What does a magazine, a pool noodle, a wine bottle, a pants hanger and a boot box all have in common? If you guess an obscure pool party out of a movie, you would be wrong! If you guessed different ways to store and organize your boots you are right! When I was growing up I never worried about ways to organize my boots. Didn’t we just kick them off and where they landed was good enough? Now we are spending money on boots and we want to care for and organize them and make them last for several years.
Storage for off season: My preferred method is to use boot boxes to keep them dust free. I usually like to store things vertically, but I do make an exception for boots. I like to use clear boot boxes that keep their shape when the boots are out of the box. I simply open one end and slide my boots in and out. The boxes also have air holes on the sides to let the boots “breathe”.
Storage for during boot season: Ease of access is key here. We want to quickly put on our boots and easily put them away. If you make it tedious, you are never going to do it. That is where the other props in the picture come in.
- A wine bottle: Nice to use but fragile and heavy. I have dropped one on my toe and it didn’t feel great! I always worry about having broken glass in my closet so for me this isn’t a good option.
- A pants hanger: The hanger is a great option if you have an abundance of hanging space. Most of us don’t have extra space in our closet so this isn’t really feasible. But if you do have the space, I think this is a great option. Make sure to protect the leather if the clamps are especially tight on the boot shaft.
- A magazine: Simply roll the magazine and put in the boot. Easy! I like to use a thicker magazine for this as it helps to hold my boot upright.
- A pool noodle: I must say this is my favorite! I saw the idea on Pinterest and I had to try it. Of course I decided a needed to try it in November…not really pool noddle buying weather! But I had some friends who were willing to sacrifice their pool noodle to the cause. You can easily cut the pool noodle with a good bread knife or a small hack saw….because I easily have a saw in my kitchen!
Whatever method you prefer the important thing to remember is to give good care for your boots on and off season. It is a good idea to keep a small cloth or polishing rag or suede brush near where you store your boots, so that when you put them away you can give them a quick swipe.
Just remember….do what is easy for you. If keeping them in a pile at the front door works for you, then don’t worry. But for those of you who are like me and like a bit of order….the pool noodle is the one for me that works. In the boots during boot weather and then into boot boxes when the season is over.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
MS. Simplicity, also known as Melissa Schmalenberger operates her business as I Did it with MS. Simplicity. She is a Professional Organizer based out of Fargo, ND and her website can be found at http://www.mssimplicity.com/
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