Another idea from Pinterest that solved a problem in our house.
I spent ZERO dollars on this project and I didn’t pull out one tool. I used my muscles; which are huge, for the record, and my hands (not huge).
In our last house (that we owned) we had a 3 season breezeway that was on it’s way to becoming our laundry room/mudroom/kitchen prep room Place of Amazing. We paid our favorite contractor around $1,200 to build a custom cubby situation with shoe storage, a mail sorting desk, pantry shelves and lockers.
It was b-glorious. I loved it. We ended up painting it an orange, yellow and I probably would have repainted it something cleaner (more cohesive to the rest of the room) had we stayed. But oh well! Someone else’s problem now.
Only – now that we’re renting and shlepping 18 million pairs of shoes around and no longer have the room for custom built cabinets (nor the budget as a renter) for a permanent solution to the ongoing suffering of our back entry … well. I did this.
And here’s how:
Welcome to our back entry. A place of many insurance problems, I’m sure.
We were about to hang a liability disclaimer on the back door letting folks know that any fall or mishap was their sole responsibility. 😉
In short: it’s a mess back there. And we trip over eachother and shoes and our CSA crate and I dump stuff there that I don’t know what to do with or for a trip to the garage when the weather turns …
I went on a hunt this morning for a pallet thinking I’d need two but only had room for one in the van – you should have seen my daughters face when I pulled over (in the Lowes parking lot at their dumpster pile) and ruffled through the pallets laying in the rain. I think she was half mesmerized that I was actually doing this and half mortified that I didn’t care who saw me.
We found one and I lugged it to the van for use in our back entry.
Then I just kicked around the shoes and whatever else was laying around to make some room for the pallet.
And simply leaned it against the wall.
Stuck our shoes in the slots, toes first, and was amazed that they all fit on one pallet with room to spare.
A totally free solution!
Now I just need to vacuum 😉 …. and hang a new sign ::Welcome to our home::