Shoes. We have them. We put them in things. They get in the way. Shoes are all over the place. I was so done with all of the shoes! As much as I would love to get rid of EVERY. SINGLE. PAIR! But that’s silly. As much as I hate the mess, I love my shoes! Not like in “Head Over Heels” where a-bedroom-becomes-a-closet-just-to give-them-space-so-they’re-happy love (have you seen that movie? It’s adorable, so funny, and cute!). Anyway after we’d unpacked a fair amount of boxes I realized that our throw-em-in-a-bucket method was just not working anymore. We end up wearing the same two pairs over and over only because finding a matching pair is impossible, and so many little people (our kiddos) shoes get lost in the mix. I went online and looked for shoe closet organizer. Then I found it! The solution! I’m going to share it with you!My biggest issue, other than the mess, is that I didn’t want to take up a bunch of floor space in this massive front closet. I wanted to be able to put the vacuum in there. In my searching I came across this tutorial over on Saw Dust Girl. She used wooden pegs and as cute as it is, I just couldn’t do it. It took too much time, and I needed this done 2 days ago. But the idea was solid. Here’s what I did, and what you’ll need if you want to make your own.
4 1x3x8 cut to 5 ft (or the width of your closet)
Handy tip about these ^ they’re called Furring Strips. You can get them at any home improvement store, and they are so CHEAP! Mine we $0.98… Ninety eight cents! So doable! Then I had them cut the strips for me. Yey!
Screws & anchors (if you aren’t drilling into a stud)
Hooks (I found mine at Lowes $5 for 15)
A pen/ pencil
First of all you need to mark off where you want your strips to go. I started at the top of the closet (underneath the shelf hardware) and drew a line. From there I put my wood piece up and measured 12 inches under that. I wanted the strips 12 inches apart because of the length of our shoes, if you have tiny feet make it smaller lol.Next drill your holes. The easiest way to do this is to drill a hole (smaller than the head to your screw) through the wood strip on both ends of your wood (I drilled about 6-7 inches in from each end). Then from there hold up the strip (make sure it’s level) and use the already drilled hole as a guide to drill into your wall. Does that make sense? So essentially you’re using your drilled holes as a stencil/ guide to mark drill into the wall for the anchor.
Hammer your anchors in.
I highly recommend having two people for this next step. Hold the piece of wood up and drill your screw through the hole in the wood and into the anchor. If you measure right and drilled a hole smaller than the screw head, the screw will catch on the wood and secure it nice and tight. Do this to the other end; and repeat for the remaining 3 furring strips.
Now that you have you strips all drilled and secured to the wall it’s time to mark the spots for your hooks. I measured in 2 inches then every 4 inches after that. This let me get 15 hooks on each strip (I know that doesn’t work out for pairs of shoes, but we just separated a pair between two strips on the ends. No big deal). I purchased hook with screw ends but to save myself some time I drilled tiny holes to help get the screw started.Once you have the holes drilled (if you decided) screw the hooks in and then hang your shoes!This was so easy to do! It didn’t have to be pretty because it’s behind closed doors. The walls were so gross. If I would’ve done anything else I would’ve had to have painted the walls. No thanks. This was so much easier! I love how it turned out. Now I will say I’m not sure I love seeing the dirty soles of our shoes, but that’s okay. We can hang 30 pairs of shoes in here! I have a hanging shoe organizer for flipflops that hangs from the shelf above.If you’re in need of a shoe closet organizer, I highly recommend giving this a try! It’s pretty inexpensive, space saving, and you can feel AWESOME when you’re done, for accomplishing something so cool!
Have a great day!
P.S. A BIG shout out goes to Sandra at Saw Dust Girl for sharing her amazing idea! It helped get me on my way to making this. I only made a few tweaks to her design. You’re awesome! Thank you!