Hey guys! It’s been a while since my last blog post back in January. Sofia was only three weeks old at the time and now she’s almost three months! Motherhood has taken up all of my time lately, but you can follow me on social media to see what we’ve been up to since I post more frequently on my Facebook and Instagram channels.
On a more serious note, I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy. We’re going through some trying times in the world right now and my heart goes out to anyone who has been affected by the Coronavirus, whether it be physically, financially, mentally or emotionally. Personally, we’re doing well and I’m so thankful for John and Sofia and for the ability to communicate with family and friends. I’m still on maternity leave through the end of April so I haven’t had to go out for any reason, but John is considered essential personnel since his transportation company delivers pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, in addition to delivering for retail companies and food suppliers like Hello Fresh. Thank you to United Delivery Service and to all the folks including health care workers, first responders, truck drivers, flight attendants and grocery store clerks who have to go out each day and potentially risk their health right now to make sure the rest of us get what we need. I know it’s hard to put our lives on hold and physically distance ourselves from others as I’m sure we all have things do and places to go, but please do your part and stay home for the sake of others. I haven’t seen my family in a couple of weeks. My dad, as most of you know, is high risk because of his age and health condition, and my mother who was scheduled to visit us from Serbia in a couple of weeks to meet her granddaughter for the first time had to postpone her travel plans. So just remember, we’re all in this together.
With that being said, if you’re looking for some ways to keep yourself busy at home, one of my favorite things to do in my spare time is organize. There’s nothing like having everything tidy and neatly put away. I plan to share some tips on organizing different parts of your home in the coming weeks and I’ll start by sharing 10 simple ways to keep your shoes organized.
1. Sort shoes into categories (e.g. boots, pumps, flats, etc.) and then by color and material (e.g. suede, leather).
2. Keep your shoes off the floor and invest in basic shoe organizers. If you’re on a budget, just keep the shoe boxes the shoes came in and stack them.
3. Hang flats and flip-flips on a hanging closet organizer over your door.
4. Keep shoes out of sight by storing them inside an ottoman or an organizer that fits under your bed.
5. Use clear shoe boxes with lids.
6. If you don’t have a lot of space to work with, use storage bins and only keep shoes out for that particular season. I made more room by putting my taller boots in clear boxes and storing them on the top shelf since I won’t be wearing them anytime soon (see photos above).
7. Use boot shapers for tall boots so they don’t lost shape. I currently use these and have these as well (see photo above). **Hack** Roll up a heavy magazine or newspaper and stuff your boots that way.
8. Alternate shoes to make more space (I’m able to get five pairs of shoes on one shelf instead of four).
9. If you have room in your house, but don’t want to spend a lot on a custom closet, you can use a bookcase to store your shoes. I used an IKEA Billy bookcase (only $59) with its adjustable shelves before I had my custom closet installed.
10. Use floating shelves for that clean boutique look. I currently use floating shelves to display my purses and picture frames.
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