Originally published August 5, 2015 and updated on July 25, 2022.
Last year we moved my oldest to her first year of college. With all our moving experience gained from 20+ moves, I had a few tricks up my sleeve to make the move a bit easier. It was still emotional, but the actual packing and moving was no problem. One of the tricks that most impressed my daughter was my trick for packing, moving and storing shoes and it’s oh so easy and free!
I tried to pack everything we moved to college into boxes small enough that my daughter and I could manage them alone. I knew that the first day (and week even) would be super busy for my daughter. I didn’t want to increase her workload by just tossing all the shoes into a box that she’d have to sort through later. (In the picture below is less than half the shoes she took with her!)
This shoe size conversion chart for women is invaluable if you’re having a difficult time converting children’s sizes to women’s or vice versa.
Packing, Moving & Storing Shoes
Wondering how to pack shoes for moving and this mama’s trick? A quick trip to Costco and a couple of wine boxes. Look for the ones with dividers for bottles. Yes, these really is a free tip to pack shoes for a move and storing shoes.
Simply slip a shoe into each section and you’re done. How easy is that? If it wasn’t just the best way to pack shoes for moving, I’d be embarrassed at how easy it is.
If you’ve got shoes with high heels, you can slip the heel over the divider and use 2 sections for those shoes.
You can also bend the divider to make the section a bit larger.
My daughter has even decided that it’s a great way for storing her shoes in these boxes. The shoes are neatly contained and she can quickly grab just the pair of shoes that she wants. Update – She’s stored her shoes in her dorm closet in these boxes for four years now, so it must really work.
If you’d prefer to purchase shoe storage boxes, these shoe storage boxes would be helpful for both moving and storage.
More moving ideas:
- More details on how to pack shoes for moving
- Comprehensive Moving Checklist Planner
- Printable Moving Labels & Inventory Sheets
Leave it to me to repurpose a cardboard box and make it easy for her packing, moving and storing her shoes with one trick. This year I’ll cover the boxes with graphic contact paper or wrapping paper and make them pretty for her (because I just can’t help myself sometimes.)
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I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.