I absolutely love having my shoes near the front door for quick and easy access.
In my opinion, everyday shoes should be close by or somewhere you know they are so you can grab them in an instant if you ever need to run out the door.
In this article I’m going to share some of my best shoe storing tips for everyday shoes and places you should avoid.
I hope you enjoy this article 🙂
1. Near the Front Door
Keeping your shoes near the front door is the most simplest way to remember where your shoes are whenever you need them.
However, that doesn’t mean in a pile and under muddy boots.
They should be set in a tidy fashion so they cannot be trampled on or banged around, ensuring easy access and longevity.
2. On a Shoe Shelf
And yep, you guessed it.
Your everyday shoes should be near the front door on a shoe shelf.
There are a bunch of them out there but I highly recommend the closed shelf with an open front.
This keeps all the shoes easy to grab, in a tidy fashion and you won’t end up with a pile of shoes at the front door.
Heck, you won’t even see the shoes for that matter which is good if you like to keep your home as tidy as possible.
This is the type of shoe shelf I’m talking about.
3. In the Garage
Storing your everyday shoes in the garage is ONLY a good idea if it’s connected to your house.
That way you can step out the door, slip on your shoes, get in the car and go.
Plus the garage is out of everyone’s way and keeps your home looking tidy and fresh, especially when guests come.
It also makes you look like you’ve got your sh*t together when your date comes over for dinner!
And yes I say use a shoe shelf in there too.
It just keeps everything in a tidy manner, and when your home is tidy, you are much happier and can organize your life much easier.
4. Avoid Wire Racks
Shoe wire racks, in my opinion, are the absolute worst.
Shoes get stuck between the wires, they make your shoes look very untidy and they usually end up never being used anyway.
As a result, people end up leaving their shoes on the floor.
5. Consider Using a Shoe Basket
A shoe shelf is a great idea if it’s you and your partner living in the house.
However, when there’s roommates and children involved, things can get more hectic and a shoe shelf won’t cut the mustard.
A better alternative is to get a shoe basket for every person living in the house and name the baskets so everyone knows where to put their OWN shoes.
Take this step even further by placing them on a shelf near the front door for convenience.
Of course a bigger shelf is needed since shoe baskets take up a lot of space.
Keep slip ons handy
Slip ons are shoes or flip flops that can be slipped on in an instant when you need to run out the door as fast as possible.
My recommendation are croc shoes…as long as you don’t care about the hideous looks.
They are lightweight, they can be used almost anywhere, they’re extremely comfortable and can be put on instantly.
Personally I don’t like them because they look ridiculous, but others absolutely love them make a good option for those who do.
Keep your important and expensive shoes in a more secure spot
Important shoes include your going out shoes, designer shoes, expensive boots, expensive heels, etc.
These shoes aren’t used very often so should be put away in a safe and secure spot until you need them.
This could be on a shelf in your wardrobe or the corner of your room, but away from direct sunlight.
This guide explains everything you need to know.
Keep shoes off the floor at all times
Keeping your shoes on the floor might seem good for easy access but all sorts of problems arise.
It ends up taking longer to find your shoes because ones near the front door and one somehow managed to get to the other side of the room.
Often times shoes get piled under each other and trampled on by careless people (kids, lol) and your shoes end up not lasting as long.
Do not store shoes outside
I do not recommend keeping your shoes outside, for many reasons.
The goal is to make your shoes last as long as possible so you get your moneys worth.
Leaving them outside exposes them to the harsh outdoor elements such as direct sunlight (which will discolor your shoes and may even soften adhesives) and moisture.
Moisture will get into your shoes and speed up the dry rotting process.
Do not store everyday shoes in the basement
Yes they are out of the way and makes the house look more tidy, however, storing your shoes in the basement does more harm than good.
For one, they are completely out of easy access when you need to grab them in a fast manner.
Secondly, they are exposed to the harsh basement environments especially condensation in the winter or humidity in the summertime.
Which of course, will kill them faster!
Everyday Shoes are Called Everyday Shoes for a Reason
Everyday shoes are called that for a reason.
That reason is that they will be used everyday, without fail.
So you need to know where they are at all times and able to grab them and put them on as quickly as possible.
And you can’t do that if they’re in the basement, under a pile of everyone else’s shoes or separated due to everyone kicking the shoes around when they walk in the door.
So the only viable solution is to store them near the front door, in their own shelf.
Well that’s what I do and it works wonders.
That’s it for this article. I hope you found a storage method you you like.
If you have any of your own storage techniques that you would like to share, we would love to hear then in the comments below!
Cheers and have a great day.