Entryway shoe piles are the devil!
Gah! Just the sight of a shoe pile-up is enough to make me grouchy. Ironically, our pile-up has remained because no matter what my shoe-organizing plan has been (closet shoe organizers, under-the-bed shoe organizers, etc.), it’s never as convenient as kicking our clodhoppers off by the door.
Desperate for an entryway shoe pile solution, I drove to Lowe’s in search of a muse. And I found it in a Christmas clearance bin of 29-cent suction wreath hooks.
Hooks are always handy in a clutter, I mused. Then, DING! A light went off in my head, and I proceeded to grab as many suction hooks as my basket could carry.
Is there a shoe-pile by your door that’s driving YOU bonkers?
Then grab a bucket full of clearance suction wreath hooks while they are there for the taking and keep reading to see how I used mine….
Entryway Shoe Pile Solution Using Suction Hooks
If you’re not into suction hooks, no worries. There are several other options out there. However, I couldn’t pass up the 29-cent price tag. Especially when most other drill-in hooks are upwards of $4 apiece. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend $3 instead of $40 on a project that’s ankle-height.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 8-10 large, large rubber suction wreath hooks
- *16-20 thin nails (the rubber on a large suction hook is sturdy enough to hold a nail without tearing)
*NOTE: The suction mechanism does NOT work on walls. These suckers DO, however, stick to mirrors and glass like glue. So if you have a mirrored or glass wall in your entryway, then score, your work is done!
STEP 1: Draw a line.
Select the area of a wall you’d like your hooks to be.
Using a wall level, lightly draw a straight line across the wall at least 1 foot up from the baseboards. You will use this line a guide for placing your hooks.
Note: If your family members have big feet, you’ll need to measure your line higher up so that the shoes don’t drag on the floor.
STEP 2: Start in the middle.
Though I didn’t use exact measurements between each hook, I do suggest starting in the middle and working your way out to ensure the most balanced look.
STEP 3: Hammer away.
Nails with large, flat, round heads would be ideal for holding the suction cup in place, but if you’re like me and only have trim nails on hand, use those.
For the best results:
- Find the center point of your line. Place your first suction hook a few inches to the right of that point.
- Align the top or the bottom of the suction cup with the line.
- Situate a nail in between the center/hook and the right edge of the suction cup.
- Hammer in the nail all the way if you have nails with a round head. For trim nails, hammer in 2/3rds of the way and then use the hammer to bend the nail to the side, securing the suction cup.
- Repeat on the left side. Press the suction cup into the wall when placing the second nail so that the cup lays flat and secure.
- Repeat with remaining hooks.
And you’re done!
The hooks almost disappear into the wall thanks to clear plastic and rubber.
Time to start hanging up this traffic jam of shoes!
I can’t tell you how many times I hung and unhung these shoes this weekend. It was just so novel!
Me likey. Me likey very much.
With this hook system, Mr. Smith and I can still kick our shoes off by the door, but now we have a quick and convenient way of keeping them off the floor.
Hurray! Our entryway no longer looks like the entrance to a jumping castle!
(P.S. If you love our wall pattern as much as we do, here’s the story behind it.)
Can’t get enough hooks?
I hear ya. I’m hooked on hooks. Here are some more of my favorite ways that hooks have solved our organizational quandaries….
This decorative coat hanger was too small for actual coats, but it’s just the right size for hanging aprons.
Since we don’t have a broom closet, I keep our broom, mop and other handle-y things off the floor and out of the way with this wall mounted grip-hook rack. Behold, the wall space beside our fridge:
CLOSET ACCESSORY ORGANIZER
Hooks are a lifesaver in our closet. We hang everything from scarves to belts to necklaces on them.
Look for these hook racks in the organization aisle.