Remember a few weeks ago when I was complaining about the endless stream of cluttery nonsense that kept filling our entryway and driving me bananas? Well, Jared’s aunt read of my shoe-clutter woes and just last week passed along a genius nugget of info she snagged from Better Homes and Gardens online. It was a DIY project, specifically a shoe tray, that corrals wet shoes in an easy-on-the-eyes locale, where they can adequately dry before returning to their rightful spot (i.e. the closet). No puddles on the floor. No shoes left standing in slush. It’s pretty groovy, right? And the perfect solution to my troubles.
Needless to say, I was so thrilled with this idea, I went into project mode right away. I’m happy to report that this decluttering endeavor is positively foolproof and takes no more than a few minutes from start to finish. And in the middle of a crazy busy week, fast and easy are worth their weight in pebbles. Here’s what you do:
Look for a tray for the project, something large enough to fit a couple pairs of shoes. Keep in mind that the tray will get wet, so choose a material that can stand up to moisture. We found this white plastic tray at Target for about $12, and it has no beef at all with the ol’ H20.
These blue pebbles were another Target find; it took three containers to fill the bottom of the tray. You could definitely use white or cream-colored pebbles for a streamlined, monochromatic look, but we thought these blue guys added a nice pop of color.
And that’s all there is to it! We’ve been rockin’ the shoe tray for two days now, and it’s doing a mighty nice job of waylaying puddles and drying our footwear. The idea couldn’t have come at a better time, really. With the six-ish inches of snow we got last week, we’ve had a heavy dosing of wet shoes and sloppy messes. Woo hoo for practical solutions with a stylish twist!
Did you tackle any DIY projects this weekend? Or do you have any on the horizon for the upcoming week? Any favorite decluttering techniques (shoe- or non-shoe-related) that you’d like to share? Can’t wait to hear it!