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How do you organize the shoes in your house?



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busy mommy




 
 
    
 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:20 pm
In my house, it is the norm to take off our shoes and walk around in socks. (no rule but many of my kids like to) They do not want to go up to their room to put their shoes away, so I am looking for some sort of way to organize the many pairs of shoes near the front entranceway.
I tried this from Ikea but they kept leaving it open and the front door kept knocking into it until it finally broke. I also did not like the look of a cabinet with doors hanging open all the time.
Any ideas of something you do or just ideas that might work?
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ra_mom




 
 
    
 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:26 pm
If they need to stay at the door, I would just buy a really large shoe mat, so they're contained and they're forced to stay neat.
https://www.amazon.com/Matace-.....psc=1

Any racks will just become storage dumping racks. Better something for quick drop off/pick up.
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amother
White


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:27 pm
We have a shoe rack near the front door.
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amother
Honeysuckle


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:28 pm
Shoe rack inside the coat closet
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amother
Amaryllis


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:29 pm
Really depends on the space you have. We have a 3 shelf long boot rack and put that at the bottom of the coat closet.
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amother
Babypink


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:30 pm
Anything with a door or drawer will not work, they never do. Too many steps.
Buy something like this, foolproof. We have one with 5 shelves, every shelf is allocated to another family member. (Little ones share.) works like a charm.
https://www.amazon.com/Kitsure.....rce=1
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amother
Salmon


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:30 pm
We had a 3 shelf shoe rack near the door. Now we have it in the coat closet because I don’t want it cluttering the entrance way. Once in a while I have to say move the shoes to the closet. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Bet.....21367
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busy mommy




 
 
    
 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:31 pm
ra_mom wrote:
If they need to stay at the door, I would just buy a really large shoe mat, so they're contained and they're forced to stay neat.
https://www.amazon.com/Matace-.....psc=1

Any racks will just become storage dumping racks. Better something for quick drop off/pick up.


All the shoes of everyone in the house end up living by the front door since no one ends up putting away their previous pair. (like after shabbos no one remembers to put their shabbos shoes away in their room so they just sit there until the next shabbos) There would be approximately 15-20 pairs by the front door. I was hoping to have a better and neater solution.
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busy mommy




 
 
    
 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:33 pm
amother Honeysuckle wrote:
Shoe rack inside the coat closet

I live in South Florida where most houses don't have a coat closet! I bought a shoe rack that just sat in the entranceway and it was a dumping ground (like someone else mentioned upthread)
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amother
Salmon


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:34 pm
Something like this? https://www.amazon.com/VTRIN-O.....rce=1
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amother
Steel


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:37 pm
We have a big shoe mat inside the front closet. All the shoes we own live there. It's hard to find your shoes and annoying so I don't necessarily recommend it.
Maybe buy a few nice, wooden crates and have every 2 kids share a crate. Would that make sense? At least everything is contained this way.
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ra_mom




 
 
    
 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:37 pm
Any of these interest you?

https://www.amazon.com/SpaceAi.....psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/Tajsoon.....;th=1
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busy mommy




 
 
    
 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:44 pm
ra_mom wrote:
Any of these interest you?

https://www.amazon.com/SpaceAi.....psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/Tajsoon.....;th=1


The round one is cool! I am going to measure to see if this can fit.
Thanks
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amother
Babypink


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:47 pm
busy mommy wrote:
The round one is cool! I am going to measure to see if this can fit.
Thanks


I wouldnt recommend going with something tall. Kids just kick off their shoes and this makes it a step more. Also it probably smells if it’s at nose level.
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amother
Honeysuckle


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 6:50 pm
busy mommy wrote:
I live in South Florida where most houses don't have a coat closet! I bought a shoe rack that just sat in the entranceway and it was a dumping ground (like someone else mentioned upthread)
Do you have a garage? Would it be practical to keep shoes there? I've seem that done.

What about an entryway bench or rack or cubbies?
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amother
Lemonchiffon


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 7:13 pm
We have a storage bench with cabinets/shelves where we keep Shabbos shoes and other shoes that aren’t worn very often and the rest just get put by the wall near the back door. We tidy them up when we clean for Shabbos but during the week it’s not the neatest usually…
No one keeps their shoes in the bedroom at my house.
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amother
Narcissus


 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 7:28 pm
We have an under bed storage bin near our front door. Current shoes on top and boots and Shabbos shoes go in (to be swapped with the sneakers erev Shabbos)
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honey bunny




 
 
    
 

Post Sun, Jun 23 2024, 8:23 pm
I bought a shoe cabinet by the door, hung a pretty mirror and put a diffuser. Anyone coming in is shocked its a shoe cabinet. But don't get your hopes up that the kids put their shoes in it. I do it. But I like that they're hidden and causes less "missing shoes" drama in the morning. Everyone can find their shoes .
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logical




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, Jun 24 2024, 5:39 am
I do this too and its a big help in keeping the floors clean(er).

So I have an entry way 2 door closet with a hanging rod and shelf on top.
I put all bags etc on top shelf, and then hang this on the rod next to jackets/coats. Its a shoe organizer with 24 "cubbies".
https://www.amazon.com/Closet-.....r=8-8
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zaq




 
 
    
 

Post Mon, Jun 24 2024, 8:11 am
If the issue is the doors and drawers, get a set of cubbies without doors and assign each person a cubby of his own. The simplest and cheapest solution is to have a bin of some sort into which people toss their shoes any old way, but the down side of that is that it's harder for people to find their shoes afterwards. Decide whether your priority is ease of retrieval or ease of storage. If your family can be relied on to put their shoes into their cubbies, go for that. If they're likely to just leave their shoes on the floor, go for the bin.
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