Excessive shoes: Making order from chaos

I thought I would share some tips (and obsessiveness) for keeping a shoe closet in order, or rescuing it from chaos (as was my case). In short, this post solely relates to my personal DIY action, too much time and too many shoes!

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 probably right.  What can I say, I like things to be orderly.  I'm just a little fastidious.

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! 


©  Find Me A Muse

21 comments:

  1. I had trouble raading your post because for me the pictures are (excuse the term) shoe porn ;)I´m on the hunt for the IM Cleane Suede Leopard booties...

    I hate clutter too and a shoe closet was a must. I also keep my "better" shoes in boxes in an extra closet, the shoe closet is for the high street ones. Thanks for sharing! xo Doro

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    1. Hi Doro, Glad you share my way of storing shoes! I don't feel so bad now to know that someone else is equally as dedicated :) xx

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    2. I forgot to ask, what colour & size are you after in the gorgoues Cleane booties? I will let you know if I see a pair that way :)

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    3. Awww, thank you! The red ones..in 39...I have the best online friends ;)!xo

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  2. Anonymous1.2.12

    Your boots collection is unbelievable! Got to agree with the shoe porn comment. I think everyone must have a shoe closet except for me. You have inspired me though. Love your blog. I just signed up on Bloglovin' to follow you. Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah, It took me ages. I'm sure you'll catch up. Excess shoes are a woman's right! xx

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  3. I can not believe you share your closet. I LOVE your boots. What are the light kind of colored ones in the second photograph on the bottom left? Such a nice color

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    1. Hi Lola, Those gorgeous shoes are the Isabel Marant 'Dombes' boots in colour sable. They are the sofest suede I've ever felt!

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  4. oh hahaha that's amazing! I saw the tweet from N-A-P (following you on twitter!)

    I use my NAP boxes for storing my fabrics!

    xx Paola

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    1. Hi Paola, I'm glad to see you making great use of NAP's amazing boxes too. Great to have you on board with Twitter. I'm rather new to it so I'm still learning :) xx

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    1. The years of stalking the sales and internet have finally paid off :) I'm trying to avoid seeing more boots I like! It's a struggle. xx

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  6. err....that's a lot of NAP boxes! But absolutely brilliant! Love how organized everything is.

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    1. Ah... If only that was all of the boxes. I still have a stack left! He he....

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  7. i would love to display my shoes and just show it under my clothes.. but i don't like dust just same with my closet..
    i still have to clean up and make new style for my room. i gave up when i gave birth now i have this mood of fixing my closet again :)
    this is great post btw.. good idea :)
    take care. xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  8. congrats!! looks like you got the IM ankle boots!!

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  9. Kylie Cooper9.4.12

    Love your blog.
    I've been trying to find the Isabel Marant suede Dicker boots online but can't find them anywhere. Are yours taupe or khaki? Any advice for where I might find a pair? I'm an AU8.5

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    1. Hi Kylie, Thanks for the feedback it was lovely of you.

      I purchase all of my IM items from overseas. They are far cheaper than Australia if you buy from the EU as you get the VAT (tax) taken off the price which is 20%.

      I believe the Dicker boots are sold out (from what I can find) this season.

      Mine are the taupe colour and are from the 2011 Winter collection.

      Espejto have some Dicker boots listed for pre-sale for Winter. They have two colours up. Check out www.espejto.it. You will need to register and then log in to be able to see any IM stock and they are listed under the 'Isabel Marant Pre-order' section. You have to email Espejto to ask them to invoice you through paypal if you want the VAT removed (which is 20%) since any item shipped outside of the EU excludes the VAT. If you would like some more guidance on shopping with them/on their site, please email me directly (findmeamuse@gmail.com) and I'll send it through. It can get a little confusing.

      I'm sure other stores will get Dicker boots for winter as well it's just that they aren't online yet.

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    2. Kylie Cooper9.4.12

      You're so helpful! Thank you.

      I've registered for Espejto and have emailed them as I can't yet access the pre-sale area.

      I'll let you know how I get on.

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    3. My pleasure. Drop me an email any time you need help. I deal with Francesca from Espejto who is absolutely lovely and very patient :) She will help you out.

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    4. Hi again Kylie, I just found the Dicker boots in various colours in your size on www.lagarconne.com! They ship to Australia

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