Taking winter boots out of long term storage and moving them into a closet can take up a lot of room. Here’s how to store boots in a closet to make the most of a small space.

How to Store Boots in a Closet

With any change of season, there is a coinciding wardrobe change. As we start to toss our lightweight sandals into a bin for another summer day, the household closet quickly becomes refilled with a familiar cold weather shoe staple—the boot.

Swapping out delicate sandals for heavy boots can pose a storage challenge for any closet space. Here are a few tips on how to store boots in a closet that will make the fall and winter footwear transition effortless.

1. Hang Boots in Your Closet

How to Store Boots in a Closet

Hanging is a great option for storing boots of any height. Ankle, mid-calf, to the knee or even over-the-knee, hanging boots can maximize any closet space. Below are few inexpensive methods to consider:

Boot Hangers: Boot hangers give spaces a clean and polished look. They are often used to display boots in retail stores, especially in the winter months when boots are abundant. When about to buy a pair, ask the retailer if they will provide the boot hanger the boots were  displayed on for free. If not, stocking up is easy. At 40 cents a hanger, it’s a no-brainer organizational investment.

Pant Hangers: Pant hangers are the sister to boot hangers. They essentially can perform the same function with just a little bit of improvising and are a nice option when in a time or money crunch. Just take  the adjustable clip pant hangers and clip the top of each boot leg onto the hanger at opposite ends.

TIP: Add a washcloth in between the boot and boot hanger clip to prevent indent marks from forming on the shoes.

2. Stuff Tall Boots for Storage

How to Store Boots in a Closet

Stuffing boots is really helpful when attempting to store knee high or over the knee boots on a closet floor. The fabric of taller boots doesn’t have much structure and causes them to fall side to side. Here are a few household products that are easy to stock up on and are  great for combating the boot fabric fold.

Magazines: Grab a stack of magazines and curl one into each tall boot. This will help your shoes stand tall, creating space for more boots on the closet floor.

Wrapping Paper Roll: Save those wrapping paper rolls, and don’t let the kids (or husband) play imaginary sword fights with them. Wrapping paper rolls work really well as a tall boot stuffer. Depending on the height of your roll, cut them to the appropriate length and stuff each section into the boot leg to help them stand tall.

Floaty Noodles: Considering throwing away any old floaty noodles from the pool after the summer? Keep those as well! Similar to wrapping paper rolls, take the floaty noodles and cut them into appropriate length sections to fit each boot leg.

Wine Bottles: Save empty wine bottles from all the summer gatherings. Clean them out. These work great as tall boot stuffers as well.

TIP: Be cautious with wine bottle boot stuffers. They work best for carpeted closet floors. In case they were to fall over, hard closet surfaces may cause the glass from the wine bottle to shatter.

3. Other Space Saving Ideas

How to Store Boots in a Closet

Over the door shoe hangers and closet bins are two other great methods for storing boot wear. They can add a stylish element to closet spaces while helping with organization by grouping like boots together.

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Bins: Storage bins  help to keep spaces really organized, plus they come in all sorts of colors and sizes. For shorter boots, they  are great for the closet floor. Just toss a few pairs in, and immediately start to feel more tidy and accomplished.

Over the Door Shoe Hanger: Over the door shoe hangers are a classic shoe storage staple and for shorter boots they work perfectly. Try to find ones with deeper pockets as well. This way more different sized boots are likely to fit in them!

Switching your shoe wardrobe doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. With a little bit of innovation and prep time you can renovate your closet space to accommodate any footwear for any season.

Have any more questions about boot storage? Comment below!

About the Author


Katie Johnson

Hi! I'm Katie, a 27-year-old blogger living in Buffalo, NY. As the author and creator of my style, beauty & living blog, Katie Off Duty, I'm all about sharing simple and easy tips that can make everyday life a little more stress-free and beautiful.

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