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Organize Your Home With a Shoe Bench

Shoe Benches are a great tool for smaller homes or apartments. A shoe bench is a bench that has cubbies of different sizes for shoes and boots to be stored. The top of the bench can have a seat cover or cushion that you can sit on while putting your shoes or boots on. Most of the time the shoe bench would be placed in an entry or mud room for easy access and use when entering or leaving the home.

The benches can be used in many ways to make your home more comfortable and less cluttered. Each pair of shoes has their own cubby so that they don't have to be in a mountain of shoes at the bottom of a closet or even in a box in the basement. This will create a very organized look to your home. The cushioned seat can also double as extra seating when you have company over. It also could work as a time-out spot for your children. It would even be a great place to send your family to wait for you before leaving the house, as a meeting area to check everyone's appearance.

There are many benefits to having a shoe bench in your home. In smaller homes or apartments the shoe bench is almost an essential tool to keep everything in its place as space can be very limited. Having all of the family's shoes in one place avoids the never ending, "Mom, I can't find my shoes!" The bench itself becomes a great tool for younger children as a time-out place, as well as a meeting place to be sure they are dressed properly before leaving the house.

The bench can also become an anchor point in any decorating scheme, especially with a cushioned seat cover. The fabric can coordinate with the decor that you already have in your home. Most benches are made of wood that can be stained to match the woodwork already in your home.

There are alternatives to having a shoe bench in your home. One option would be to have a shoe rack that can either hang on the back of a door or fit in the bottom of a coat closet and place a small chair or stool near the door. This would create the same benefits of a shoe bench, without actually having one.

Peter keeps his home organized with a shoe storage bench and would recommend a shoe bench to anyone having a hard time keeping their entryway clutter-free.

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