I wasn't sure what I'd do with it right away, but there were so many possibilities - organization in the laundry room, kids play room, kids closets....the only problem now was deciding.
When I came into the house I saw the "shoe-palooza" that our entryway had become.....and with embarrassment I show you the pictures.....*blush.
The kids keep their shoes and backpacks here, and we have a "1-pair of shoes per person in the entry" rule (except for Emma who's 4, because I don't want to run up to her closet to get the right pair for the day, so she gets that wired basket).
Without a way to corral them though, they tend to sprawl all over the floor and the kids "forget" how many shoes they already have there. It makes me crazy to walk through this every time I come home.
As I dusted off the cubby shelf thing I had just bought, I realized that it would be perfect for containing the shoe monster! So I cleared out the whole area, vacuumed it, realigned the rugs, and set up the new shoe station.
2 of the kids are in running after school (cross-country and Girls on the Run), so they often wear a couple different pairs of shoes in a day......I changed the rule to 2 pairs per kid, but they must stay in their assigned cuibby. I love that it goes vertical and keeps more of the floor clean.....we're 3 days in and so far so good! =) It was a great $2 organizational fix!