Look in any woman's closet, and you're likely to see a large collection of shoes. Whether those shoes are organized or not is another story. Busy moms, with families especially, may not have time to think up creative ways to store their -- or their family's -- footwear. A few creative storage ideas can totally transform your closet.
Make it Art
Your shoe collection is a work of art anyway, so display it as such. Make your shoes the statement piece of your closet by installing a floating shelf on which to store them. Above the shelf, hang your favorite painting or create an ode to your shoes by having a cool photo or painting of your favorite pair hang atop the shelf. Artwork isn't the only way to show off your shoes. A top shelf with a pretty floral bouquet and a jewelry box also adds character.
Have your molding play double duty, and use it to hang your shoes. This only works for heels, as you'll need something to hang on to the actual molding. Use molding that you already have in your home. Even ceiling molding can be used to store shoes that aren't in season. If you'd rather hang your shoes lower, install molding in one or several rows. If you have more than one row, stagger your shoes to create a more creative display.
If you have a tiny space you're not using, install a vertical shoe rack. Then add a quirky, girly curtain tied to the side with a ribbon that can cover your shoes when you want or show them off when ready. Not only are you utilizing more space, but you're adding a feminine, unexpected touch to your shoe display.
Mini Shoe Boutique
If you love shoe shopping, pay homage to your favorite boutique in your closet. Shoe boutiques employ tons of creative ways to store footwear. A large Lazy Susan not only fits shoes in a small place, but also makes finding your favorite pair a cinch -- just spin until you find a shoe you like. Get really fancy with lighted display cases used to showcase your favorite pairs.
Baby shoes look adorable when hung on curtain rods. Install a strip of wood to a wall in your baby's room. Then on that same wall attach a curtain rod. On the rod attach several curtain rings. Instead of clipping on a curtain, attach your tots shoes. Your re-purposed curtain rod is a charming, functional way to keep your kid's shoes in line.