Shoe Storage – Tips & Tricks!
We all love our shoes, some a little more than others. We can all agree that buying shoes can be quite expensive at times. No one wants to buy a pricy pair of shoes and see them fall apart nearly a year later. This is why it’s important to understand not only how to store your shoes, but what to do with them when you’re moving so they can stay in tip-top shape. After all, most of the damage from your shoes is not actually from wearing them, but instead from how you’re storing them in your closet, shoe rack, and hallways!
Step 1) Figure out which shoes you will be using for the current season, whether it’s spring, summer, fall or winter. This will alleviate the shoes you don’t touch for months at a time from being exposed to dirt, getting scuffed, or being thrown in a pile and ruined. Start by collecting all of the shoes into one area and categorizing them groups based on how often you are wearing them. If there are any pairs you know you won’t be wearing again, now is the time to de-clutter and get rid of them! Find a Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill, or any consignment shop near you to make sure someone else can put them to good use!
Step 2) Once you have picked out the shoes you will be using the most due to the coming season and temperature, you will need to thoroughly clean the shoes you will be stored during this period. There are many shoe cleaning products on the market to help you with this since you will want to consider the material of each pair during this step. For example, shoes that have leather or suede material should be cleaned with a soft brush or rag if you are removing stains. Avoid products that aren’t made specifically for your shoe material, as it might make the stains worse. Once your shoes are clean, make sure they are completely dry before they are packed away.
Step 3) Stuff your shoes with paper to avoid them from losing their proper shape or getting creases overtime. If possible, hang your boots upside down on shoe stands. You can also add silica packets to shoes that are more susceptible to getting damp from humidity. If you do, make sure the shoes are out of reach from your kids and pets as these packets can be extremely harmful if consumed.
Step 4) Figure out how much available storage you have. We all know someone who has way too many shoes to even count. If you happen to be this person, you might need to think a little harder to find more places to store your shoes properly. Maybe you don’t have enough closet space, and have to expand your storage outside of your bedroom! If this is the case, plan out where and how you are going to sort and organize your shoes beforehand, so you don’t end up putting them in places that could cause them to get damaged. If you can’t fit them all in your climate-controlled living spaces, think about renting a climate-controlled storage unit when they aren’t being used. Find a storage facility near you to make quick and convenient trips to switch out different pairs for occasions and season changes. You might think renting a unit for shoes seems a little extreme, but remember, you can rent a unit the size of a locker for very cheap! This way you won’t have to throw away shoes from your collection and can ensure they won’t get ruined over the years!
Step 5) After you have found your storage areas, use some sort of shoe organizer to compartmentalize your shoes by making sure they are upright and secluded from one another. Open shoe organizers are convenient if you know you will be wearing a pair more frequently, and don’t want to have to get find them at the top of your closet later down the road. For the pairs that won’t be worn any time soon, make sure to pack them away in separate storage bins if possible to ensure they aren’t collecting dirt or dust over time. Use clear containers so you can see exactly where each pair is to avoid having to look cluelessly for a pair when you need them. Also, always make sure to put your shoes in a place that isn’t exposed to direct sunlight to avoid color fading over time.
Step 6) When you have packed your shoes in the containers, boxes or shoe rack(s) remember to again, put them in a safe, climate-controlled room to make sure they aren’t deteriorating from harsh temperatures. Your bedroom, closet shelves, living room, or hallways are all good options to store your shoes so that you are not only keeping them safe but also keeping them in an easily accessible place. Areas like your attic or basement are not good rooms to store shoes in as they usually get very hot, humid, or cool during the summer and winter months!
Whatever you do, try to avoid keeping shoes on the floor of the main entrance to your house, bedroom, closet, or wherever it may be. Shoes that aren’t stored correctly usually get scuffed, warped out of shape, or even yet…chewed on (for those of you with pets)! This process will take some time to be completed, but in the end, it will save you time and money from having to shoe-shop more frequently and spend money you could be saving!