Published on March 9, 2018

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If there is one thing we can all collectively agree on it’s that when it comes to shoe storage enough is never enough. Whether you’re going the shoe rack route, over-the-door storage, or the highly-coveted built-in approach, you’re always left with a lingering few pairs that remain forever homeless, cluttering up either the floor of your closet or the entry. In the vein of preserving your sanity, and for the sake of minimizing the amount of clutter that can accumulate from the aforementioned scenario, we set out to uncover a few clever shoe storage solutions that will help you do just that. Take a look.

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With the lingering few in mind, take a page out of designer Leanne Ford‘s book and sneak in a statement pair of shoes (or more) within an existing shelving unit. Bonus points if you can work within a complementary color scheme.

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Place a compact shelf at the base of a free-standing clothing rack to store an edited down version of your seasonal shoe collection, just as Jessica Walsh did in her Chelsea apartment.

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A grid fastened to the wall provides ample space for storing all sorts of shoes and accessories.

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We can’t get enough of the chic color block of this modular system, which features a multitude of spaces and surfaces for shoes of all shapes and sizes.

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Shoe cabinet, console, you decide. This minimalist storage unit is both sleek and spacious, and hardly takes up any floor space due to its clever composition.

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For the small-space that lacks an entryway or hall closet, we’re all for a storage solution that packs everything into one. Case in point? This clever contraption that comes complete with a multi-level shoe rack.

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Utilize under-the-bed-storage to keep shoe clutter to a minimum. This clever pull-out shelf, composed of a cabinet and a set of wheels, will do the trick!

Get the scoop on IKEA.

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Line a bookcase with compact storage boxes or bins to keep shoes tidy and concealed!

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All you need for this quick and easy DIY are a few wood board pieces, paint, and adhesive. This custom shoe shelf makes for a minimalist storage solution, perfect for tight spaces.

Get the scoop on Style by Emily Henderson.

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When floor space is at a minimum, utilize the walls for storage. These hooks not only provide a uniform source for storage, they also keep the area clean and organized.

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Designate this mini ladder shelving system to an empty corner, and use it to house your most used pairs. Bonus points for the top that also functions as a spot for accessories and small trinkets!

Get the how-to on DesignSponge.

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Conceal an open shelving shoe storage situation by installing a lengthy curtain above the top of the shelf. Bonus points if it’s located near the windows! Opt for matching drapes for the shelf and the windows for a more cohesive look.

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Ditch the cardboard shoeboxes in lieu of these see-through alternatives! Stackable, compact, and effortlessly chic, your closet is about to get a whole lot more organized.

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Designate a wall in a closet, or even the back of the door, as a spot for storing shoes. Line the wall with rows of towel rods and hang shoes on.

Originally published September 2016. Updated March 2018.

See more organization tips:

Organizing 101: How To Finally Declutter Your Home
How to Make Your Home Look Organized, Even if You’re Not
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