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No More Room. . . S&C Storage Options, Part II

As we discovered last week, Miss Mojito is exploring creative storage options for two of her favorite things, shoes and cocktails. And while we’ve already discovered the joys of the rolling bar cart, this week we investigate a much trickier topic: shoe storage.

Every gal struggles with finding a place to put that new pair of shoes. Throwing them in the depths of a closet causes a big mess and makes your footwear hard to find. (Ms. S&C has also discussed her own dilemma in this arena.) And most of us aren’t lucky enough to have expansive closets that fit custom rack upon custom rack of shoes. I needed an option that was at once sturdy and affordable, attractive and useful.

I found my solution at Ikea in the form of the pervasive Expedit bookcase in black.  Each cubby hole fits four pairs of shoes, 2-3 pairs of boots or 4-6 purses.


And as you can see, the top of the shelf is the perfect spot for hat storage! Of course, not every pair of shoes fits in my bookcase, so I slip the remainder into an over-the-door cloth shoe holder.

Although my particular storage solution works well for me, I can’t help but be tempted by these colorful shoe wheels. I love the idea of spinning the wheel and taking our pick of shoes! Miss Mojito wants to know: do you have any other creative solutions for closeting your footwear?

Posted by Miss Mojito.

Cleaning out my closet

I spent part of the Labor Day weekend attempting to bring order to my under-sized closet. For awhile now, my shoe storage has consisted of me lining them up in rows in front of my dresser, thus causing me to (a) trip over them when trying to access the dresser, (b) inadvertently push them underneath the dresser, (c) wipe off a layer of dog hair before wearing. And on more than one occasion, I’ve found a few of the dog’s tennis balls lying in my wedges.

After measuring my closet, I settled on this 12-pair shelving organizer from The Container Store. I would have loved the stackable cedar shoe racks, but alas, not enough room. I think I’ve somehow ended up with the smallest closet in America. Though slightly disappointed with the quality (particleboard after all), and realizing that I don’t have much room to grow, I’m pretty happy with the finished product. The good news is I do have one other closet in my bedroom. The bad news — what happens when my husband can no longer store his stuff in the guest bedroom closet?