Whether your shoes are for work, play or casual occasions, shoe organizers can help keep them all together and out of the cold or wet outdoors. The key is to make shoe storage as efficient as possible so you have less need of a shoe organizer. Here are a few shoe organizing tips:

shoe organizing tips

*Keep seasonal and dress shoes stored in either a bedroom closet or coat closet. Dress and athletic shoes can be kept close to where they’ll be used, like in the garage, on the treadmill or in the basement. Shoe storage boxes are ideal for dress shoes and athletic shoes. When putting together shoe organizing tips, think about keeping shoes with ties and belts separately to reduce the number of drawers. A shoe organizer may be used to hold many pairs of shoes, then hung on the closet door.

*Use shoe organizers when taking off shoes. Most shoe organizing tips say to remove shoes before wearing them. This helps clothes stay wrinkle free and keeps shoes from moving around in drawers or basements. If taking off shoes, always clip the front of the shoe.

*Use shoe racks or shoe shelves. You can purchase shoe racks or shoe shelves from most home improvement stores. Some shoe racks are simple wooden cubes with a zipper along their perimeter for easy movement of the shoe boxes. Other shoe racks are rack systems that fit securely into a closet door and can hold hundreds of pairs of shoes. Door shoe racks are usually made of sturdy wire, but you can buy plastic models that fit securely into doors and are easy to clean.

*Do not put away too many shoes. Shoe organizer systems are useful for limited space but make sure all the shoes you put away are shoes you wear often. Shoe boxes can hold a few pairs of sneakers or a dress shoe. If possible, put the most frequently worn shoes inside your closet. That way, you won’t have to cart back and forth to the shoe closet to retrieve your shoes whenever you change outfits.

*If you have a large wardrobe, consider using shoe organizers to create separate rooms for sneakers, slippers, and dress shoes in a closet. You can use the same tactic to create smaller areas for boots and flip flops in another closet. Remember, shoe boxes can hold only so many pairs of shoes. Use the proper organizing tips and do not get discouraged if your closet is still not as full as you’d like it to be.