Melissa Schmalenberger, Published November 17 2013
Ms. Simplicity: Tips for storing, organizing your bootsWhat do a magazine, pool noodle, wine bottle, pants hanger and boot box all have in common?
If you guessed an obscure pool party out of a movie, you would be wrong. But they all can be used to store and organize your boots.
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 that we are spending money on boots, we want to care for them to make them last longer.
My preferred method is to use boot boxes to keep them dust free. I usually like to store things vertically, but I make an exception for boots. I 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.”
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 to try it in November– not really pool noodle-buying weather. But I had some friends who were willing to sacrifice their pool noodle to the cause. You can easily cut the noodle with a good bread knife or a small hack saw.
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, polishing rag or suede brush near where you store your boots so can give them a quick swipe when you put them away.
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 that works best – in boots during boot weather and then into boot boxes when the season is over.
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. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.