Shoe Shame, No More!

by Katy on September 16, 2010 · 19 comments

The entryway to my house is a natural disaster zone. Kicked off shoes, soccer gear, karate stuff and the debris of daily life are magnetized to this area. I really don’t want the first image that people see of my house to be a maelstrom of madness, so I have special bin for soccer gear, a special bin for karate stuff, and yes, a couple of baskets for shoes. It’s not a perfect solution, but it works alright.

But today I found the perfect shoe shelf while perusing the aisles of the Habitat Re-Store in my search for the perfect bathroom sink. And the best part is that it’s antique and has the exact same clover-style cutouts as my banister. Plus, it was ten bucks!

I’m very excited! Used stuff shopping, a fantastic bargain, a clutter solutions and supporting a great charity?!

Be still my heart.

Before. Note that there are many, many more shoes in the baskets than actually need to be there.

After. Note that I showed some restraint about how many shoes actually need to live in my entryway.

The shelf as seen from the side, which is how it will be viewed when entering the house. It is the exact same design as the banister. I am totally going to show this to the people a couple blocks away whose house is the same as ours. All tremble in fear at my almighty shopping prowess!! Oh, oops . . . was that out loud?

And yes, I found that the sinks at the Habitat Re-Store are wickedly cheap, and that tile is 50ยข per square foot. I will be going back!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen September 16, 2010 at 3:25 pm

That’s awesome!! The pictures were under the box to the right, so I couldn’t read the right hand text, but I got the point!


Katy September 16, 2010 at 3:36 pm

Weird. It’s formatted correctly on my MacBook. Is this happening for anyone else?



Jenn H September 17, 2010 at 4:09 am

I’m on a PC browsing w/ Chrome & it looks fine.


Cara September 16, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Great find! I love Re-Store. We rent a house, and I don’t want to spend too much upgrading it. We’ve found many things for a reasonable price at Re-Store, including a new steel front door (the previous one was a hollow-core door meant for indoor use and SO drafty!).


Practical Parsimony September 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Cara, my sister rented and moved often. She just had someone replace the shower head with the one she owned. When she moved out of an apartment, she put back the showerhead that she had removed. Just take down things, store, replace with pretty things or useful ones, and put the apartment items back in place before you move out.


Mrs. B September 16, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I do this too with my kitchen faucet. Whenever we move into a new apartment we put our kitchen faucet in and shower head. Thanks to my husband who does not mind doing this for me.


Melissa September 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

That shoe shelf was just waiting for you to come along.


Angela September 17, 2010 at 1:58 am

Wow, who knew that a shoe rack could be so beautiful!! Great find!


HeatherS September 17, 2010 at 3:21 am

I’ve been slowly collecting wooden shoe racks when I see them at our Goodwill. So far I have one in my closet, one by the back door (an area that looked much like your front door area!) and am on the lookout for one for my husbands closet. I have to say though none are as lovely as yours! Great find!


Jinger September 17, 2010 at 5:11 am

Lovely, as is your banister…and the chest of drawers. I love old furniture!


Tracy Balazy September 17, 2010 at 5:54 am

That is a BEAUTIFUL shelf! Mine is only white coated wire, but I got it free from a couple of friends who had just combined households, and it’s saved my closet from being the disaster it once was.


Lisa September 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

Great score! I love Habitat stores.


Kariann September 17, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Great find!


Deb September 17, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Amazing – divine providence even!

I love Habitat for Humanity stores as well, we’ve found some pretty awesome things there. My recent fave finds include a really cool old light fixture for the front porch, a low fat baking book, and a nice waffle iron (for just $5) for our camper. Extra satisfying to know the money goes to a great cause.

Good job, and your shoe shelf is probably the pretties I’ve seen.


Susan September 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm

v. cool


sandra jensne September 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm


We have a Habitat store about 5 miles from us. In our family room we have a sofa and three chairs from there. One is an old wooden rocker, maybe from about 1920 or so we bought for 35 dollars!Love that store!


Rachel September 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

tell me how it works out…i found a delightful shoe rack for our entry way…and i STILL find the shoes sitting NEXT TO IT!! argh!! i’ve threatened to start taking shoes I find and sending everyone to school and work in only their socks! ๐Ÿ˜€


Katy September 20, 2010 at 8:38 am


Like everything else, I do believe this new shoe system will need constant maintenance. Maybe I should hire this job out . . . . ๐Ÿ˜‰



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