Most of us (especially ladies) have more than a pair of shoes at home. Sometimes there might not be sufficient storage space for the extra pairs on the rack or cupboard. So, where and how do you store them?
I used to chuck all the extras pairs and those that were hardly worn into a big box. Unfortunately, some of them were damaged (scratched, marked, tear) from continuous tossing and stacking. Since then, I've started to experiment with various budget-friendly methods to store the shoes with care and prolong their life span.
I live in a small home so there is limited room for additional shelving units or shoe racks. Hence, the old box is still the most feasible choice but with a little care and protection.
To keep the shoes in shape and prevent creases, you will need to use shoe trees to fill the shoes after taking them off. For budget-friendly solution, simply stuff them with paper.
Fabric drawstring shoe bag
Before keeping them away in a box, put the shoes inside a fabric drawstring shoe bag. This will help to prevent the shoes from scratches and dirt stain. I recycled some of the shoe bags from previous hotel stay. They are durable and washable.
Shower cap as shoe bag
If you can't find shoe bags, you can use a shower cap instead. It fits a pair of pump perfectly. This method is also great for packing shoes in a luggage while traveling. Just ensure that the shoes are clean or put on an additional layer to avoid contamination with the clothes.
Shoes in socks
Don't throw away your old socks in future. Just give them a wash and reuse them protect your shoes. You can slip the shoes in quickly and easily.
Stacking up the shoe boxes
Keep the shoe box if it comes together with the shoes. Storing shoes in its original box will fit the size nicely while protecting it from damage. The boxes can also be stacked on top of each other. You may consider to label the boxes for ease of access and identification.
muslin drawstring bag for shoes
Some brands may also come with muslin drawstring bag for the shoes. Again, use them and don't throw them away.
Do you have any interesting way of storing your shoes?