How to organize more shoes in small cabinet

As we leave from home for work, We try to match our footwear with different outfits. Some of us really love to change footwear daily according to outfits. You must be wasting 5-10 minutes daily after getting ready finding the right shoe.
We also have some occasional wear footwear which we might be wearing once in a month. The occasional wear footwear attracts dust and moisture over the period of time.
Rather than keeping all types of footwear here and there. Isn’t a great idea to keep all at one place in your Shoe cabinet. I would share How?
Its better to have a Shoe Cabinet at the entrance of the home so that we can wear the shoe there itself. And while coming back, we can open there itself so that dust doesn’t enters our Home with our footwear. It would also help to keep our Home neat and clean.

I would like to share How I have organized my shoe cabinet. Earlier, I used to accommodate 10-15 pairs. But now, after applying some organization ideas I can store 25 pairs.

My Shoe cabinet

I would recommend you to buy a Shoe cabinet with ventilated doors and attached drawers. Here, I would like to share some tips on How I have organized my Shoe Cabinet. I have a Shoe Cabinet with sliding doors which has deep 3 shelves. Since, I don’t have a Cabinet with drawers so I have kept a Storage Basket to keep shoe care essentials.

Shoe care essentials

I have kept 2 storage baskets to store shoe care essentials like shoe bags for travel (handy while packing shoes for travel), Shoe shiner, Different types of Shoe Polishes, Leather care cream, Scrubber Shoe Brush, Extra Heel protector, extra in-souls, Foot Spray, All Fix glue or Mod podge. All these are very helpful for minor repairs which can be done at home.
I have placed another basket for keeping socks.

I have kept Printed shoe bags in another basket which is required while travelling.

Shoe cabinet organization

Now, Coming towards the shelves.
It could earlier accommodate upto 10-12 pairs. How can I maximize the storage and accommodate more shoes in the same cabinet? To accommodate more shoes, I have to make some modifications:

1. Stack able Shoe Stand

Shoe organization after using stackable shoe stand

Use these Stack able shoe stand in your Shoe Cabinet where one can keep one pair on each stand. It saves lot of vertical space and looks good. You can easily put Ladies & Kids foot wears.
Drawback: You can’t keep Men’s shoes as height is limited to 2-3 inches of heels.
Tip: Before buying this Organizer, Please check the height of the shelf as well.

2. Shoe Boxes- DIY Idea

DIY Idea for organizing shoes

I have used a DIY idea to accommodate more shoes. I have placed a normal Cardboard shoe boxes here . Just remove the front part and lid from the box so that It becomes front open box. You may decorate them by painting if you wish to for the neat look. Now, Place the boxes in the shelf. You can easily place 2 flats inside the box and one the top. The idea is to keep the shoes easily accessible.

3. Shoe Bags

Place shoes in Shoe bag to store shoes

Another idea is to place shoes in the shoe bag and place them on the top of each other. You can label it to avoid unnecessary hassle. This idea can be implemented those shoes which you wear occasionally. This will protect shoes from dust and humidity.

4. Keeping Kids Shoes Sideways

Shoe cabinet organization

You can keep kids shoes sideways. Two shoes can be accommodated instead of one. Since, I have a deep shelf so I have kept even my footwear sideways.

You can place a command hook on the door to hang a mesh bag so that all dirty socks can go directly to this bag and after that i can throw that bag to the washing machine. It will help you from loosing socks here and there.
For details: My Great Organizing Ideas with Command Hooks.


Alternative 1:

Shoe organization when you don't have shoe cabinet

If you don’t have a shoe rack or still need extra space. You can use Over the Door Hanging Shoe Organizer. It has big pockets which can easily hold one pair of shoes in each pocket. It is steady and can be easily placed behind any door. You have to choose the door wisely as it may obstruct the door to open fully.
Drawback: Bulky Sports Shoes won’t fit in these pockets.

Alternative 2:

Shoe organization when you don't have shoe cabinet

Another way is to get a plastic container with lid or trunk and store your shoes wrapped in these shoe bags. You may use see through plastic bags or any cotton bags. Label on the bags describing the shoe colour and type to avoid unnecessary hassle.
Don’t forget to keep some Silica gel sachets to protect shoes from fungus in the container.

Alternative 3:

Shoe organization when you don't have shoe cabinet
Shoe organization when you don't have shoe cabinet

You can store shoes in the drawer which is made below the cupboard in some of the houses. You can keep the shoes in both the ways as shown in the picture. I have kept them in plastic bag and labelled it to avoid from dust and humidity.

Here are some tips to protect your shoes from bad odour and humidity:

Tip 1:

Protect shoes from humidity and moisture in shoe cabinet

Don’t forget to keep some Silica gel sachets to protect shoes from fungus and humidity. This container can be easily placed under the bed or corner of room.

Tip 2:

Protect shoes from humidity and moisture in shoe cabinet

You can also place Odonil or Baking soda jar inside the shoe cabinet to avoid foul smell. Especially, When the climate is humid, these things are must.

Tip 3:

Protect shoes from humidity and moisture in shoe cabinet

Keep a box of Absorbia in your shoe rack which will help preventing shoes getting fungus especially in rainy season. It helps to absorb humidity inside. You may keep some Naphthalene balls(Keep it out of reach of kids) to avoid bad smell.

Tip 4:

Protect shoes from humidity and moisture in shoe cabinet

Keep tea bags inside your shoes and keep it in open area if your shoe smells really bad.