Thursday, May 28, 2015

Organizing shoes

In our entryway we have an Ikea BISSA shoes organizer. As a reason we used to have an empty entryway for a couple of years, we decided to buy some pieces of furniture to be pretty and also functional in the entryway, so we decided to buy this pretty shoes organizer as one of those pieces to store our daily worn shoes.

Organizing shoes

It was kind of organized at the beginning but a while later it started to become messy and jam-packed with flip-flops and shoes. It is a little bit of a shame to show you how it looked before.


Organizing shoes

To be honest, I don't take care of my shoes enough. Maybe because I don't' go out that much but I keep wearing them until they get a little old and dusty then switch to new pairs. I know how awful this is specially for one who lives in a little bit of dusty atmosphere in Summer like me, but this will be solved someday.

Organizing shoes

Our shoes storage has three cabinets. We are three in the house so this is convenient. One cabinet for each one of us would be a good solution. You may noticed how the lower cabinet was really messy. My toddler keeps playing around and opens lower cabinets a lot. However it is still a good solution to put his shoes in there because it is very easy for him to get his pair of shoes when I ask him to bring it to go for "bye".

Organizing shoes


First thing I did to organize our shoes storage is to take off everything in there and make the whole cabinets empty to be ready for clean.

Organizing shoes

Next, I wiped down the cabinets with a dry rag  then with wet one and finally I gave them a shiny look with furniture care detergent.

Organizing shoes


I wanted to add cabinets protector on the internal face of the cabinet doors to protect the wood from dust and high heels' scratches, but those white places made for screws preventing a properly set-up for the protector. I could just cut some corners and some squares in the protector to avoid the screws without taking off the cabinet door. But do we accept the good quality here or are we seeking for professionalism and taking a little bit of challenge?

Organizing shoes

I decided to put the cabinet protector the hard way. First I got the screw driver and took off the cabinet doors.

Organizing shoes


Did I make it? Sometimes we really need to trust our abilities right?

Organizing shoes

It was the time to add the protector. I measured, made signs with a pen and cut.

Organizing shoes


Moving to the fun part. I liked to punch  holes in the protector for the screws. I marked the places of the screws over the protector.

Organizing shoes


The easiest way to punch for me is to take off the lower lid of the puncher and turn the puncher upside down. I can easily see the marks I did that way.

Organizing shoes

To add the protector. I just added some double sided tape on the upper edges of the door. I don't want any harm for the wood so the edges were enough. I didn't need any tape in lower edges because the screws will hold the protector in place and also because the lower edges are not that touchable, unlike the top which need to be held when opening the cabinet.

Organizing shoes

I cut out  the remains of the tape following the edges of the door.

Organizing shoes

Then carefully added  the protector sheet and hold in place.

Organizing shoes

It was the time to put the doors back. I have to admit it was not easy to hold the door with one hand and the screw driver  with the other. I recommend get someone to help or something to keep the doors up for you.

Organizing shoes


This is the result. I really liked the colors. So shiny and pretty.

Organizing shoes

Organizing shoes

Back to the shoes. I purged all of them. However each cabinet can carry four pairs which are more than enough for each of us beside the entry door. Rarely worn shoes are kept away in the dressing room. The flip-flops are also kept away. So what we only wear on a daily bases are kept in the organizer.

Organizing shoes

Organizing shoes

Organizing shoes


You also got to see before and after pictures.

Organizing shoes

Organizing shoes

I am proud of this project. It looks awesome now. Tell me your opinion in the colors and the process. I like always to hear from you. I adore your comments. See you in the up-coming post.

8 comments:

  1. This looks really effective. You did an amazing job and the colours pop making it a happy surprise inside.

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    1. Thank you Stella for this sweet comment. I am happy you liked it.

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  2. No kidding - what a creative idea. I need to do some shoe organizing, too! Thanks for sharing with us a the Home Matters linky party. We hope you join us again!

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    1. Definitely I will do. Thank you for your sweet comment. It makes my day.

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  3. Great ideas for organizing shores, stop by Fabulous Friday Party to share this post
    Thanks Maria
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    1. Thank you Maria. I am happy you enjoy it.

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  4. Sweet, you created such a pretty and personalized shoe organizer. I love the happy bright paper you chose and I'm impressed with your meticulous detail in using a paper punch to make holes for the screws. I know you must smile every time you open the cabinet to get out your shoes.

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    1. OOOh . Yes it's because I can't find the longer paper punch that shows me where I am punching the holes. Thank you Susan. You made me smile.

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