Organize and Care For Your Shoe Collection

Shoes are a girl’s best friend. They can instantly add glamour to your look or that touch of color you were longing for. Yet if they aren’t cared for properly, you might end up having to toss out your favorite pair. Learn more about organizing and keeping your collection in its best form.

Maintain your boots in perfect shape

Boots tend to lose their shape when they are put away, but this can easily be prevented by stuffing them. You can cut up some pool noodles or simply grab some balled up newspapers to do this. Any type of paper will work for this. I tend to use the tissue paper that comes inside the shoe box as well. Not only will your boots look great come colder weather, but they can be displayed in all their glory without flopping to the side.

Make shoe boxes easier to browse through

Keeping shoes in boxes makes everything look neater, but it can be a hassle. Especially when you’re in a hurry and need to find a specific pair of shoes. For that reason, it is a good idea to take the time to label each box. You can either take a picture of each pair or simply doodle their likeness and attach the image to the boxes. You can say goodbye to aimless box opening forever!

DIY creative storage solutions

Over at Organize Sem Frescuras, they have come up with a very clever way to organize ballerina flats with hangers and laundry clips. Simply attach the clips to the hanger and slip the clip into the toe of the flats. It seems pretty straightforward, but if you want to hear more about it you might need a translator, as the page is in Portuguese. You can DIY your own method or opt for ready-made furniture that will do all the work for you, like this one from Ikea. Placing a pair in each cube will make for a clean, organized look.

Clean your sandals

The summer season and all its activities can really take a toll on footwear. Sandals with suede footbeds are usually the ones on which it is most apparent, as the silhouette of your foot in a darker shade is hard to hide. Here’s a really easy way to get your sandals looking (and smelling) as good as new!

  1.  Create a paste with baking soda and water. Mix as much as you you need, but make sure it is not too liquid. I did this in a plastic cup and filled about a fourth of it. It was more than enough to clean one pair.
  2. Set up your work station with the newly created paste and your sandals. It can get a bit messy, so lay down some newspapers or take it outside. Dampen the footbed with a cloth or towel soaked in water.
  3. Grab an old toothbrush (or a new one you want to use for cleaning purposes) and use it to apply the baking soda paste. You should use circular motions, as if you were exfoliating your skin. Take your time and don’t scrub too roughly.
  4. Once you are happy with your work, take another damp cloth and wipe away the excess paste. The sandals will most probably still be covered in some baking soda, but only once they dry you can really wipe that away, so don’t worry about it.
  5. Air dry your sandals out of direct sunlight.

Store and deodorize

It’s no mystery that shoes can get a bit smelly after some use. Some shoe types are more prone to this, like Toms or flats because they are usually worn without socks. This deodorizing method is so easy, it will blow you away. All you need are tea bags. Yup, the same things you use to prepare a warm drink. Pop them into your shoes for a good amount of time, at the bare minimum overnight. How many you insert into each shoe depends on your personal preference (and how bad your shoes smell).

Post originally published on The Haute Mess.

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