ShoesThere are so many details that go into tiny house living. Or should I say so many details we take for granted. Things like:

  • Where does the juicer go?
  • Where do I hang my keys?
  • What do we do with this extra set of bed linen?
  • I want to keep all 8 of these plates….but where?

It seems to be a matter of personal preference, certainly. But it’s all in the details as our friend Logan can tell you.

I seem to remember Jay Shafer talking in a video about his shoes or his shoe storage or something similar. It was a couple of years ago and left little impression on me. But as we prepared to move into our own tiny home and I realized that our family of three has nearly 10 pair of shoes (5 of them for our daughter, mind you) we needed to think about where to store them.

It seems to be an unwritten rule of tiny houses that shoes are left either on the stoop/porch or at the door. No soles should touch the flooring. It adds dirt and grime. The collection of shoes alone adds clutter and disarray. But with 10 pair of shoes (and 1 pair being a pair I have worn once in 18-months but have to have them for work when I am required to wear *gasp* dress slacks or a suit) we needed a solution.

Our home has a little garage or a pimple or a bump out or whatever you want to call it. We call it the garage because it houses a number of different things but primarily some touch-up paint, fire ant killer, outdoor bubble containers, and our work clothes. But on the left hand side neatly organized and stacked in seven plastic, lock-seal, “shoeboxes” are our shoes. With this level or organization we know where our shoes (save the ones on our feet) are. We know they remain in good condition. We have them when needed without having to hunt for them. And at just $1.50 per box at the Family Dollar they are an affordable way to get organized, stay organized, and keep your front entrance clean.