Blue House | Organization

Confession: I have a lot of shoes

March 22, 2013

I’m sure I’m not in the minority with this admission, but I really do have a lot of shoes. I just counted 73 pairs, and I’m sure I missed some in there since there’s no real space in my closet for them. That includes flip flops, sneakers, dress shoes, boots and everything else, including one pair of slippers. That’s a lot of shoes, man.

According to most articles I’ve found online, the average American woman owns less than 20 pairs of shoes, which upgrades me to hoarder status apparently. Unless, all of those women are lying, which I have a strong suspicion they are.

According to a Glamour poll, most women said they had 20 to 40 pairs of shoes. I would have guessed that I had about 50 pairs of shoes, so I’m going to bump this number up to 30 to 50 pairs per the average American woman. Of course, if you factor in the type of woman who reads Glamour, this number still might be a wee bit high.


I have only a couple of pairs that I hang on to for sentimental reasons. For instance, I don’t see myself ever getting rid of my wedding shoes. However, I probably do have a few pairs I can bear to part with. I think.

I’ve never had adequate shoe storage. In our last house, I actually only kept in-season shoes in my closet. The rest were stored in a plastic tote in the garage, which meant I had to switch out shoes with the changing of the seasons.

Our current closet has enough space; it’s just not being properly utilized.


Most of the shoes are out of my reach up high on that shelf. The ones below pile up, because I can never reach to return them up high. I also have a hanging shoe rack on the back of the closet door, which prevents the door from shutting all the way. Poor travis has all of his shoes crammed into the bottom right corner. Any way you look at it, our current shoe storage is a hot mess. Actually the entire closet is a hot mess, but that’s a story for another day.

So in the interest of saving my sanity, I’ve been looking into new shoe storage solutions.

I love the idea of corralling all of my flip flops into a basket like Chris did over at


I’m also digging the shoe tree at The Container Store. I’m not sure if I would actually have enough floor space for this option, though. A girl can dream, right? I just think this would be a smart way of organizing all of the shoes that are worn the most, which for me would be ballet flats.


Over at Hearty-Home, they used a letter tray for flip flops and flats. I think this could get expensive quickly, but you never know where you might find a deal on something like this. If I could score a deal on some organizers, I think it could be perfect storage for all of my most-worn shoes.


I’ve been hanging my boots for about a year now thanks to a tip I saw on Browne Eyed Belle via Pinterest. This helps save a ton of room, but I still like to keep the boxes for some of my nicer boots for out-of-season storage.


We knew when we bought our blue house that our closet would need a major overhaul. I just didn’t know that it was going to drive me completely crazy in the meantime. We’re holding off a bit longer on reworking our closet, but I think I have a pretty good idea of how to address my shoe storage problems. In the meantime, I’ll be pinning away new organizational ideas on Pinterest.

What clever ways have you found to store shoes? I’d love to know! Also, please tell me I’m not the only one out there with 70+ pairs of shoes.

All comments are encouraged and appreciated!