Care of self spaces: a change to my children’s shoe storage area

Now that my children are getting older, I re-visited one space in our home that I didn’t feel was working as well as it use to. I am hoping this little change makes all the difference.

My children each have three pairs of shoes and they are all second-hand. This shoe rack is also second-hand and is in pretty good shape considering. I have placed this shelf including a child-size chair for putting on shoes in this location as the door on the left is the garage (which we use instead of the front door most days) and the door on the right is the downstairs toilet. It’s the perfect spot for putting on and taking off shoes and for my youngest to use the chair for putting on his clothes after using the toilet. My daughter doesn’t use the chair, preferring to just sit on the ground or the bottom of the stairwell opposite this space to put on shoes.

Montessori at home spaces- children's shoe rack

Why the change?

  • My daughters feet are now much bigger and her shoes were not fitting nicely in the baskets and were just too big to just lay flat on the shelf like we were able to do when my children were much younger.
  • Dumping ground. All sorts of things including toys were finding their way into the baskets.
  • Dust! This space became a dust haven, due to using the baskets. I was always having to clean in and around the baskets.
  • Now my children can clearly see what goes where and their shoes take pride of place ‘a place for everything and everything in its place‘.
  • Hats and sunglasses now stay in my children’s school bags eliminating the need for using baskets which declutters this space.

Measurements of this 3-tier shoe rack- 74cm x 26cm x 48cm.

Our former space;


This space/shelf by the front door of our old home, worked so well when my children were younger.

On another note, I will have a lovely interview with Becky from The Great Northern Family blog early next week, if you would like to take a look at her blog before hand.

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