Organizing in Small Spaces: Shoe Containment Center

by Katie on January 22, 2013

In case you’re wondering, you did not miss an edition of the Organizing in Small Spaces Series last week.  As much as I had hoped to work on the series last week, I had one son with exams as well as two kids who were sick, and by the end of the week, I managed to pick up a nasty flu bug myself.  So overall, it was a stellar week for our family!

Anyhow…on with the organization.  I wanted to put together this series for all those families who are trying to organize in a “smaller-than-ideal” space.  I might not have mentioned it in previous posts, but we live in a relatively small house.  I say relatively because compared to so many people in the world, our house is a mansion.  And while I sometimes struggle to keep all of us organized in the space we have available, I am forever grateful to have a roof over our head that is more than adequate for all of our needs.

That being said, I function much more efficiently when our home is organized and things are in their proper places.  And since our front door opens into our living room, it is a space that I like to keep maintained at all times.  One of the biggest issues that I deal with by our front door is the mound of shoes that accumulate when the kids come into the house.  Once you account for six pairs of shoes (and they’re not little, tiny feet anymore!), there’s a fairly hefty pile of shoes that some who is not so graceful (me!) is liable to trip over.

I also don’t think it makes the living room appear very inviting when it looks as though I’m selling shoes out of my home as a side business.  At the same time, I understand that the kids don’t necessarily want to carry their shoes back to their rooms and put them away several times a day (and I’m not sure that I’d want to fight that battle several times a day!).

To keep me sane and everyone happy, I found a large basket that sits happily in our front entry to easily accommodate our family’s shoes throughout the day.  This solution makes it easy for the kids to slip on a pair of shoes to run out and get the mail, but also keeps my living room and entry way presentable.

Tomorrow I’ll be expanding on my obsession love of baskets as I continue to organize the remainder of our living room.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Janet Wells January 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Love the basket – Where did you get it? I need one by our door!



Katie January 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hi Janet –

I picked it up at a garage sale – one of my favorite shopping locations!


De Anna January 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Baskets are a great organizational tool Katie. I have one that we use for our dog’s toys. It’s much easier to pick the basket up and walk about the house picking up their toys and popping them in the basket than it is making 10 trips back and forth. If I could only teach my dogs to put their toys in the basket I’d have it made. Looking forward to the rest of your organization posts.

We’ll have to get together and do lunch some day soon.


Katie January 23, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I couldn’t agree more! We have a combined dog/cat toy basket for the exact same reason. I am definitely not a fan of trying to carry an armload of pet toys around while searching for more under couches and chairs!

I would love to get together for lunch – it’s been way too long since we’ve chatted 🙂


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