A couple of years ago I avoided buying a shoe rack for Mikey’s room–shoe racks have never worked for me–by storing all his shoes in one of the large bottom drawers in his closet.
This worked well when he was a toddler with limited shoes.
Now that he is seven years old and active in both school and athletics, the system is failing. The drawer is still large enough to hold his shoes, but the result is a jumbled mess of scuffed and dirty shoes. I know not to expect pristine shoes with a son who plays every second of recess, but I did want to keep his dressy sneakers in better condition, especially since he only uses them for monthly liturgy at school.
I pulled out all the shoes, removed those that no longer fit, and vacuumed out the drawer.
Then I laid down washable, nonadhesive contact paper and an inexpensive tension rod, which could be the most useful invention ever, given I have yet to use it to hang curtains. In this case, I used a tension rod to turn a large drawer into a shoe cabinet for children’s shoes.
Once I had the bottom rod, or toe guard, in place, I had Mikey hold up the shoe so that I could eyeball where to place the second tension rod. This rod would act as the rail for his shoes. I didn’t need anything more than a rough guide, and there is no need to mark anything. Because they are tension rods, you can wiggle them around into place until you have it the way you like.
For example, when I repeated the procedure to create a second row, I realized spacing the toe guards so far apart was an inefficient use of space. I could fit more shoes and create a third row by tucking the second toe guard underneath the top rail of the first row. Target only had four tension rods of the size I needed in stock, but I’ll check back in a week or two. In the meantime, this is the new setup.
New here? For the next 31 days I’m living according to the famous William Morris quote. You can learn more about the project here.