Friday, July 27, 2012

10 Minute Closet Fix

Greetings to my fellow just-marrieds!

I have been busy around the apartment, organizing, painting, and putting things together. I can't wait to blog about all my adventures!

Marriage comes with lots of gifts! Our friends and family were very generous, and we are still finding uses for many of the gift cards. There are many things that newlyweds have to slowly acquire, and the extra money is incredibly nice to have around during the early months. Lately, when I have a project to tackle, I see if any of the gift cards can help. 

Project Number One:
Shoes. I have a lot of them. Austin married me in spite of my slight obsession, but they made quite a mess in our apartment when we dumped them all on the floor of the closet in the second bedroom. (I honestly have too many to put them all in our closet.) I left the pile there for a while, but it was always a chore to find a matching pair, and I hated the mess. One day, when I realized how many Bed Bath & Beyond gift cards we had, I decided it was time to find a fix.

There are many options for shoe organization, but many designs are more suited to about 10 pairs of shoes. Maybe a few more. I have at least 30 or 40 pair, so I knew those weren't an option! After some searching, I finally found one that was bigger. It said it could fit around 30 pair, so I decided it would be a good place to start. It wasn't overly cute, but the assembly looked easy, and it fit the budget. So I bought it and got to work!

I wish I had a picture of how the closet looked before so you could see the difference--but it is unbelievable how much better it looks now!

The final result!
My boots wouldn't fit on the rack, so I just put them on either side.

 I absolutely love it! The closet looks so much tidier now, and it couldn't be easier to find the matching shoes!  More to come soon! Thanks for reading! :)


  1. How clever! Like you, I have a dangerous shoe fettish and can never figure out a way to make order out of the chaotic heap in my closet. I've gone through so many shoe racks that each only fit about 6-8 pairs of shoes. I guess Bed Bath and Beyond has a better selection than Storables!

  2. Wow, I can vouch for THAT LOOKS BETTER! :)

  3. Cute blog!

    My husband is the one with the shoe collection in our marriage! I bought those shoe organizers at Target; they are light "wood" melamine, and fit about 9 pair per shelf at around $10-$12 per shelf. Because they stack, I bought several, and he keeps all of his shoes on them. On the top two shelves, he has plastic shoebox bins he stores his wallet, his coupons, and so forth. On the top, he has wedding pictures of me, and photos of his mom and grandmother. :)

    I LOVE this, it looks fantastic, and I am so happy for you! There is nothing better than a new husband, a new home, and... be still my heart... ORGANIZERS to go with it all! Sigh, sigh, and sigh some more.

    Congratulations Mrs. Malia Springer!

  4. Hi, Malia! Your mom shared your blog on Facebook...I'm Michelle Huff! I just wanted to mention that if you turn the second shoe of each pair to point in the opposite direction, it frees up a bit of space (more than you would think) and the shoes fit more easily on the shelf. My daughter discovered this when we had to figure out how to make all our shoes fit on our shelves in our laundry room! We used old Ikea "Billy" bookshelves with extra shelves added in between so as not to waste too much space between each shelf. Your shoe racks look great!