DIY Shoe Organization for Almost Nothing

I don’t know about you, but shoe organization was never hard for me. Of course, that could be because of the fact that I just never had very many shoes. I wasn’t a shoe person. I’m still not, until we get to fall and winter and I can pull my boots out. But for the most part, I run around barefoot.

Growing up, I never needed more than two or three pairs of shoes. When we went to church, I had a pair of black shoes that I wore. Going to a friend’s house? Tennis shoes. Outside work? Rubber boots or said tennis shoes.

Over the past few years, I have accumulated more shoes… honestly, probably more than I need. Now, I know that this number is probably the minimum some of you may have ever had, but for me it’s a lot. I have probably 15 pairs of shoes and boots now. I haven’t counted them lately, but that’s a guess. And to tell the truth, I don’t need all of them.

But we’re not talking about purging our shoe collection right now (though I do encourage it! ;P). Shoe organization can be expensive. This shoe rack is cute and functional and fits probably 30 pairs of shoes on it, but it’s also $30. If I had the money and the space for it, I would probably buy it. Or, if you like over-the-door storage, you could buy a shoe organizer with 24 pockets for about $14. Pretty decent price… but I don’t have a door on my closet.

My solution? Grape boxes.

I will admit, not the cutest. Especially since my closet doesn’t have a door, so anyone who walks into the room can see everything in my closet. I’m in the middle of making over my closet right now to where it’s a little cuter and more organized, and organizing my shoes was the first thing on my list.

We get a lot of our groceries in bulk at Sam’s. I’ll let you in on a little secret… if you go to your local Sam’s and head for the produce section, there’s usually piles of empty fruit boxes that are up for grabs. We’ve gotten them multiple times for different things.

So I asked Mom and Daddy to grab some grape boxes next time they went to Sam’s. I knew that they would probably fit all of my shoes in them, and hey. I would rather spend $0 on not-as-cute shoe organization than $20 or more on cute shoe organization.

Okay… maybe not quite. I do like my stuff to be cute. My solution? Spray paint.

I used the satin color as a base coat to be sure all those grapes and letters got fully covered. Then I used the “Blue Ocean Breeze” as my color. I probably put it on thicker than you’re supposed to at a time, but it worked pretty well. 🙂 (note: I couldn’t find the satin color to link, but this white should work just as well.)

In case you haven’t guessed, the spray paint is the money in this project. But once you get a can, it’ll last you for a couple smaller projects, if you want to do some matching stuff. Or, if you’re blessed like me, then you’ll be able to use free leftover spray paint from someone else’s project. My oldest sister is into all things crafty, and she had a whole drawer of partially used spray paint that she said I could use. So my DIY shoe organization was free!

And it’s super simple, not involved at all, to do this project. Simply bring your grape boxes outside, shake the spray paint as instructed on the label (make sure you read the instructions for proper use!), and spray away.

The lighting in the third picture is a little weird and doesn’t quite show the true color, but my finished product picture does pretty well. So, just some simple spray painting, and you’re pretty much done! (Note: I did paint some other grape boxes with acrylic paint, the kind you get in little bottles at Hobby Lobby, and a foam brush, and I actually like how they turned out better than the spray painted ones. Not to mention that that paint is a good bit cheaper than spray paint! So if you’re a brush type of girl instead of a spray type of girl, I highly recommend doing that instead!) I did let mine dry overnight out in the workshop. Then I wrote out “summer shoes” and “winter boots” with Sharpie paint markers on the two boxes I used so that I could easily tell what was in each one and arranged my shoes in them. As you can see in the next pic, I had to kinda put my boots in creatively, but they fit all my shoes. Of course, they work best with regular shoes. I have no idea how heels would work.

Okay, so I have 11 pairs of shoes. Yay me. (And I have my eye on a pair of really cute ankle boots at Walmart right now… face palm.)

Anyway, that’s it. I feel like I could be much more concise with my posts and not ramble as much, but what’s the fun in that? Or do y’all just wish I would get to the point? Please let me know. 🙂

Without further ado, here’s the finished product and the end of the post. ;P

Reader Comments

  1. Payten

    So that’s the story on the grape boxes! 😉
    And an idea for how to set up posts like this one would be to put a button/link at the beginning for those who want to just get to the point, and have the story for those who want to read it. Kind of do it recipe style (decided it in sections). For me, sometimes I just want to get to the how to section and not read the backstory, but other times I like to know the story behind it.

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