The number of shoes in
your house may be comical at this point—flip-flops, rain boots, sneakers,
ballet shoes, soccer cleats, patent-leather Sunday-best Mary Janes. That's why
having a place for everything is critical, because scattered shoes are the best
way to turn an entryway into an obstacle course. Happily, you have storage
options—from shoe racks in the front closet to shoe shelves under a bench. But
before you make a pur-chase or search out a DIY project to solve your shoe
situation, decide which shoes are going to live where.
Determine what can stay in the bedroom and what has to be
easily accessible in the entry, then figure out storage to match your needs. I
only store in the entryway shoes that we
tend to grab on the way out the door. In the Oakland summer, it's flip-flops or
sandals. They don't take up much space, so a small metal bin is all we need to
hold them. For our Colorado winters, snow boots were lined up neatly on the
floor, but Sunday shoes were kept in the bedroom closets.