Ways to Maintain Your Shoe Closet

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Over time, even well-organized shoe racks might start developing an unpleasant smell, particularly when they’re in enclosed spaces that have low ventilation. If your shoe closet requires a little help or is beginning to smell unpleasant, it’s time for a complete cleaning. Follow the below steps to have a clean, fresh shoe closet.

Take All the Shoes Out

Step one in getting your shoe closet smelling and looking the way it should involves clearing all the shoes out and beginning with a clean slate. If your current organizational model deteriorated to a “toss and dig” regimen, you might discover some shoes you had forgotten about! Have a trash bag ready and toss in the shoes you no longer use so you can drop them off at the thrift store in your area.


Before considering arranging your shoes, make sure you clean the space. To battle smells, wipe down tile and walls or hardwood floors using a diluted vinegar solution (1- part warm water and 1-part white vinegar), and wipe again using clean water. Make use of a fan to encourage fast drying. If the shoe closet is inside a carpeted space, vacuum thoroughly, and use the crevice tool to get inside the nooks and crannies. Sprinkle baking soda over the whole carpeted space and allow it to sit for one hour to absorb any scents before you vacuum. If smells persist, fill two uncovered bowls with undiluted vinegar, put them in your shoe closet, shut the door then leave them overnight. When morning arrives, dispose of the vinegar, and all the smells ought to be gone. If you have unpleasant odors or stains in the carpet that persist, give Triangle Legacy a call.

Create a System

Most folks own dozens of shoes, yet only use two or three of them regularly. If that’s the case for you, you might want to think about storing all frequently-used shoes inside a more easily accessible, separate location, like a shoe rack by your front door.

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