This was the state of our shoe closet as of a couple days ago. Messy, unorganized, and dare I say it had a bit of a stinky foot smell from some of our more “loved” shoes that get worn for things like lawn work and hiking.
I took some time off work this week, and since organizing stuff is my idea of a good time, what better way to spend some vacation time than organizing a shoe closet? We have two closets in our master bedroom. One walk in that holds all of our clothes, and then this little guy. At first glance in our bedroom, you might think, wow two walk ins, since you can technically walk in, but it isn’t very wide, so not conducive to storing clothes. But it is perfect for storing shoes. Lots and lots of shoes. I had no idea how many pairs of shoes we had until we started counting them, and if you add up flip flops, well, it’s a lot. I say “we”, but really it’s “me” who has most of the shoes.
We came across some handy shoe cabinets from Ikea and decided they would be the perfect storage solution for this space. Since they are not deep, they work really well in a narrow space. We ended up going with the Skar and Stall since they fit the space well, and the Stall stored the most shoes out of all the shoe cabinets offered.
Here it is after we installed the cabinets.
It’s our little version of the shoe closet Carrie got in SATC 2, except just a tad smaller.
I had mentioned in my previous Ikea post how quick and easy the Ektorp sofa and Jennylund chair were to assemble. That wasn’t exactly how it went with these guys. They weren’t difficult, but a little more typical of assemble yourself furniture with about a bajillion different screws, but the handy heiroglypic instructions from Ikea were very easy to follow.
Ikea said the Stall holds a minimum of 18 pairs of shoes. We ended up fitting 28 pairs in there comfortably because my heels and strappy shoes take up much less space.
Ikea said the Skar holds a minimum of 6 pairs of shoes, and we ended up with 7 in there. This is where our more “loved” shoes live since it’s closed off, so it contains the “perfume de shoe” nicely.
There is a little cubby area on the right side of the closet. Check out the little glimpse of the former dark hunter green wall color. The bottom of the cubby was previously covered in carpet. If you’re thinking a carpeted shelf is a bit odd, so did we. It was dingy, dirty, and well, carpet, so we ripped it off to reveal particleboard. The current plan is to remove the particleboard and make some built in shelving and organize it with some cute storage baskets for my flip flops and flats that didn’t fit in the cabinets, plus storage for other non-shoe odds and ends.
I’m also thinking we should replace the light fixture with something that doesn’t have a string pull.
The wall color is the same as our master bedroom – Sherwin Williams Ancient Marble. It’s a very soothing light gray-green.
All in all, we’re really happy with how the shoe cabinets panned out. It was a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive way to freshen up the space and make it much more functional.
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