Spring Cleaning: Shoes

I have done a lot of spring cleaning for my home lately , after throwing out old papers, making a give away pile, and organizing everything in my laundry room I finally decided to tackle my wonderful walk-in closet. Having moved from dorm rooms to several apartments I never really unpacked my closet, I still had my shoes stuffed in a bag. I know what your thinking, if I claim to be a shoe fanatic how could I just stuff them in a bag and leave them there? Well, my only excuse that I have is that I was busy to with college homework, but seeing as how I can’t use that excuse anymore that is why I have decided to give my shoes an upgrade in their living conditions.

I’ve always wanted my shoes on display were I can see them without having to take them out their boxes, that is why I decided to buy my shoe boxes from The Container Store. I love their boxes because they are made out of durable crystal clear plastic and they can easily be stacked. If there is one thing you should know about me, it is I love saving money on things. I was able to get a 20 case of shoe boxes for $33.80 during The Container Store Spring Cleaning sale, if you are into saving money like I am then I suggest waiting until another sale happens. Sale or no sale their shoe boxes aren’t to expensive to break the bank.

Now I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m not a fan of stacking shoe boxes on top of each other and then sticking them up on your closet shelf. That is just too much work for me, anytime I want a shoe I would have to grab my step stool and search for a shoe that looks good with my outfit. Instead of doing all that unnecessary work I wanted to get a low shelving system for the floor to go around the perimeter of my closet. With this set up I will be able to get to any of my shoes without the hassle of retrieving my step stool, this also assures that I won’t favor any of my shoes more than the others because I will be able to see them all.

To find my shoe shelfs I looked in Bed Bath and Beyond, Wal-Mart, and Target again trying to save a buck without compromising on the look I was going for. In the end I decided to buy the shelfs from Target in a nice espresso color. The shelfs are normally $12.99 but instead of paying full price right then I wanted to waited it out. The thought process behind that decision was that Target always has a good sale or clearance and at some point the shelfs that I had my eye on would go on sale. I didn’t have to wait long, after two weeks of waiting they finally  went on clearance for $9.08 each. Needless to say I jumped on them and I’m enjoying a beautifully put together shoe collection. Now I need to organize my clothing, but that’s for next time.

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The shoe boxes – The Container Store

The shelfs  – Target