15 Shoe Storage Secrets Only the Pros Know
"Shoes are these pesky things that create so much clutter—particularly because they come in pairs!" says Nikki Boyd of At Home with Nikki in Summerville, S.C. "Next to paper clutter, they're the items that frustrate people the most." Whether you live alone or share your home with family or roommates, figuring out a way to get the shoe pile under control can make your space feel better from the minute you walk in the door. "There's this feeling of calm when there's not clutter in view—but even a small pile of shoes can cost you that feeling," says Katrina Green of Badass Homelife in Sacramento, Calif.
Storing your shoes properly will keep them in better shape for the long term and save you a headache in the short term. "If your shoes are scattered in a pile by the door, you won't be able to find what you need," says Brittany Daley of Perfect Fit Organizing in Charlotte, N.C. And by trying out a couple different configurations, you can figure out the best system for you and your household. "Give yourself grace—if the first solution isn't working for you after a few months, you have permission to change it, even if you spent money on it," says Meggie Mangione of Organized by Design in Houston. "We call it tweaking!"
From wrangling the drop zone to tackling your closet, here are 15 shoe storage ideas from professional organizers.