We are a family that takes off their shoes when coming in the door. I am not sure when it became “official” but most of my family would love to never wear shoes ever:). So pretty much every house we have lived in has an entry way closet like this, shoes everywhere. I actually straightened it up a little for the picture below! It became very important to have better shoe organization so we created a shoe closet cubby.
DIY – Closet Shoe Cubby
Every time anyone walks in the door they toss their shoes off and leave them there along with backpacks, jackets and sports equipment. It’s like an obstacle course just to get to the living room. Jason and I have slowly been trying to figure out ways to encourage the kids to get more organized and make it easier to find their things. As you can imagine this has become worse as our family has grown and now with a puppy that would love nothing more than to chew on our shoes I usually just toss everything in the closet and hope for the best:). I also forgot to mention that there has been a “Jason” size hole cut out of the back of the closet that he made in order to thaw out some frozen pipes we had this past winter. From time to time shoes would go missing in the hole too:/. I also took down the awful colonial blue wallpaper / contact paper that was here when we moved in and primed the walls and doors. Jason had to fix and add the doors too. Below is a picture of the closet soon after moving in,
Jason and I decided we need a shoe organizer that would allow us to still access the back of closet if the pipes froze again. Jason custom made a shoe cubby-hole for each family member to store their shoes out of mostly scrap pine wood a tiny bit smaller than the width of the closet. The cost of each 3 cubby hole section would be about $35 including paint.
He added a little lip on the end to keep the shoes from falling out and they are a generous size allowing each family member to have multiple pairs of shoes in each cubby-hole. Don’t they look a little like chicken boxes? ( I told Jason this and he just shook his head, I have been trying to talk him into letting me have chickens for years now:).
I wanted to spray paint them white but he convinced me that a color made more sense because it would hide the dirt better. He was right so we spray painted them red.
We used Rust-Oleum’s satin red because we thought an indoor/outdoor paint would hold up better than traditional paint.
Jason added an access panel to the back of the closet so he would have to cut into the drywall to get to the pipes again. We can take out the shoe cubbies if we ever need to access the back.
It’s my hope that the kids will put their backpacks on the top shelf when they come home from school. We also added an old door coat rack and have hooks for them to hang their coats when they come in. There is something soothing about walking in to a organized entryway it just sets the tone for calm in the whole house.
We have plans on making a custom entryway table next in between working on Bennett’s room (which I hope to share with you guys soon). I have already moved the secretary to the kitchen… although, I have a feeling it will moved again too. What do you think of our new shoe closet cubby?
Don’t forget to pin this if you want to make one of your own! Five days in and I am happy to report that so far everyone is putting their shoes where they belong!
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