How I Solved Our Entryway Shoe-Pile Problem for 29 Cents

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Raise your hand if you have a pile up of shoes by your front door or in your entryway!
Ugh. Shoes. I've tried so many ways to keep them organized but at the end of the day, it's still more convenient to kick them off at the door than to walk over to the closet and put them away.
how i solved our entryway shoe pile problem, closet, foyer, organizing, storage ideas
On a recent trip to the hardware store, I found my solution nestled in the Christmas clearance bins: clear suction wreath hooks. I was pretty sure the suction mechanism would not work on plaster walls, but at 29 cents apiece I had nothing to lose!
how i solved our entryway shoe pile problem, closet, foyer, organizing, storage ideas
Sure enough, the suction didn't work, but if you happen to have a glass or mirrored entryway, these hooks will stick like glue!
After a bit of hammer and nailing, here was my finished result. The clear rubber and plastic blend into the wall.
how i solved our entryway shoe pile problem, closet, foyer, organizing, storage ideas
Since shoes aren't very heavy and since the rubber of these large suction hooks is thick and sturdy, the nails cause no tearing or ripping. And now our shoes are off the ground and no longer in a pile.
how i solved our entryway shoe pile problem, closet, foyer, organizing, storage ideas
To create your own shoe hanging area, you will need:
-8-10 large rubber suction wreath hooks
-16-20 thin nails (preferably with thin, round heads)
-wall level
-Pencil
-Hammer
how i solved our entryway shoe pile problem, closet, foyer, organizing, storage ideas
Using a wall level, draw a straight line across the area of wall you'd like to place your hooks. Make sure the line is at least 1 foot above the baseboards so that your shoes don't drag on the floor once they are hung.
how i solved our entryway shoe pile problem, closet, foyer, organizing, storage ideas
Though I wasn't picky with my measurements, I suggest hanging the hooks starting in the center of your line and working your way out for the most even look.
Line the top of a suction cup up to your line. Place a nail halfway between the center of the suction cup and the left edge. Hammer nail in all the way if your nails have round heads. (I didn't have such nails and was impatient so I used trim nails instead. Just hammer nail in 2/3rds of the way and use the hammer to bend the nail sideways to hold the cup in place).
Repeat the nailing process on the other side, only this time, press the suction cup into the wall so that the cup lays flat and uniform to the wall.
how i solved our entryway shoe pile problem, closet, foyer, organizing, storage ideas
It's been several days and not one shoe pile-up since the hooks were installed. For more on this project and how I achieved the lattice effect on my walls, visit my blog post below!
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  • Kathleen Lauer-Binkley
    on Mar 6, 2018

    To me, it doesn't look much better on the wall then on the floor. Why didn't you put the hooks inside the the closet? Seems like the back of the door would have been a better place.

  • Rhonda
    on Nov 7, 2018

    Yes and where did you get your wall paper?

    • DD 66
      on Dec 5, 2018

      Looks like its a stencil....and its beautiful!

  • Jjqq
    7 days ago

    In your first photo you show 4 pairs of shoes on the floor. In final photo - only 3 pairs of shoes on wall - so which family member was forced to take their shoes to the closet? If this were to work to get rid of shoe clutter- more hooks needed- or as another person suggested I would use bottom shelves on book case instead.

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  • DORLIS
    on Apr 5, 2019

    now all you need is a tray underneath to catch water on rainy or snowy days. I use Gardener's supply plant trays with rubber grid to hold plants/shoes up so water drains off and evaporates.

  • Dena Boan Linton
    on Apr 14, 2019

    IKEA has great, inexpensive boot trays that are durable! I keep one under an old red bench by my front door and I keep one filled with water by my backdoor on rainy days to try and keep too much mud from doggy paws getting in the house.🐾🐾🐾

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