If you have a lot of shoes, it can be difficult to store them without ruining the shape or scuffing the material. You may have seen shoe organizers before that are made out of plastic and come in many different shapes and sizes. But there are other options as well. Keep reading for six smart ideas on how to store your shoes without damaging them!
1. Keep Your Shoes In A Shoe Rack With Dividers
Store your shoes in a shoe rack with dividers to avoid scratching the soles and other parts of each shoe. This will also help you organize them more easily, as well as keep dust from settling on them. If any of your shoes are face-up (or if they’re all face down), someone might accidentally step on one or more – which could lead to disaster for that sole! A shoe organization technique is to store different pairs by size; put similar sizes next to each other so that their labels can be seen at once. You may have some trouble finding a space large enough for even just two rows. In this case, consider using plastic boxes instead; these come in many sizes and can be stacked one on top of the other.
2. Store Your Shoes On Their Sides
Store your shoes on their sides, not the soles. Store your shoes on their toes. The soles of a shoe can eventually wear down over time; if you store them with the sole facing up or touching another pair, this will accelerate that process and cause lasting damage to both pairs. Store your shoes in an upright position so they don’t touch other pairs or surfaces, which could quickly lead to scratches and scuffs from rubbing against other materials such as metal spikes on heels or leather. This also slows down deterioration because it prevents friction (the biggest culprit).
3. Place Cardboard Inside Of Each Shoe
Store shoes in a cardboard box, or even better, buy one that is designed for this purpose and lay them out on their sides with some space between each shoe so they don’t get squished together. Place a piece of cardboard inside each shoe to help maintain its original shape by putting it under the laces if you’re storing heels or wedges, then wrap tissue paper around the top of the toes before tucking them into their respective boxes. Store it in the vacuum cleaner attachment at a time when you don’t need to use it so that this is an accessible option for you until your next cleaning session. This idea can be used as much or as little as required depending on how often shoes are brought into the home and if they’re stored afterward.
4. Wrap The Paper Around The Bottoms Of Your Shoes
Store the shoes in boxes that are approximately two inches taller than they are, so there is plenty of room for them to expand. Place a piece of paper around the bottom part of each shoe and tuck it inside before putting them in their respective storage container. The paper will act as cushioning and protect against any potential scuffs or scratches on the bottoms. Store shoes neatly side by side, ensuring no one heel is touching another’s toe. This way you can store more pairs at once without worrying about damage occurring from heels rubbing up against toes (or vice versa). Put hooks on your walls near where you put your clothes or hang shirts up when ironing, then place an open wire coat hanger across the hooks. Store shoes on these and they will be free to air out, too! Store your shoes in pairs or groups of three if you have a lot of them. It saves space and keeps them from getting tangled up with one another as well so you’re not spending time trying to find that pair that matches when it’s time for an important event.
5. Use A Vacuum Cleaner Brush Attachment
Store your shoes in a vacuum cleaner attachment. This is perfect for any shoe type and will protect them from getting damaged by dirt, dust, or other debris that might be lingering around the house. Store it upright to avoid damaging the toes of your footwear. Simply use it as you would with an ordinary vacuum so there’s no need for an additional container. Store it in the vacuum cleaner attachment at a time when you don’t need to use it so that this is an accessible option for you until your next cleaning session. This idea can be used as much or as little as required depending on how often shoes are brought into the home and if they’re stored afterward
6. Store All Pairs Together
Store all of your shoes in one place so that you can find what you need quickly when needed. Store them on a metal shelving system, and use cardboard boxes to stack heels. This will keep the shelves from warping over time and help prevent moisture damage to your shoe collection as well! Simply wipe down the box with some natural soap before placing it on top of another pair if they’re still dusty after being stored for a while. Store your flats next to each other so that they don’t get lost among the others or crushed between heavy pairs of boots or high heels. Store flip flops under slippers because these types are light and won’t take up much space like regular tennis shoes would, which can be used as an excuse to buy more of them.
You may not realize it, but your shoes take a beating every day. They are often the first things that you put on in the morning and they’re one of the last things to come off at night. If you want them to last as long as possible, there are some smart ways for storing them so they don’t get damaged. The above six ideas will help keep your favorite pair from falling apart or getting worn out too quickly!