Join Date: May 2003
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I'm on the hunt for something to solve our shoe pile problem as well.
I have seen a really big pan used, and it just would take a lot of practice and consistency to make sure everyone puts their shoes in their neatly. The great thing about the pan is that when it gets dirty, its easy to take outside and hose down.
Another idea I've seen is to make cubby holes - I've seen these at preschools too - where each family member has a place to hang their coat and their shoes go right below. Each cubby hole could either have the family members name, or make or cut out pictures that relate to each person in the family. Such as, "Billy likes to play soccer so his cubby hole has a picture of a soccer ball."
Also, we keep our "work" shoes in the garage. So if I'm working outside, or need my tennis shoes for a walk, I put them on in the garage. My every day shoes are kept inside. But I still need to get my act together and find something do keep them in!