This is one of those “only in L.A.” scenarios, where Fall temps can fluctuate 30 or more degrees during the course of a day. We can easily be wearing sandals during the day and boots at night. This can create some space issues in our closets, depending upon the size of the closet and the size of our shoe wardrobe.
Truth be told, and I’m sure not surprising to many of you, I have a lot of shoes, especially sandals. I don’t have a particularly large closet and do change it seasonally (L.A. adjusted, of course). While I continue to wear sandals year-round, I certainly don’t need all of them utilizing prime real estate in my closet. Earlier this week I was doing a little seasonal shoe shifting had a little “lightbulb” moment. I decided the easiest way to create more shoe storage was to make a quick trip over to The Container Store and snatch up this nifty under the bed storage container. This baby holds up to 16 pairs of sandals (or other shoes) and fits nicely under the bed. Problem solved.
If you are “closet space challenged” and also LOVE shoes, you may want to consider implementing a variety of options. If part of your closet has some long-hanging space (single bar at the top) available, I would recommend using a hanging shoe bag. These are great for flat shoes and sandals as you can fit one pair per slot or two pairs of flip-flops per slot. This model holds up to 10 pairs.
If you don’t have room for this kind of bag in your closet you might try an over the door hanging shoe bag. This one holds up to 30 pairs.
If your closet has some shelves that can accommodate shoes, reserve that space for bulkier types, such as booties, pumps, or clogs. For shoes that can fit into boxes I prefer to use clear shoe boxes which provide a clean, uniform look and make it easy to see what’s inside. Of course you can always go the extra step and label each box.
Lastly, for tall boots, I like to line them up on the floor, using boot shapers to retain their shape and to keep them upright.
Well, it’s another summer/fall day in L.A. Time for me to grab some sandals and head out the door. Let me know any great shoe storage solutions you’ve implemented and have a great weekend!