoeboxes and putting them in a closet. Often, you can line them along shelves so you can easily find them.

Shoes are much less likely to get dusty in boxes. Also, clearly labeled boxes are a great way to stay organized. However, this technique has some drawbacks. First of all, shoe boxes take up a lot of space. Second, if you have more than 20 shoes, this is probably going to be unreasonable. You will need more space and an easy way to access your collection. If you have plenty, it is time to throw out the boxes now and move on to some other ways to organize those shoes.

Over-the-door shoe organizer.

Over-the-door shoe organizer.

Over-the-Door Shoe Organizer

If you would like to keep some in your closet, but want the ones that you wear all the time more accessible, an over-the-door shoe organizer will be your best bet. These organizers often hold about a dozen pairs.

What is great about this type of organizer is it is relatively inexpensive. It is also convenient because it does not take up any space in your closet or under your bed.

It does have some drawbacks though. First, depending on what door you hang this on, the door may never close correctly again. Second, you can't use this for heavy shoes. If most of your shoes are athletic shoes and boots, I would not recommend this. If, however, you are a big fan of flip flops and ballet flats, this could very well be a great organizer for you.

A low-budget option for storing shoes.

A low-budget option for storing shoes.

Under-the-Bed Shoe Organizer

If you are not a fan of having your door weighted down or taking a whiff of the shoes each time you open that door, you might want to try stashing your shoes under the bed instead. I would recommend getting an organizer rather than letting them get lost under there.

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Keeping your shoes under the bed is a good strategy if you don't have an excessive amount. It is also a nice "out of sight, out of mind" way to organize. I highly recommend this if you are storing away some shoes for the season as well. It will keep them dust-free and in a safe spot until you are ready to wear them again.

Closet shoe organizer.

Closet shoe organizer.

Hanging Shoe Organizer

If your major addiction is shoe shopping, but not buying clothes, then you may have enough room in your closet to hang your shoes. You can buy a hanging organizer for your closet. They come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are relatively inexpensive.

Unfortunately, I find these organizers to be a bit limiting. Once again, if you do not own heavy shoes, this is going to be fine. But if you do, this organizer might just weigh things down too much and pull the pole or shelving units in your closet down. Beware! Also, if you have a lot of clothes, this is probably not going to work out too well for you. Yes, you may be able to get one long, thin organizer in your closet, but you probably won't be able to squeeze much more than that in there.

Shoe rack.

Shoe rack.

The Shoe Rack

It has finally come down to this. No ordinary or small organizer will do any longer. The shoe rack just has to happen. These are shelving units made specifically to hold shoes—or you can easily convert another kind of rack. Either way, the shoe rack is for the true shoe lover with a vast collection.

In some cases, you can get racks that just have metal poles. Those are a bit restricting since some shoes do not fit properly. But there are other options that fit a wide range of styles.

What is great about these racks is they are sturdier than the other options and fit well into a closet. What is not so great is usually the price or the issue of finding a closet for them. However, you and your addiction have gotten you to this place in your life. Now you must find the perfect closet or bedroom location to accommodate.

Time to Get Organized

If all else fails, you are probably going to have to use a combination of all of these methods for complete shoe organization. I know that is what it has come down to in my own life. Have no fear! Once you toss out boxes, throw away old shoes, and put together your donation pile, you will find your collection is not so outrageous after all. You might even opt to buy more shoes! OK, you should not do that, but still, you can get organized.

Using some or all of the products listed here is your best bet in making your closets more organized and your shoes easier to find. You might even discover a pair you once loved but had forgotten along the way. Good luck to you!

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Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 07, 2015:

It really is amazing. There are so many products out there to organize shoes.

lucille12 on April 06, 2015:

The sheer volume of closet shoe organizers out there is amazing.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on January 30, 2015:

Thanks so much. It is easy for shoes to get out of control.

Deya Writes on January 29, 2015:

These are some great tips for organizing shoes...mine get out of hand sometimes...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 09, 2013:

5 pairs of shoes! That is amazing. I feel like I have WAY too many shoes now. Thanks for checking out my hub!

Ruchira from United States on April 08, 2013:

I only have about 5 pairs of shoes. So the shoe rack works fine for me.

I loved your ideas though, jeannieinabottle.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 08, 2013:

It is so nice to know I am not alone with my love of shoes. I probably have around 60 pairs of shoes... well, maybe a few more. I mean, it is tough because a woman needs shoes for every occasion... work, shopping, the beach, running, working out, weddings, etc. At least that is how I justify all the shoes. :-) Thanks for your comment!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 08, 2013:

Jeannie, I have over 70 pairs of shoes, boots, sandals and sneakers. And that's after going thru and throwing a bunch away or donating them! I just try to keep them lined up neatly. They take over 3 closets and are 3 rows deep, with flip flops sitting on top of each other in stacks of 3 pair. Ridiculous, huh? Especially since I'm bare-footed 99% of the time!

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 08, 2013:

DeborahNeyens - Thanks for your comment, fellow shoe addict. It is tough walking by cute shoes! I still have not figured a way to pack plenty of shoes for vacation either in an efficient way. When I figure that out, I will make sure to share that information. :-)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on April 08, 2013:

I have way too many shoes and my husband complains because I take up all the room on the shoe rack and don't leave him any room for his 3 pairs. Your next hub should be about packing shoes for vacation. I can never figure out how to get by without taking at least a dozen pairs! By the way, I think I have the same boots as you.

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 08, 2013:

faythf - Yes, I wish I had an extra closet just for shoes! Thanks for dropping by my hub.

Pamela99 - Thanks so much! I take great pride in having cute shoes. This week, I will be organizing my clothes. Sigh. Spring is a good time to get organized though. Thanks for checking out my hub.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 08, 2013:

I think Springtime is a great time to get things organized and you have some excellent ideas. I saw a couple of pairs of your shoes that I would like to have! haha Great hub.

Faythe Payne from USA on April 07, 2013:

Great article love shoes..hate finding the space for them...

Jeannie Marie (author) from Baltimore, MD on April 07, 2013:

I think you are OK with you 5 pairs of shoes. Perhaps you can just casually leave the computer screen open to this page when Bev walks by. :-) Thanks for your comment!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 07, 2013:

I only have five pair....I don't think I have a problem, do you?

I will, however, give this hub to Bev, who may just need some help. I didn't say that, though. :)

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