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Seeing a pile of shoes near the front door, or having shoes scattered around drives me nuts. It looks very sloppy and it is easy to lose shoes. Especially with 3 young children, it is easy to lose track of shoes. With a little effort, it is pretty easy to keep shoes neat and organized. It also teaches the kids to be responsible for their belongings.
It's taken me a few tries, but I think I've finally gotten the shoe mess under control. I use a few methods...
In the winter, I use one basket for my kids' sneakers, boots and slippers. The other basket is for their winter gear like scarves, gloves and hats. I use two separate baskets for myself and my husband for our winter gear. They are stored on the shelf at the top of my front closet. Our sneakers, boots and slippers are nearly organized on the closet floor. I have a third basket for our sandals and flip flops that I keep in the closet. I usually keep it in the closet during the winter and bring it out to swap with the winter basket containing the gloves, hats and scarves for the summer.
In the summer, I use one basket for the kids' sneakers and the other basket for everyone's sandals and flip flops. You can see this arrangement in the picture below. The small basket in the middle is for the kids' sunglasses. The two baskets on the floor are for the baby's toys. All of the baskets are stored in and under the console table in the front entry. Dressy shoes for myself and my husband are stored in our bedroom closet.
When my twins were small, they had the same shoes. For that, I gave them each their own basket. Once they had different style shoes, I started using my current system.
It's simple, but it makes a huge difference with organization. I also almost never lose shoes anymore. The trick to that is to make sure the kids remember to always put their shoes in the right place.