We live in a small, but lovely unit and the wardrobe space is rather minimal. The wardrobe is the units biggest design blunder. This limitation has instilled me with a need to be proactive about keeping things in order. I dislike clutter and try to avoid it at all costs. I also have a belief that things should be able to be located and accessed without to much hassle. Unfortunately, I also like to hoard items, especially shoes, which causes a bit of a space/storage predicament. When faced with the option of having to cull my shoes (yet again) or develop a solution, it wasn't even a contest.
In order to address the issue of having my shoes in disarray, sprawled here, there and everywhere, and also to look at the long term protection of the shoes, I decided to box them and get a wardrobe hanging unit. I started collecting my Netaporter wrapping boxes that I received with every purchase a while back and have finally found a useful purpose for them. Each box holds a pair of my favorite pair of boots. This protects them from dust and fading since quite a few of them are suede and over-exposing them to sunlight is equally as detrimental as staining.
Admittedly it sounds extreme to house a shoe (boot) collection this way, but it's cheap and organised. Plus I've seen the detriment of neglect, especially caused from sunlight, having discarded several of my old trustee suede heels and boots in the past due to them being lightened noticeably on one side!
I took inspiration from a vintage episode of Sex in the city, where Carrie stacks her shoe boxes and labels them up with photographs so she could clearly see what is in each box. Such a great idea as I hate hiding away my shoes in boxes since it takes time to open each individually (if I'm looking for inspiration) and they are just so pretty! The photo's help with this and are used as a reminder of what I already have. Hm... cause for concern that I'm comparing my shoe collection to Carrie's!
Since accessibility is also a fundamental aspect, I bought one of the old cheapo wardrobe solutions, a hanging unit. An ingenious idea which offers a quick fix for wardrobes with limited design. It's easily removable with the velcro fastening and it fits clothing in the shelves but is wide and deep enough to also fit the shoe boxes. The best thing is being able to fit two shoe boxes on top of each other on each shelf. This just means that instead of having boxes stacked several high, directly sitting on the next, and potentially causing a shoe avalanche when pulling a box from the bottom (always a fun experience), they can easily be removed.
At this point you're probably thinking I've got FAR too much time on my hands and you're
Below is a little sneak peak into part of my wardrobe so you can see the end result of my labour of love. My boyfriend has partially claimed some space (you'll notice some mens boots, jackets etc peaking through underneath and to the side of the hanging unit). Yes he is a rather brave man to even contemplate infringing on the space. However, the co-op arrangement is working nicely and we haven't even had any territorial tiffs. Who would have thought a woman could share wardrobe space!
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