New Shoe Rack

More than a few years ago I purchased this shoe rack from The Conta!ner Store:

$17.99 for 31" of storage space

At the time, I had very few shoes; I was a college student and didn’t have the need for much of anything other than flip flops, a pair of tennis shoes, and a few random others. The shelf worked well until I married Maurice.

Maurice is a man who knows and loves his shoes. He takes excellent care of his shoes and gets feisty when people step on his toes. He’s been known to take a bleach-soaked q-tip to his sneakers to keep them squeaky clean. His feet look good, people!

Anyway, we’ve been struggling to find storage space in our cramped-more-every-day closet, of which we only have 1. Short of – gasp – getting rid of some shoes – we have been brainstorming every which way to make the closet more functional, given that we live in an apartment and it’s not ours, because if it was, (1) we’d live in much more than 850 square feet of space, and (2) the ridiculous closet would’ve been redone years ago!!

{I joke that as frustrating as our apartment (and clothes closet) is, it is preparing us well to live in NYC. Which makes Maurice cringe but I like to look on the bright side!}

Which brings me to our latest project, the new shoe shelf we built yesterday afternoon. I measured an additional 50″ of space along the closet floor and told Maurice we were going to Lowe’s. After $12 worth of materials and 30 minutes of elbow grease:

measure twice, cut once

and some wood glue and stick the end on the middle shelf

screw it all together

check for square (don't forget to wear eye protection, even if they make you look nerdy!)

give your shoe a sneak preview of its new home

perfect size match to the $$$ one from conta!ner store

...then fill it up!

Conta!ner Store: $17.99, 31″ of shoe real estate
The Belleville’s: $12, 90″ of shoe real estate (winning!)

I think I’ll paint them both hot pink next weekend, and build Maurice a separate one that is wider and taller to accommodate his manly feet.

Thanks for the help, B!

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