26 Nov 2012
On-trend, stylish women know that a missing peep toe heel can undo any ‘red carpet’ outfit, and often, if not always, the substitute seldom offers the confident movement with which they need to turn heads.
The search in such instances results in unnecessary delays and is often unsuccessful.
On a similar note, in a house built on the foundation of raising children, there’s nothing like a good old fashioned tumble over carelessly displaced shoes to remind you how important shoe storage is.
The organisation of footwear is a shared appreciation, so here’s a roundup of home shoe storage solutions...
Boutique style displays
In-store promotional displays are what grab and hold our attention, and are partly to blame for impulse purchases.
We tend to gravitate towards these because the overall look is always inviting and unchecked by clutter.
Shoe racks and shelves that resemble such displays keep shoes in their place and reduce the likelihood of ever misplacing a shoe.
The clue to managing a boutique style display is to be disciplined and deliberate in your actions. Long hours at the office or too few hours in a day should not deter you from keeping order and structure.
When the shoes come off, they should make it onto the shelf immediately – arranged toe to toe and heel to toe for stilettos and high heels if you’re looking to save up on space.
The appeal of shoe racks and shelves lies in the fact that they cater for almost every shoe design and come in different sizes and builds to complement just about any décor.
Cubby hole style shelving with two or three tiers work well for children’s rooms because they make allowance for their height. These can be bought ready-made or spray painted at home to complement the bright décor that is often associated with kids at play.
Hidden storage should not be used as an excuse to make room for clutter and untidiness. The temptation to let the chaos grow can be overwhelming but disorder and confusion can make ‘ill’ what should have been an impressive collection of shoes.
If you’re fortunate enough to have ‘sensible’ closet space, then by all means, fully exhaust out whatever room there is. Start out by filtering through the contents and sidelining items that are no longer in use.
With a different view now in front of you, all your seasonal, sporting, evening and everyday footwear can be arranged for your convenience.
If space is a rarity, then under-bed storage shouldn’t be ruled out as an option. This choice of storage, however, should be reserved for infrequently worn shoes or out of season apparel because of the effort needed to pull out and put back your shoes.
The best way to go about it is to make use of canvas storage boxes or storage with compartments that make it easy to handle and let the shoes breathe.
Another option to try is an over-the-door or on-the-door storage rack that can be left hanging on the inside of a closet. These shoe racks not only cater for flat shoes but come in different sizes that also accommodate knee-high boots and high heels.
Labelled boxes and tags
Adopting the labelled box system is a more involved process than just placing your shoes on a shelf.
The setup calls for the labelling of see-through boxes or the original boxes that the shoes came in.
The whole idea is to place emphasis on the visibility of the shoes and the see-through containers meet this need, however, the original shoe boxes are a different story.
To increase visibility, take a picture of the shoes that lie in each box and tag it to the outside of the box. You can then stack these boxes, picture facing forward, on a shelf or in a designated corner in the bedroom.
The options are countless but it’s worth the investigation. Going without shoe storage will only ‘hurt’ you in the long run, but with a bit of effort and discipline on your part you could have your shoes organised and displayed like the promises in magazines. – Katlego Sekano
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