While your shoe collection may not rival that of Imelda Marcos, organizing your arsenal can take a special skill set. Just like any closet, pantry or cabinet, always keep your most used items near the front. From there you have a number of options, such as these shoe care and storage ideas.
Like many people who swap out their clothing each season, you should do the same with your shoes. Tuck your espadrilles and strappy sandals away for the winter, and bring out your tall boots and chunky slip-ons to prepare for the cold weather. Give your summer shoes a thorough cleaning before putting them in storage, and protect your leather goods (including shoes, handbags, wallets and coats) before exposing them to the elements. In the spring, greet your sandals with a smile while giving your winter goods a thorough cleaning before going into storage.
Where do off-season shoes go?
An extra closet is a great space for hiding your off-season collection, and in that closet you have a few options. Fill a large, clear plastic storage bin and tuck it on the top shelf. To store your favorite pairs or if you have generous storage space, place each pair in its own plastic shoe case – and hide them under a bed. Utilize an empty piece of luggage or tuck them in a storage ottoman in the living room. Be as creative as you can!
Boots require extra care; if you have excess rods, use boot hangers (just be sure to protect your leather or suede by using thick fabric so the clips don’t leave a mark). Otherwise, maintain the shape of your boots with liners and be sure they have space to breathe. Or, combine the best of both worlds with boot shapers – they keep your boots upright and hanging.
Welcome to purge-atory
When you’re switching out your shoes each season, make sure you’re in the mood to purge. You know, the no-holds-barred kind of cleaning. When you know you’ll never wear those adorable sandals again, why not let someone else enjoy them? Or the pair that’s damaged but is just so hard to give up? It’s a painful process for sure, but purging can make space for another pair (or maybe a new bag?). You get the idea.
Location, location, location
Now, what do you do with your in-season collection? The best way to ensure you know what your shoe options are is to be able to see your inventory. Display shoes on racks. Depending on the size of the rack and your lifestyle, you can tuck the rack in your closet or display it in the mud room. You’ll want to put your shoes away each day with this handy tool! Or, keep a shoe tray near your door, and your everyday pair(s) — the ones you wear to walk the dog or take the kids to school—can go there.
Proper care and storage of your shoes can make your investment last longer and look better.