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A Simple Trick To Squeeze More Storage Into Your Small Closet Space

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

I’m keeping it brief today, with sincerest apologies (or not). Only, I was in Chicago last week-weekend, and am currently in the midst of orchestrating a major move-in, and, listen, I am just a little Annie at the end of the day.

Here’s a quick tip that if you already knew you’ll have the pleasure of rolling your eyes at and then you’re welcome for making you feel like a total pro. If you didn’t know it before, prepare to have it make that crucial bit of difference in your closet space. 

If you find delight in clothing the south-of-ankle region, you’re probably the owner of a somewhat robust collection of shoewear. Given reality, you may also be the possessor of a closet space that is less than robust.

What’s a feet-aesthete to do?

Rather than storing all your shoes facing the same direction–either all toes pointing out or all heels pointing out–alternate the direction of each shoe within a pair to increase the number you can fit on a shelf. It doesn’t matter whether the right faces out and the left faces in or vice versa, so long as you repeat the same layout for the entire shelf of shoes.

Like so:

This trick will save you precious closet space--try it!

This trick will save you precious closet space--try it!

This trick will save you precious closet space--try it!

This trick will save you precious closet space--try it!

In the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll tell you this tip isn’t a total guarantee. There are cases where, alternate or not, that shelf just isn’t going to comfortably accomodate another Thumbelina-sized slipper. But, in the spirit of hopeful encouragement, I will tell you that more often than not, this little trick frees up the precious inches (inch?) needed to fit that extra pair. And anyone who knows anything about anything will tell you: that extra pair makes all the difference. And also they’ll tell you that my persuasiveness evidently decreases proportionate to my fatigue.

Even if you don’t end up gaining a full extra shoe-spot, alternating the direction of your shoes will allow you to space them a bit further apart. This will make them easier to access, which will increase the likelihood you’ll wear them, so you really can’t lose.  

Plus, when you alternate you get the benefit of the dual-angle; party in the front, party in the back–both, at once. What haircut or storage technique can say as much?


Image credits: Glitter GuideThe Coveteur, Lonny, The Coveteur

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 Ideal Entry: A Shoe Storage Solution

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

If we could build the perfect room from scratch, what would it look like? What features would it contain? Let’s have ourselves a little daydream…

Dealing with the near-inevitable accumulation of shoes by the door is consistently an issue for my clients, and probably for you, too.

Those lucky enough to have an actual mudroom are in many ways unlucky when it comes to shoes; usually the more entryway space, the greater the shoe pile up.

The goal becomes capping the amount of door adjacent footwear, which, anyone living in a busy household will tell you takes more than a little attention and stick-to-itiveness. Because the thing is it’s just mayhem trying to keep all those pairs cohabiting in one spot–a collection that’s constantly being ravaged through, kicked into, muddied and whatnot in order.

Say we changed the conversation, though. Say the goal was not to limit the shoes, but merely to propose a more effective way of storing them by the door.

Cubbies will come close. Baskets will probably help. Shoe racks are a near complete waste of time. But pull out shoe shelves–now there might be a winner.

shoe storage in the entryway solved!

More convenient to utilize than individual baskets or bins for child-things or the undisciplined, and far more accessible than ordinary, stationary shelves, pull out shoe shelves–especially when located close to floor-level–are sort of the uber efficient equivalent of just having shoes sprawled all over the floor.

And while the idea caught my attention through the lens of entryways, it should be noted that the aforeblogged concept might do just as well in a closet space. See here? 

Pull out shelves for storing shoes--love this uber accessible & space maximizing concept!

Alright, so what say you?

Image credits: 1. top: Muse Interiors, bottom: BHG, 2. top: Clos-ette, bottom: AK Design & Accents