Smart Systems for Off-Season Storage
Bin With a View
Ventilated under-bed bins are just right for shoes—leather needs to breathe or it can dry out. Choose containers with windows so you can locate pairs in a flash. Before storing, swipe soles with disinfecting wipes and allow to air-dry. If you’re motivated to do more, clean flip-flops in the dishwasher (for real!) and canvas sneakers in the washing machine. Wipe down leather with a damp cloth. Then stuff shoes with acid-free white tissue paper (newspaper can leave marks) to maintain shape, and sheathe fancy footwear in shoe bags. Position shoes toe to heel for efficiency. Stack extra bins elsewhere if even a king-size bed can’t conceal your spare pairs.
To buy: Large Canvas Vision Clothing Box, $21, organizeit.com.
Also good for: Off-season purses, stuffed with acid-free white tissue paper to preserve their shape and tucked into cloth tote bags or pillowcases; backpacks when school is out.