The Shoe Spot {31 Days of Life. Contained.}

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I am your average female. I have a severe addiction to shoes. This is a normal issue, right? On second thought, maybe I’m not average.

the shoe spot

Actually don’t tell me.

As most of you know, we have four daughters and evidence of my genes are showing strong tendencies in their closets. It’s a hereditary problem, of this I am certain.

The problem with seven people -most of which having an itty-bitty shoe fettish- in a small 1500 square foot home is that they are everywhere. Shoes, that is.

The fear of tripping over them is constant, which we can’t worry about. We already live with the fear of stumbling over little ones.

shoe organizer

Everyone has specific zones in their closets for their shoes, but what about when they have a pair out? Where do their play shoes end up? Their church shoes on Sunday afternoon?

Sadly, these are the culprits for most tumbles around here.

Enter a simple boot tray.ย It was the answer to many a bruised toe.

organizing shoes

I love how easy it is to kick off shoes and to slip them on again. The tray is made of a very hard plastic and is incredibly straightforward to clean.

It’s called rain.

I’m laughing my head off here because I’m certain you think that I’m kidding. I’m not. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And clearly it needed a good scrubbing. I draw the line on polishing designated shoe zones -even for pictures. Dirt just doesn’t seem out of place here.

shoe organization

Dirt and shoes are somewhat the normal combo here. And when it gets to be too much, there is always rain, my friend.

Rain can be wonderful.


What about you? Where do your shoes go during the day? While this is not your typical container, it works. Containing life doesn’t always necessitate a box. Creating a zone, a landing spot may be all that is required for an orderly space. In this case, a shallow tray was perfect.

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So there…..go make a dedicated shoe spot.


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One thought on “The Shoe Spot {31 Days of Life. Contained.}

  1. Christina @ The Frugal Homemaker

    No boots here. Although I half had the thought to put a mat outside like that for hubby’s work shoes that he leaves right by the door/in the entryway/coat closet so to not walk on the carpet since they have dirt,car oil, etc on them from his job. But don’t think he would appreciate standing outside this winter to put on his shoes ๐Ÿ™‚ So I will let him leave that one pair there on the tile (and tuck them in a closet if we have company). ๐Ÿ™‚

    My nieces/nephews shoes we actually don’t store in their room at all since it is upstairs. I have a vintagey metal bin (from the BHG line at Walmart – you should check out some of their containers!!) that I keep in the entryway that they just pile them all in. Shoe organizer in the coat closet for less-seldomly worn shoe like church shoes, dressier shoes/sandals. Works well and THEY can put away, get out without me having to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I can even label it with a cutesy chalkboard label since someone can’t figure out by the bin of shoes that it is supposed to be a bin of “shoes” ๐Ÿ˜‰


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