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8 Totally Great (Non-Ugly) Shoe Racks

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

If there’s one thing people are perpetually in need of it’s shoe racks. This is hardly because shoe racks are hard to come by; in fact, the interwebs and the home goods stores are stocked to high heavens with the things. Only, the majority of them are about as appealing in looks and quality as something very, very unappealing.

So I set out to find a bunch of shoe racks that are wholly unobjectionable in looks and craftsmanship. A few might even be rawther stylish places to park your footwear.

You be the judge/shopper.

shoe racks for every space!


1. Chrome Supreme 50 Pair Shoe Rack

2. Four tier Stacking Shoe Rack

3. New York Closet Shoe Ladder

4. Sko Shoerack – Grey

5. Sarah Storage Tower – Shoes & Boots

6. Kellan Shoe Rack

7. Mercer Storage Bench

8. Universal Expert Shoe Bench




The Dos & Don’ts Of Over The Door Shoe Organizers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

This post initially took the form of a pseudo-Dr. Suess Green Eggs and Ham thing, but I decided it was just too dumb to unleash on an unsuspecting world. So instead, I’ll just try and type like a normal person. That’s a wash. But you get it.

So, over the door shoe organizers. Lots of people love them. They appeal to the space-deficient, who jump at the chance to increase their storage capacity by approximately 24 pockets-worth.

It isn’t that I hate them. It’s that I’ve never found myself recommending them to a single soul. I don’t put much trust into flimsy storage a la the hanging canvas shelves, which in my mind, are a storage failure. I prefer products that inherently encourage neatness by way of solid construction, defined and sturdy spatial supports, not ones that are, at best, flimsy and, at worst, (and maximum capacity) nothing more than droopy little sacks because what’s worse than that, really?

But, as many people seem to be fond of the over the door shoe organizers (actually there seems to be somewhat of a cult following with these guys, and they’re constantly touted as being the most versatile storage solution, capable of organizing every room of your house!), I’ve decided to outline what are, in my opinion, the best (and worst) ways to use these organizers.

Image credits: BHGReal SimpleThe Nest

1. When choosing an over the door shoe organizer, opt for plastic or mesh (mesh would be my choice, as it gives you the softness of a fabric with the visibility of a plastic).

While canvas and cotton shoe organizers may be more attractive, this is one of the rare cases in which I would adamantly side with function over form. Fabric shoe pockets will obscure what’s being stored within. Patterned fabric organizers are an even worse offender; while well-intentioned they will not only hide the contents but also distract the eye from them.

Image credits: BHG 

2. Don’t overcrowd the pockets.

Negating the fact that I would dole out such advice in regards to any product, over the door shoe organizers are especially prone to clutter, being that they’re essentially a bunch of little black holes. The only way to retain an ounce of organization is to be strict about how much you’re depositing in each segment. It’s best to store only one item per pocket. More than that and you might end up having to violently wriggle a shoe free, which will probably cause other pouch-residents to go careening through the air, and possibly even knock the whole affair off of the door, at which point I’ll just go, “Um hellooo, I thought we talked about this?”

Image credits: Bows And SequinsThe Coveteur 


Image credits: Anna VitaleBHG
Image credits: BHGAmerican Crafts


Image credits: Hi SugarplumBHG

3. Store items that are tall enough to peek out from the pockets.

This is especially important if you don’t have a mesh or plastic organizer, in which case you really won’t have a clue what’s inside those mystery sacks. If you have to go digging– if you can’t at all see what’s contained within– that’s a losing game.

Image credit: BHG 


Image credits: Real SimpleThe Container Store

4. Label individual pockets for added organization.

Again, this is a definite do for those of you who have non-see through organizers. Just because each segment is small doesn’t mean it doesn’t have the potential to attract or become clutter. Labeling each pocket or row is a good way to ensure you can easily identify the contents.

Image credits: I Heart Organizing, I Heart Organizing  

 5. Before you go over the door, reevaluate. 

Ask yourself whether there are things occupying actual shelf/closet space that could be gotten rid of, thereby freeing up the space needed to accommodate what you would otherwise be shoving into hard to reach little pouches.

Image credit: Women’s Day

Those are my tips, be sure to leave any of your own down below. BYE!



Spotlight on Car-Moebel

Friday, December 7, 2012

Yesterday I was minding my own business on the internet (just kidding! That doesn’t ever happen online! haha) when I stumbled upon the images below. Seeing them I exclaimed,”Well, hot potato! That’s some darling styling!” 

From what I can ascertain, the company behind these products is one called “Car-Moebel,” as in: car, (see also: what you drive around in) and depending upon the pronunciation possibly: mobile. It’s like a name that refers to itself and what’s better than that.

Using my elementary school knowledge of foreign languages, I also gathered that the company is German– luckily one of the headings is “tisch,” which also happens to be one of the few words I remember (that’s table, for those of you who don’t speak Deutsch . Another clue that the company was German was that my toolbar said “Google has translated this page from German to English for you,” except that was a lie because, excuse me but no you didn’t really, Google.

Below, a smattering of storage and organization products styled by the folks at Car:

Beginning where all of life begins, with cubbies. Don’t question things.  

Another slight variation on the cubby, no less ridiculously charming:

Next up, a really cute entryway organizer. Look at that bag of apples, like someone just came home from the store. You stylists are such good liars in the best way. 

Not quite sure what to make of this next one, but I included it because you need a conversation piece in life. The mugs work, but I’m not convinced that rolling pin does. 

Just more darling-ness. Note the pseudo mail box– would that I could have included that in my How to Organize Incoming Mail post. Also snaps for you if you manage to recite the tongue twister disguised as some poster art. 

Okay, last two, and these get me because of one shared feature…

That those glass cabinet doors slide open and closed— that is Living Simply. 

In conclusion, learning how to use a round brush when blow drying my hair remains one of my life’s goals and I really hope you enjoy your weekend. 

*No compensation received for this post.