Are you tired of tripping over your kids’ flip-flops and sneakers at the front door? Or do you find your laundry room piling up with shoes? Are you THAT mom who can never find a pair of shoes when you need them most- just before she leaves the house?
Because we can’t do away with shoes altogether (though I’m often tempted to trash everything in sight to rid myself of the mess) as they protect our feet by preventing shoe problems like athlete’s foot, fungus, corn’s, and ingrown toenails (Got Sneakers). Implementing a few good Kid’s shoe storage ideas is essential in a home with multiple kids!
You are certainly not alone. And you’re in the right place to get some easy solutions to this common mom problem.
Kids Shoe Storage Ideas
Before you start working on kid’s shoe storage ideas…
First thing first, make sure you clean out your kids’ shoe collection before choosing A storage space or container. Create A charity donation pile and a trash pile. Be a good person and give the shoes in good condition a new home by donating them, and toss the holey, P.E sneakers in the trash.
After deciding which shoes are staying, you can start sorting and storing them in a more organized manner
We’ve got some fantastic kids’ shoe storage ideas that will help keep your home tidy and organized. While you may not be a professional organizer, there are a variety of wonderful options depending on your budget and house space that you’ll love from this list.
Most times, you will need different storage ideas for different rooms, spaces, and lifestyle needs.
Kids Shoe Storage Ideas (By Room)
1. Wicker baskets
If you have a hall closet in your entryway, you could use that space to organize your family’s shoes. Wicker baskets are the perfect solution as they are beautiful and come in many sizes. Perfect storage for older kids’ shoes, as wicker baskets are a bit more fragile than plastic ones.
They also come in different shapes, such as rectangular or circular- practically fitting in any space.
You can take advantage of the variety of sizes and shapes wicker baskets come in. Each family member can get their own preferred type of basket. This becomes an easy place for them to keep the shoes they use regularly.
The best way to motivate your family actually to use the baskets is by making them extra special. You can grab basket labels and write each family member’s name on the basket. Keeping shoes in the right place while making everyone smile is a win-win for you mama.
Bonus: Designated shoe baskets make cleanup a breeze!
2. Storage benches
I’m a huge fan of storage that allows you to hide the mess. Shoe storage benches are a great way to store shoes such as flip flops and rain boots, in the summer or during the rainy season, and keep things hidden. The bench makes it easy for the kids to access their shoes while you keep your front door free from clutter.
What’s not to love about this shoe storage idea?
Another reason why storage benches are one of the best shoe storage solutions is that kids can sit on the bench while putting their shoes on (My son loves doing this). So, they become multi-functional which is amazing.
If your kids have a lot of rain boots or winter boots, you can also consider getting a boot hanger. This prevents creases in the boots and helps keep them in fantastic shape and good condition.
3. Kids Shoe Storage using Wooden crates
A great storage option to consider for your children’s shoes to avoid clutter in your home is wooden crates. You can add these Amazon crates to your cart, or grab some from your local Home Depot. Either way, place crates on a shoe mat in the entryway for a simple, rustic shoe storage solution.
You can repurpose your existing crates or get them at a reasonable price from your local thrift store.
We have a pro tip for you. Because kids have different sizes of shoes, you can make the crate a perfect diy shoe organizer by adding two dowels in each crate to make it sturdy and give you enough space for all your children’s shoes.
The wooden crates can also be put in the entryway for all your kids’ dirty shoes when they come from outside. Now that’s a clever way of keeping your home organized while saving space and money.
Bedroom Storage Ideas
Even with limited space, you don’t have to keep your kids’ shoes in a small corner of their room. Door shoe organizers are the best place to keep kids’ shoes in good condition with limited space.
4. Kids Shoe Storage Ideas: Shoe organizers
You can get cool and creative shoe organizers for your kid’s closet door in plastic, metal, or wooden material or with mesh pockets. There are many options. We love this storage idea because it works for shoes of all sizes -from baby to adult
5. Shoe racks
We all love a good HGTV hack. According to HGTV.com, Shoe racks are “functional and attractive shoe storage ideas“, and I must agree! one of the best ways to store your child’s shoes. When buying a shoe rack for your children’s shoes, you want to make sure it’s strong and easy to assemble.
Getting a high-quality, sturdy shoe rack will save you money and time. I love Ikea, but their products are a nightmare to put together. This fun, decorative, and durable shoe rack is ideal for kid’s shoe storage.
Plus, it can also be hazardous, especially for kids, to have shoes falling on them because the rack is wobbly. Keep the kids safe and make putting their shoes away easy!
Using the floor space is a great kids’ shoe storage idea. If you’re a busy mom, especially and have toddlers and preschoolers, you may want to have clothes and shoes in one place to save time when dressing up the kids.
You can add a kids’ shoe rack on that closet floor so that the shoes are neatly organized.
If you have enough space, though, you could also just put the shoe rack on the floor next to the closet with their clothes or a chest of drawers which has their clothes. Bonus points if it’s a colorful rack that complements the design and colors of your kid’s nursery or room. However, a can of spray paint goes a long way in the world of design.
6. Shoe cabinets
If you have a large collection of shoes, a shoe cabinet is a perfect solution for storing shoes in your bedroom or even in the living room. These come in different sizes and types and help to save storage space.
A wall-mounted shoe cabinet works well in small spaces, and you can get one with drawers or without drawers.
Teens and tweens may have special shoes that they want to keep in the shoe box to protect them from dust and moisture. In that case, you can get them the stylish stackable plastic shoe box.
The transparent material of the shoe storage boxes makes it easy for your kids to display their best shoe collection such as sneakers and high heels.
This is a great solution as it gives them easy access to their favorite shoes as they do not have to open each cardboard box to find that perfect pair.
Even younger kids may want to keep their special dress shoes inside a clear stackable plastic shoe box.
7. Fun Kids Shoe Storage Ideas: Ferris Wheels
If you like to follow the latest trends when it comes to shoe storage ideas, getting your kids a Ferris wheel is such a cool and clever idea. These come in various bright colors that kids will love while helping them choose their shoes for the day easily.
Sticking with the Fair theme, the little ones may also love these fun shoe carousels.
How to make a shoe carousel kid friendly
- Use The Home Edit signature Sort by the color system (kids are all for colors)
- Use step stools. This helps them reach the top of the carousel safely and promotes independence.
- Leave one layer exposed and over all the others in painter drop cloth
- Spray paint the exposed layer
- Let it dry, then repeat with another color
8. DIY Ideas: Tension Rods, Shoe Hooks, & More
If you stay in a house with limited space, you can consider adding tension rods to your kids’ closet space. This makes for a super amazing diy shoe storage idea.
Do you like DIY-type projects? An excellent diy shoe organizer you can make is to build your shoe rack with wood or an industrial-looking rack with wooden boards and pipes.
This builds directly into the closet, or you could build it on a bedroom wall or even behind a door, especially if you have your own home. You can make this as small or as big as you’d like.
Repurposing large pvc pipes can make for a unique kid’s shoe storage idea and DIY project. The pipes can be attached to the wall of the kids’ closet or bedroom. Make it more fun by getting your kids to help you paint the pvc pipes in different colors so they stand out.
The closet space is one of the best places to keep your child’s shoes. If you have limited space, you can have a shoe shelf on one wall or even a small walk-in closet.
If your kids have a walk-in closet with lots of space, you can have a few walls with shoe shelves. Then you can organize the shoe collection according to the different types of shoes your child has or even different colors of shoes.
Lastly, pop a few Hooks on a wall, and just like that, no fuss, kid’s shoe storage solution!
9. Coat Mount
Let’s not forget this underrated, simple shoe storage idea. With a drill, a few screws, and a wall-mounted coat rack, we have a tidy solution for our kid’s shoes in no time.
Storing shoes out of sight
Most of the ideas we’ve discussed so far include storing your shoes in an open space where they are visible. But what if you want storage units that keep your kids’ shoes out of sight?
10. Shoe drawer
A shoe drawer is the best option for this. Not only is it decorative and really brings a room together, but it’s also functional- you can’t beat form and function. Get quick shipping and order your shoe drawer from Prime, or opt for more affordable with the stylish IKEA drawers to help you organize your shoes while saving floor space. These shoe drawers also allow your kids’ shoes to get the ventilation and the space they need to keep them like new, longer.
When your kids get big and start to outgrow some of their shoes, you may want to save the shoes for the younger siblings to wear when they finally fit. You can put your children’s old shoes under the bed in cardboard boxes, but we have more creative ways for you to consider.
11. Clear storage boxes
You can still store the shoes under the bed but use a clear storage box or an under-bed shoe storage organizer. These are excellent if they’re plastic because you can still see the contents inside. Making it easy for the little ones to find things…..and you when in a hurry!
Other great shoe storage solutions for unused shoes that your kids have outgrown are getting an under-bed shoe organizer, rolling storage drawers, under-bed mesh shoe rack, and an under-the-bed trunk with wheels and a lock.
There are so many wonderful options for storing your kids’ shoes in your home. Depending on your budget and the size of your home, you can choose the one that suits you and that your kids will like. So, which is your favorite shoe storage idea?
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