Feb 28

It has finally started to rain down here in sunny Southern California, and it is a welcome break for the seemingly nonstop sunshine we have been getting for the last few months. Hopefully this rainstorm can replenish our snow pack, fill reservoirs and prevent some forest fires this summer. At the same time we better hope that this sudden downpour does not cause our very fragile hillsides to collapse and turn into a muddy tidal wave, crushing everything in its path. Speaking of mud, even if a natural disaster does not occur, you should prevent a dirty disaster from occurring in your home. Using a shoe tray in your mudroom is a great way to keep that grossness from entering the rest of your home.

The idea behind a shoe tray is that when you enter your foyer with dirty, wet and muddy shoes you can just kick them off in the tray. That way the mud never comes in contact with your carpet, tile or hardwood floors and is limited to the welcome mat and this handy dandy shoe tray. It is a great way to ensure your floors look great even through the rainy season.

When you have children, it is important to stay vigilant with them and make sure they are taking their muddy shoes off in the entryway every single time. There is nothing worse than coming home from a long day at work to find Junior has made mud-tracks leading to his room on your brand new beige carpeting!

The Merrick Engineering Boot Tray is a great choice for your entryway. This metal boot tray is very discrete and simple looking, yet is perfect for capturing that mud and gunk that inevitably gets tracked indoors during inclement weather. With this tray, you can rest assured that the dirty and debris stays in your hallway and out of the rest of your home.Shoe Tray

Jan 31

My friends have had their daughter for a couple of years now, and she is entering the “Terrible Twos” phase of her life. I guess they should just count their blessings that this cliché did not actually begin until she was about three. However she sure is terrible – pulling on mommy’s earrings, eating bugs and dirty, and of course doing her best to ruin her parent’s favorite things. This includes shoes, so one suggestion I gave them was to use hanging shoe storage to keep their nice shoes out of reach and out of the toilet.

Little kids are quite industrious, so locking your shoes in the closet is not going to work. They will undoubtedly find a way into the closet, and your shoes will definitely find their way into a big hole in the backyard. Instead use hanging shoe storage like this over the door shoe rack.

Hanging Shoe Storage

Able to hold 36 pairs of shoes, you will not need to worry about your little one getting his or her hands on your fabulous pair of Jimmy Choo’s. The rack can be customized to fit your shoe collection size. I would recommend not allowing it to hang all the way down, because that puts your shoes dangerously close to the hands of a grabby toddler.

Another idea is to use shoe boxes instead of hanging shoe storage and place the boxes way at the top of your closet. Not only will this technique completely hide your shoes from the kids, but it also keeps dust and dirt out of your shoes and increases their life span. The set of 4 large Vision shoe boxes makes a great choice for this very task.

Hanging Shoe Storage

Armed with shoe boxes and hanging shoe storage, I hope my friend and her husband are able to successfully keep all of those shoes out of the hands of their little child.

Jan 21

So I just read this crazy article online about the most rat infested cities. And wouldn’t you know it but I live in one of them! Who knew my quaint little big city would be one of the rattiest places in the country! I am so skeeved out right know that I need to talk about something more comforting, such as door hanging shoe storage.

Door hanging shoe storage is an especially pertinent topic for us to be delving into because it prevents the unthinkable from occurring. A rat getting into your shoes or your clothing! That is probably one of the most disgusting things I can think about, and the mere idea of a hairy, germ-infested creature jumping all over my stuff makes me want to dry heave.

So in that case, take a look at this great door hanging shoe storage option. The Natural Canvas Cotton 20 Pocket Over the Door Shoe Organizer offers transitional style and easy organizing for your bedroom. The bamboo inserts within this door hanging shoe storage ensures that it is rigid enough to stay in place when you open and shut the door.

Door Hanging Shoe Storage

This organizer is perfect because rats will definitely have a hard time climbing up the door, onto the organizer and then into the shoes. And really, unless you are storing your bedtime snacks inside of your slippers, those vermin really have no good reason to be climbing all over your shoes.

In fact, I am starting to think I am over-reacting with the need for door hanging shoe storage. But then again, I take one glance at that web page, with those whiskered weirdos climbing all over stuff, and I am frightened back into hanging storage submission. There is no way I am risking finding a stinky rat buried headfirst into my penny loafers!

Jan 13

As my wife and I expect our first child later in this month, we have started to pay attention to how quickly our storage space has dwindled. Our small apartment is growing from two residents to three, and even a tiny baby can take up a ton of space. It makes me wonder how much larger families are able to do it, especially when it comes to storing all of those shoes. Here are some great family shoe storage options that you can use throughout the house.

For those that have a larger home and a spacious entryway, I would suggest using a shoe bench for your family shoe storage. Something such as the Keystone Shoe Bench makes the perfect storage choice in your home. This bench is made from solid wood, meaning it will not sag and bend under the weight of your family’s shoes. The bench is very stylish and looks great in a wide variety of settings, perfect for anyone’s family shoe storage.

Family Shoe Storage

For those that may not have a large open space in the entryway but have spacious closets, perhaps some modular family shoe storage can get the job done. The two tier stackable shoe rack is a great choice for this task. This shoe rack is also made from sturdy wood, ensuring a long-lasting quality. It has a simple design though that really does not matter because it is stored inside the closet where nobody will see it.

Family Shoe Storage

Lastly, there are those readers in a situation like myself and have neither a spacious entryway nor a large amount of closet space. Those folks are going to have to get inventive and use something like over the door shoe storage for their family shoe storage needs. The 30 pair over the door shoe rack is a must-have for any family that is tight on space and has an abundance of shoes.

Family Shoe Storage

There have it, three family shoe storage options for three different housing situations. Hopefully you and your family can use one of these suggestions to clear up the clutter in your closet or entryway!

Jan 03

It seems like this year my wife got a ton of new shoes for Christmas. This is great because she is a working professional and always needs to have a lot of formal and casual shoes to wear to her various events. Unfortunately there is not a ton of room in our home to store those new shoes this year. In order to keep the shoes organized and efficiently stored, we needed to get a hanging shoe storage rack to keep them off the floor.

Keeping your shoes organized and off of the floor is very important. Shoes that sit on the floor can rub and bump into each other, causing them to scuff and lose their new appearance. It is much more sensible to invest in a hanging shoe storage rack then to constantly be replacing messed up shoes. Shoes can be very expensive so it is important to make sure they last as long as possible.

A great hanging shoe storage rack is the Cedarstow Hanging Shoe Bag. This is a great choice for your closet or bedroom because it is extremely durable. This is important because often a hanging shoe storage rack is only a temporary storage solution, falling apart after a few months or maybe a year of use.

Hanging Shoe Storage rackThe bag is made from cotton material, giving it a soft quality that is perfect for shoe storage. Rougher materials tend to leave scratches on leather or scuff up suede. But cotton is perfect because it allows you to slide your shoes right into each cubby for easy and safe storage.

The planks in between in each cubby are made from red cedar wood. This durable wood construction allows the hanging shoe storage rack to hold heavier shoes that would tear lesser racks to pieces. Another benefit of the cedar wood is the fresh scent it gives your closet or bedroom.

When you are looking to store a whole bunch of shoes in an efficient and safe manner, look no further than this excellent example of a hanging shoe storage rack.

Dec 13

As an apartment dweller, I am always looking for an easy way to expand my storage options. And of course, as a rent I do not have a ton of extra cash I can spend all willy-nilly. So when I am looking for new storage options for my apartment, I am looking not only for quality, but also thriftiness. One great way to save space and a few dollars is to use stacking shoe storage to keep things organized. Stacking shoe storage is a great choice whether you are looking to improve the storage capacity of an entryway, bedroom or closet!

What is great about stacking shoe storage is that it takes up very little space in the home. This is totally necessary when you are like me and constantly fighting for additional storage space anywhere I can get it. The shoe storage rack that really caught my eye when I was looking around online is the Two Tier Stackable Shoe Rack. What initially set this rack apart from the others is the rich antique walnut finish, which fits in perfectly with my existing décor.

Stacking Shoe Storage

But this stackable shoe storage rack is not just a pretty face – it also has excellent storage capabilities. The rack is made from solid wood, giving it a sturdy construction that will not sag under the weight of a bunch of shoes. The shoe rack is designed to be stacked up, which is great when you are like me and have a ton of shoes.

However, if you do not want to stack up these shoe storage racks you can simply use them alone. The rack has two tiers with slatted bottoms. This provides excellent air flow to your shoes, which is totally necessary in my house of the stinky feet.

So there you have it, some really easy stacking shoe storage for any room of the home, all for under 50 bucks!

Dec 05

When it comes to storing shoes that you wear in the summer, it is not too difficult of a task. Summer shoes are light and breezy, and do not require a lot of storage space. That makes it incredibly efficient to keep your shoes organized between May and September. However, as the weather starts getting colder and your shoes larger and heavier, something more heavy-duty needs to step up to the shoe storage plate. Winter shoe storage can be solved very simply with just a shoe rack or two in your closet or entryway.

Winter shoes need to protect you from the frigid elements that present themselves between November and March. Therefore, they are quite a bit larger, clunkier and heavier. This can cause some problems if you are not prepared for winter shoe storage. As I mentioned before, it only takes a few steps to ensure your home is totally ready to store all of those boots!

Winter Shoe Storage Solutions

First of all, I would recommend a boot tray for your entryway. When the winter comes around, that usually means a lot of snow or rain. Sometimes you get both. Sometimes you get both at the same time. A boot tray is great for winter shoe storage because it keeps that mud and sludge off of your floors. The Merrick Engineering Boot Tray is a perfect example, as it provides a 28” by 14” surface for your boots, and comes in a set of two.

Winter Shoe Storage

Now, when it comes to storing your shoes once they are all dried off and cleaned up, you need a shoe rack that can handle a bit of weight. That means skip on the flimsy plastic-framed shoe racks, or the space-saving over the door shoe rack. Storing these substantial winter shoes is going to take a little heft, a bit of floor space.

The Three Tier Mudroom Shoe Rack is the perfect choice when it comes to winter shoe storage. What is great about this shoe rack is that it is made from durable solid wood, and provides three levels of shoe storage. Not only that, but it also includes its own boot tray so you have a place to store additional wet or muddy shoes.

Winter Shoe Storage

With these two simple solutions, you can revolutionize the way you go about winter shoe storage. Neither of these items is hard to find, and neither is very expensive. So now there is no more excuses for a muddy and disorganized entryway in the winter!

Nov 21

It might not be the most glamorous present out there, but an organizational holiday gift can go a long way for those of us who have friends in need. You know the type – never has people over because their house is so messy, always late because they cannot find the clothing or accessory they  are looking for, et cetera, et cetera.

Maybe you feel like you can get them to turn the corner with just a little bit of extra help – that is where an organizational holiday gift comes in handy. You can show them how easy and simple it is to get properly organized in the home, and show them that life is easier and simpler when you know where all of your things are. Putting things away in their right place is pretty difficult when you have never created a “right place” for them!

There are quite a few great organizational holiday gift ideas, for every single room of the home! Whether that special someone has a bedroom that looks like it just endured a tsunami or a kitchen that could be labeled a biohazard threat, there is an organizational solution! Since this is the Shoe Racks Blog, obviously we are going to talk about how using the right organizer can transform the closet or entryway.

All too often people rent or purchase a home due to the spacious closet space. Yet then they almost immediately inundate this space with a ridiculous amount of clutter, rendering it basically useless. With the right organizational holiday gift, you can help your friend reclaim this territory in the name of tidiness!

A great choice for an organizational holiday gift is the Two Tier Shoe Rack by Neu Home. This is not the most exciting shoe rack, but it provides excellent organizational qualities that you need to have a tidy closet. The rack is able to hold around six pairs of shoes.

Organizational Holiday Gift

 

Nov 15

One type of shoe storage product we have not discussed recently on this blog is hanging shoe storage. It is certainly not the most glamorous of shoe storage, so that probably explains why it has been a few weeks since the topic has been brought up.

However, it should be noted that hanging shoe storage is very important when it comes to having a tidy closet or bedroom. The great thing about this type of shoe storage is that it provides great organization for shoes and other footwear, all while taking up no floor space! That is right folks, these hanging shoe storage products allow you to store so much more in your closet.

There is a wide variety of hanging shoe storage products out there, ranging from sturdy and stable to flimsy and floppy. You want to stick to the highly rated products, because any bottom of the barrel shoe rack is going to be virtually useless if it is not well made.

One very highly rated hanging shoe rack is the Canvas Shoe Organizer. This simple hanging shoe storage rack is made from durable cotton canvas, and provides storage with its 10 shelves. The narrow space and quality construction is definitely why this is such a highly rated product.

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Another great hanging shoe storage product is the Juvenile Aquarium Pattern Open Front Shoe Organizer. This product is obviously a shoe organizer for children. But face it – kids are terrible at keeping their shoes neat! If there is anyone out there that needs some advanced shoe storage assistance, it is our children.

Hanging Shoe Storage

So if you are on the fence in investing in some hanging shoe storage, think about the kids, the kids! Think about the kids and put in that investment – it will be worth it for you and your family!

Nov 07

Every so often, I like to go back and review some of the best new shoe racks that have come out. Guess what? It’s just about that time of the year again. I think this is a great time to display some of the best shoe storage accessories that are available on the market. With the holidays just around the corner, one very functional gift is a shoe rack. Without further ado, I give you the new shoe rack update!

I really like it when shoe storage accessories provide a lid. That way you do not have to worry about a bunch of dust, dirt or animal hair finding its way into your shoes. Not only that, but it provides a more streamlined look in your closet or entryway. Shoes tend to give a cluttered look. But when you use the Set of 3 Vision Shoe Storage Boxes to keep your footwear organized, you don’t have to worry about giving off a cluttered appearance.

New Shoe Rack Update

This storage accessory definitely deserves its place on the new shoe rack update. It is made from canvas, giving it a classic appearance. Not only does canvas look great in the home, it is extremely durable. And durability is definitely important when it comes to proper shoe storage.

Moving on through our new shoe rack update, we come to another unique shoe storage option.

Instead of being a rack you keep in the closet or a box that goes under the bed, sometimes the best shoe storage is actual storage-dedicated furniture. The Paoli Shoe Bench is a worthy addition to the new shoe rack update, providing storage for up to six pairs of shoes! This shoe bench also has a stylish design that looks great in any room.

New Shoe Rack Update

Next week we will continue the new shoe rack update with two more unique and efficient storage accessories!