Shoe Storage Solution DIY: Urban Wood Shelf Organizer

Hey guys! Happy Monday! Today we are bringing you this shoe storage DIY that turns your shoes into decor. This month we have been focusing on ways to help you become your best self. With that, we've given tips on how to get your mind right and now we are shifting that focus on how to get your physical surroundings under control so you can be your best. So far we have given you 10 ways to become a better you. We've given you a list of 10 books to help you become your best self. And we've given you an overview of the Enneagram. Now that we've talked about the internal things we need to have our best year. Let's talk about getting our surroundings organized.

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I've been needing a place to store my bootie collection for a while. Our house was built in 1945 and while it has a lot of character, it does not have a lot of storage. Our closets are simple and small. Savannah was kind enough to build me this Urban Outfitters inspired shelf to make more space for my shoes. Using your walls is a great way to add storage! You can use your beautiful accessories like scarves, hats, and purses to decorate your room. I also love how this shelf makes it easier for me to see what I have. I actually wore those silver booties to church yesterday because I could see them. I had forgotten about them, but having them visible to me reminded me of another shoe option.

Having a place for everything is How to Stay Organized 101, and we are really trying to implement this in our lives and home. Making a shelf for shoes seems like it couldn't really improve your life, but it's really been helpful for me. Having a cluttered space subconsciously affects me and it probably affects everyone. Cluttered space = cluttered mind. As we have been focusing on cleaning a little everyday and finding places for everything, I have noticed a change in my mind. All of these changes that we have been implementing since the beginning of the year are making a difference in the way I think and feel.

So without further ado. Let's get to how you make this super cool shoe shelf/dream shoe organization.
For this project, you will need:
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- 2"x2" piece of wood (cut to 64" long)
- 2"x12"x8' piece of wood
- 1/2" wood dowel
- wood glue
- miter saw
- jig saw
- drill
- 1/2" spade bit
- 1/16" drill bit
- 4- 2.5" wood screws

Assemble the back piece.
1. Measure 6.75" from the top of the 2"x2" piece of wood and mark an "X" in the center of the wood. Measure 13.5" from the first "X" and repeat the process every 13.5" until you reach the end of the wood.

2. Use a spade bit to drill holes where the "X"s are. Do not drill all the way through the other side of the wood, but drill as much as you can without breaking through.

3. Measure the dowel into 4.5" sections and cut. You will need 5 pieces.

4. Coat the hole and the end of the dowel with wood glue. You can use a paint brush to make sure you coat everything evenly.

5. Let the glue dry for at least 30 minutes before hanging it on the wall.

Assemble the shelves.
6. Measure 19" on the 2"x12" piece of wood and repeat until you have 5 sections. Use a miter saw to cut each section.

7. Find the middle point along the edge of of each shelf piece and mark with a line.

8. Mark the center point on the end of the 2"x2" piece.

9. Place the end of the 2"x2" piece on the shelf piece and line up the center points along the edge.

10. Trace the shape of the 2"x2" piece onto the shelf piece.

11. Cut out the piece you traced with a jigsaw. You can use a 1/4" drill bit to drill into the corners of the shape to make it easier to use the jigsaw.

12. Double check that the 2"x2" piece fits into the cut out section.

13. Using the 1/2" spade bit, drill a hole into the shelf through the cut-out section. Make sure you drill as far down as the spade bit will allow.
Hang the shelf.
14. Use a small drill bit to drill holes between each dowel. This is where you will put screws to attach the piece to the wall.

15. Find a stud in your wall and screw the back piece into the wall and stud. Use a level to make sure it's straight and then screw it in via the other holes.

16. Slide the shelf pieces onto the dowels and use a rubber mallet or a hammer and a towel to force the shelves up against the wall. There should be no space between the wood for the most security. If the shelves won't go all the way on, you may have to cut off a little bit of the the dowel.

We made a video of the process, so be sure to check it out- it makes a little more sense when you can see what's happening!
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