During the summer, you’ll often find shoes scattered through our entryway because the kids are in and out so often that none of us really feel like taking the time to put them away each time.
But whether your family consists of 2, 3, 4 (or more!) people and whether you each have 1, 2, 3 (or more!) pairs of shoes, having shoes strewn around the front door contributes to a feeling of chaos and disorder.
On the other hand, having a neat and organized entryway not only makes your home feel more welcoming for guests; it can also help you to feel better when you get home after work, a play date or running errands or when you’re feeling overwhelmed by your to-do list in general!
The key is to find a storage system that keeps the shoes neat, organized and contained but also makes them easily accessible.
If you’re keeping your shoes inside a coat closet anyway, there are tons of inexpensive racks and shelves that help you maximize and organize the space.
We keep our shoes inside the front closet in a hanging shoe organizer. Rather than hanging the organizer over the door, though, we simply tacked it to the wall itself so that the shoes are out of the way but easy to get to. Everyone knows where their shoes are, and we can get them out – and put them away – quickly!
If our entryway was wider, though, I’d love to have a bench with built-in shoe storage like the one above because it combines my favorite two features – form and function. The girls currently sit on the floor to put their shoes on, but if my husband or I want to sit, we have to trek halfway across the house to get to a chair!
I also love the added style of shoe cabinets, which are great if you don’t have a convenient closet for your shoes. With the dividers on the inside, they help keep shoes organized and out of sight, and some come with additional drawers for organizing the other miscellaneous keys, mail, et cetera that you keep by the front door.
How do you organize the shoes in your front entryway? Is it a struggle to keep them need and orderly?