Today I am sharing our DIY shoe storage box. Last weekend and this weekend have been all about cleaning, organizing and getting ready for winter. The lawn and patio furniture needed to be put away for the winter but that required cleaning out the storage sheds and making room. Not a very pretty or fun job but it’s done now, and I’m so glad!
I’ve mentioned in the past that our closet space is limited so any little nook or box that I can fill is key to staying organized. This solution for converting a toy box to a shoe storage box may seem obvious and a bit silly to write about but for me, it only took 8 months of having shoes piled on top of each other to finally realize that adding a shelf inside would allow for better organization. Sometimes it takes me a while to have the light bulb go off, this was one of those moments.
We have a few toy boxes, some old and some new. I decided to paint one of them white and build a shelf inside to hold kid sized shoes.
This is such a quick and easy solution to keeping the shoes organized and not piled on top of each other.
I used 1×2 pieces of pine cut to 5 inches in length and nailed them to inside of the box to create a ledge for the shelf to fit on. I measured the highest pair of boots that may be in the box and that is how I determined the height of my shelf. I cut a piece of 1×8 pine to the correct length and now I have a shelf for son’s shoes.
After a quick coat of white paint, we have an extra shelf for kid sized shoes.
You can use any width for your shelf, I just happened to use 1 x 8 because I still wanted my high boots to fit but 1 x 10 probably would give you a bit more room for larger shoes on the shelf.
You could even make the shelf lower and add some hooks inside the cover for hats but I choose to have a higher shelf and more storage room underneath. I’m laughing at myself because this seems so obvious and a little silly to write about but I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has toy boxes with stuff piled on top of each other? I’m not sure why it took me so long to think of this but oh well!
This old toy box is now an organized diy shoe storage area that I think is pretty cute. I plan on keeping this in the multi purpose mudroom that is just about finished. I’m struggling with the odd shaped window in the room and hopefully I figure out a window treatment soon so I can share the room with you :).
UPDATE: The window treatment is finished!