Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Flashback Week: I Am No Martha Stewart



This week I wanted to do a “Fall Flashback” and re-post some of my favorites from the past two years, just in case you missed them.

First up is one of the few in my “I Am No Martha Stewart” series. 
With a name like Marta, it’s often confused with Martha. But I assure you, I am no Martha Stewart. 

However, in this series I give you some of my personal household/parenting tips and ideas. The best I got. Definitely in Marta style, not Martha……

I don’t know about you, but to me, there is nothing worse than walking into my house & tripping over shoes. 
Teeny tiny shoes.  

So I invented the idea to make a fun little piece of furniture, the most functional piece in my home….



I got this priceless piece, before I even had kids, from Pier 1.
I saw the vision then as I thought to myself,
"This would be PERFECT for all the little shoes when I have kids!"

I truly do not know how other moms survive without this.

What a life saver it has been over the years.
It sits directly next to our front door and our girls, as well as all the children I watch during the week, know to take off their shoes and throw them on in the “shoe bin.”

It may or may not have been one of Gracie’s first words.
Just saying.


For the back patio door I solved the shoe issue as well.
I bought this medium size “shoe basket” from Target, the greatest place on Earth.

My girls come in from playing in the backyard and throw their flip flops or crocs in there.
Easy as PIE! And so WORTH not tripping over all the little shoes on our floor.

The back door shoe basket is great for the mobility factor.

In the Winter when we aren't going in and out of the back door as often, I stick this basket in the laundry room closet to get it out of the way.
Not that it takes up too much room, but if we aren't using it  it's nice to have the option to put it away for awhile.

I hope these “I’m no Martha Stewart” shoe organization tips will help you in your home.

If you are anything like me and HATE stepping & tripping all over shoes go out and buy yourself a shoe BASKET for the back door and some type of SHOE BIN for the front door!

I think an antique of some kind with cubbies would work perfectly! That is, if you are an antique stalker like me :)

Let me know if you use this tip. I would love to see your  new SHOE BIN in action.


LauraC said...

I currently use an organizer from Target that goes under our island.

But the new house (moving in 38 days!!) has an entire mudroom with built ins. SIGH! Pics of the built in cubbies here:

Sami Jo said...

Oh how I lof that "shoe bin" deary! We have a "shoe cart" it's okay - but not near as flashy as the shoe bin. & I love the part about it may or may not have been Gracie's first words - hilarious!


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