I’ve been spending a lot more time at home this year, much like the rest of the world. Consequently, I’ve noticed some hot spot areas in our home and tackled them over the past few months—and this DIY kids’ shoe rack has been an absolute lifesaver!
If your kids are anything like mine, they’ll run inside, kick off their shoes and leave them wherever they fall. That’s a problem in itself, but when it’s time to leave the house again, guess what? No one can find both of their shoes! I can’t tell you how much time we’ve wasted looking for a missing pair.
Well, no longer. This DIY shoe rack is simple to set up, economical, and works REALLY well for containing the kids’ shoes. Plus, it’s simple enough for even young children to keep up with!
Make an Easy Shoe Organizer for Kids
There are a lot of ways you can keep shoes organized, but this is my favorite method. I’ve actually used this system for several years now and had great success – it’s even moved with me from my old house to my new one!
Additionally, I’m giving you the free printable labels to finish this project off with style. These labels will make sure that each kid knows exactly where his or her shoes are meant to go!
I’m going to show you how to put this DIY kids’ shoe rack together step by step. If this doesn’t fit your needs, that’s totally okay! I’ll also link to several shoe organizers that you can simply order online at the bottom of this post too.
How to Make a Kids’ Shoe Rack
Our previous shoe storage didn’t work very well because there wasn’t much order to it. With four kids, there’s usually a pair of sandals or crocs plus athletic shoes for each child. That’s at least EIGHT pairs and the hazardous on the porch wasn’t cutting it anymore.
I’ve learned from experience that the kids do better when they each have their own space. This helps teach boundaries and minimizes bickering (“he moved his shoes onto mine!”) That’s why this easy shoe organizer for kids works so well – each child has their very own cubby.
You can choose to use a plastic bin for each child’s cubby, but I’ve found it easier to skip it.
Plus the wire grid makes it easy to clean and the setup is light enough to move aside for sweeping or relocation. We’ll move our shoe organizer inside in a couple of months once the cold descends.
It’s not fancy, but this easy shoe organizer for kids definitely does the trick!
What You’ll Need:
- storage cubes
- connectors or cable ties
- free printable labels for names
Simple storage cubes are perfect for this project. We bought multiple sets of storage cubes many years ago because they are handy for many different projects, so luckily I already had some on hand. You can find them at Walmart, Target, Amazon, or any organizing store.
I personally prefer using cable ties than the connectors when assembling storage cubes. I’m probably special but those connectors are hard to use! If you use cable ties (also called zip ties), here’s a quick tip: use cat claw clippers to easily clip the cable ties; it’s much easier than scissors!
Assemble one storage cube for each child, connecting them together. I have four kids, so I made four cubes. If you’re using cable ties like me, pull them tight, then clip the end off.
Once your cubes are put together, grab your free printable labels here:
Right-click and save, then upload to PicMonkey and add your children’s names:
I highly recommend using labels because kids really respond to having their name on their belongings. It establishes an area as their space and that’s important for children, especially when there are siblings around.
Attach the labels to your shoe organizer with tape or a hot glue gun.
The cubes are large enough that you can easily fit two pairs of shoes side by side.
Of course, my kids just toss their shoes into their cubbies and leave it at that, but at least we’re making progress!
So there you have it – a handy shoe organizer to help keep things tidy this back-to-school season!
Pin the image below to find the instructions later.
More Shoe Organizing Ideas
If the DIY kids’ shoe rack isn’t right for your needs, no problem. Here’s a few other products I found online that would be perfect for keeping kids’ shoes orderly.
1. Over the door hanging shoe organizer. This $10 solution keeps it simple with plenty of pockets for kids to keep shoes in. Fair warning – if you have small children, the top pockets will be harder to reach, so keep seasonal items there and swap when needed.
2. 3-tier stackable rack. A simple 3-tier shelf can make for an easy, stylish shoe drop zone.
3. Fabric shoe divider. If you have toddlers or small babies, this is a cute, easy way to keep those tiny shoes organized.
4. Hanging shoe organizer. This hanging shoe organizer is the perfect way to keep your hall closet stocked with neatly organized footwear.
5. Collapsable shoe bins. If you prefer every pair to be put away in its own compartment, you’ll love this organizer!
6. Under-bed shoe storage. This is a better solution for seasonal shoes, not everyday items.
7. Freestanding shoe cubby. I like this freestanding cubby because it’s practical and can hold at least 10 pairs of shoes, which is perfect for a family.
There you have it – there are so many ways to keep your kids’ shoes neat and organized, no matter what space you are working with!
Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says
What a brilliant idea! I should totally try this for my kids.
Great idea! We have stuff all over the house! I could use this for more than shoes! OHHH the possibilities!
That is pure genius! My sister has shoes scattered all over the place from the kids.
I love this! Such an amazing idea! Our shoes are usually all over the floor by the door. This would really come in handy. So neat!
Gentle Bim says
That’s the best idea ever! We have a ton of shoes floating around the front door.
I love useful DIY projects like this! Great idea and I also love the of photos.
Amy Desrosiers says
Great idea! We have so any pairs per kids that I would need some serious stacking!
I love the shoe organizer idea. It’s simple, yet gets the job done.
Ashley Sears says
This is such an easy and great looking shoe organizer. The kids shoes are great looking!
Aimee SMith says
This such a smart idea! We always have shoes everywhere!
You know, this is such a great idea. My three are always losing their shoes and getting them mixed up. Especially the girls who like the same styles, yet different sizes. Thanks for the idea
Mistee Dawn says
This is such a great idea! I only have one child, but she could still use this for all of her shoes. Her dressy shoes, her rain boots, her snow boots, her sneakers, etc… Love this.
What a great and inexpensive way to store shoes. I can see how giving each child their own space comes in super handy.
This is a great way to store shoes. It is great to keep them off the floor and in one place.
Ann Bacciaglia says
This is a fantastic idea for shoes. I need to do this for my house. It is always a mountain of shoes at the door.
Autumn @Mamachallenge says
This is awesome! I will have to make one of these!
I love the shoes they picked. The shoe organization is a great idea!
Liz Mays says
What a great source of shoes for the new school year. I love the DIY shoe organizer!
Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert says
This is such a cool idea! Kids like to have spaces they feel are their own that they don’t have to share, and having a shoe/storage space can go a long way for them!
Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins says
What an awesome idea and a great way to keep the dirt outside of the home. I’ll definitely be making one of these.
Great place right by the front door. Wish I had a place like that.
Seattle Travel Blogger says
What a great idea. Of course, that would not work for me. I would fill that thing up in about two seconds with all the shoes that I have. It is great for kids though.
I love your shoe organizer. And I love the idea of placing them by the front door.
Mama to 5 BLessings says
What a great idea! There are 7 of us so weave to keep our shoes organized also, nothing drives me more crazy then a bunch of shoes by the front door!
Lena Burkut says
Great idea. My previous shoe storage is not working out. I need to look into this one
fantastic idea! We have a no shoe rule in the house and we usually keep the kids shoes at the front door. this would be soooo much easier to have a spot for each of them to put their shoes!