Hi everyone! Popping in with our third post for re-run week
! I have to say that I’m having fun pulling up past posts. :) And I have had such a productive week! So many new house decisions have been made and I am getting really excited. So thank you for being supportive of the re-runs. :) I’ll share a new house update next week with the latest. Right now I’m sharing a past post on how I organize my shoes in my current house because I spent some time today finalizing the design on my new mudroom. To say I’m excited about that space would be a huge understatement! Since I have been thinking a lot about shoe/coat/backpack organization I thought it would be fun to re-visit what is working for us now in our current house. Which as you know, does not have a mudroom. :) I truly believe you can turn just about any little wall, nook or whatever you can come up with into a nice dropping spot for shoes, coats, etc. I hope this post gives you a few ideas!
I dream of having a mudroom. A big beautiful mudroom complete with lockers and shoe drawers. And in our next house, I will hopefully have more room than I currently do to make that happen. But for now, the only place for shoes, coats, and backpacks is in our garage. I shared how I organize our shoes a while ago when I did a post on garage organization
. That was working ok…but a little something made me decide to re-think things. And that little something would be the new mini van. Since I’m now a mini van mom (sad how easily that rolls off my tongue these days) the new ride is taking up more space in the garage than the old one leaving no space between it and the shoes. Luckily the van beeps like crazy every time I park so I am able to avoid hitting the shoe rack, just not able to avoid the beeping van headache that often follows.
Plus having our shoes this close to the door always resulted in a messy pile of shoes just waiting to be tripped on.
Plus I bought the girls new summer flip flops. And flip flops this cute just seemed to need a fun new home! Plus let’s face it. I was just in the mood to organize something.
I didn’t do anything major, but just a little rearranging made a huge difference!
Wa-la! I bought one more shoe rack and moved all of the shoes from the front of the garage to the side under the racks we use to store garage tools, coats and backpacks. As cute as the mudroom I’ve designed in my head? No. As practical as the mudroom I’ve designed in my head? Definitely.
Do you love how our coats are mixed in with yard tools? Ha! Lovely I know. If we were planning on staying in this house longer, I would have put in a new rack and separated things better, but I’m still holding out hope that we’ll find a house we love sometime in the near future and this set up works great in the meantime.
I decided to bring down all of the girls shoes from their bedroom to free up more space in their closets. Most of mine and Kenny’s shoes are in our closet other than our “slip on quick and go shoes” (Uggs for three months out of the year and flip flops for the other nine)
Speaking of flip flops, this fun little basket is a new home for ours! So easy for the kids to grab and go AND easy for them to keep picked up and put away.
All boots fit on the top shelf. Want to see my secret for keeping boots standing up straight and tall?
Floppy boots bother me so I’ve always just stuffed a few paper towels in them! When Jen posted on her shoe organization, she mentioned using magazines for her boots. I loved that I wasn’t the only person bothered by floppy boots! And magazines are another great solution!
Want to see my favorite part about my new little shoe system?
When the kids come home from school, the van door opens, kids step out, and immediately put their shoes away on the rack. They empty backpacks and hang them along with their jackets. The “after school mess” is taken care of before my kids even enter the house!
No shoes come in the house, no shoes in front of the door to trip on. I had to snap these pictures so quick to catch Ellie in action! Luckily she’s so used to me taking pictures of every mundane thing we do she didn’t even question why I was running around snapping pictures of her taking off her shoes from all angles. All par for the course around here! :)
Our Bougainvillea vine, while beautiful on the outside of our garage…
always creates a lovely mess for me on the inside of our garage. I have to sweep the garage out at least every other week. So worth it though. I just love that vine!
Then I bought a new rug that matches the one in my kitchen to complete my little project.
Now that my shoes are out of the way it feels like the mini van was made for my garage!
See what I mean…rollin’ right off the tongue…