Monday, October 25, 2010

Too Many Shoes To Know What To Do

We have an entry way where that two doorways share.  Its not super big--so there is not enough space for any sort of bench or table.  And because of the two doors and our NO SHOES IN THE HOUSE policy--the entry way looks like this ALL THE TIME:
(This picture was kind of mild actually because three of the six people that live in this house were gone when I took this picture--taking their shoes with them).

But you get the idea.

So I have been at a loss for a remedy to this situation for almost 8 years.
UNTIL I went to my friends DOLLAR THRIFT STORE and found this:

Its just a simple little wooden rack--nothing too special.  But for only a dollar--it was the right size and the right price to try it out.

So here it is again before getting a new coat of paint:
(Does anyone know what the little wood pieces that sit on each row are for?  I have NO IDEA!) 

And here it is after 1 and 1/2 cans of paint later--And a special thank you to my awesome neighbor Kim--who just happened to have the 1/2 of a can of the identical paint when my 1 can wasn't enough!!!  Thank goodness she is as much into spray paint as I am--I can always rely on her to help me out in that department!

It is a small change--but with big results.

Now all the shoes go onto the little rack and it instantly cleans and declutters this once messy and cluttery space!

AHHHH.  Much better.


  1. I used to have that rack but I used it for CD's (the little wood things were like bookends). I never would have thought to use it as a shoe rack. Nice idea!! :)

  2. I have the same problem with a no shoe policy at our house we always have a ton of shoes laying around the entry way. I found a great cooper tube that I we use to put all our shoes in, it seems to help a little. Now if I could just get everyone else to empty the tub every now and then. We have a similar rack in my daughter's closet, it is from pottery barn however it has plastic buckets that we keep some of her toys in. I believe that the wood things keep the tubs in place. Either way great job!!

  3. Those racks were originally made to hold CDs and VHS tapes. I use one for our shoes, too!

  4. I think the rack is a book shelf...and the wooden things move to act as book ends according to how many books you have...I'm almost sure that I have seen them in the library.


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