Ok so this is one of my very favorite things we have done in a long time. Our master bedroom has a very nice large closet and one thing I have struggled with is organizing my shoes. I have so many… snow boots, flip flops, heels, fall boots, sandals…. I know I should just downsize to like 10 pairs or something but try as I might that isn’t going to happen. Let’s be honest here 😉 . I have four pairs of running shoes alone! So I have been looking at closet organizers and storage bins and all that and I just haven’t found anything that floats my boat. What I wound up doing was putting the off season and infrequently worn shoes into a large underbed storage tub. Then the ones I wear all the time are sort of piled on top of that on the floor of the closet. (I know. Classy is my middle name.)
Let’s just say it was a hot mess of jumbled shoes. So we recently went to Ikea and we were looking for ideas for the closet when I stumbled upon these long floating shelves for $19.99. They come in several colors and two sizes and include all the hardware to mount them right on the wall. They are the perfect size to fit shoes- whoot!!
So we packed two shelves right into the cart and off we went.
These come in different sizes but the one I got was 74 inches long and 10 inches wide. We had to trim it down just a tiny bit to fit inside the closet but my husband had these trimmed and mounted on the wall in probably 20 minutes.
I was thinking I might paint them a fun color but then… well #aintgottimeforthat and the plain birch color is nice and clean looking anyway. These fit roughly 10 pairs of shoes on each shelf. I have two shelves now- so 20 shoes and then I did keep one large tub for storing my ski boots and Uggs and things I don’t wear often.
See how nicely they fit? I had actually been envisioning something just like this to build out of lumber from Lowe’s but honestly for $20 a shelf I thought it was a good value to just get these. They are nice and study and hold a lot of weight. I was thinking they would be perfect to hold your purses too! And here it is again-
And I can’t even tell you how bright and airy this little change has made to my closet. It feels so clean and organized now and the only thing I did was add shoe storage.
And by the way, I consulted some closet organization web sites because making a closet look nice is a task that far exceeded my abilities for these photos ;). Apparently you just need to add a dog to your interior closet photo- so here is Milo! Impressed with the nice closet and ready to help with styling. Um… pretend you don’t notice he is slightly out of focus. hard to get a good shot balancing on top of the bed 😛
Do you have any fantastic ideas for organizing clothes and shoes? I was so happy with this I have another trip planned to grab another shelf for my little girls closet.
You can find lots more easy DIY projects on my pinterest boards!