Boot Organizing with Pool Noodles

By October 12, 2013 May 2nd, 2018 Befores and Afters, Organizing Tips

Nothing makes me happier than entering a nicely organized closet (http://leaveit2lori NULL.wpengine Clothing in its place organized by type and then by color, on matching hangers (http://leaveit2lori NULL.wpengine, of course!  Shoes beautifully displayed and sorted, casual vs. dressy, then by color. Accessories nicely organized in their allocated homes.  And then I looked down on the floor at a gorgeous boot collection and cringed.

I knew there was something I needed to do and as soon as that happens, I jump into action to find the best and greatest solution.  Here is what I found…

I tried different things from boot sticks (http://www NULL.containerstore from the Container Store to rolled up magazines that were waiting to be recycled.  Neither did the trick.  The boot sticks held the boots together but leaned over, the old magazines looked like old magazines which is fine for temporary but not the look I was going for. I wanted something that was supportive, easy to get in and out and light weight.  While checking out at Ralph’s, I noticed foam pool noodles on clearance and thought … Jackpot, I can make them!

These DIY boot trees are:

  • simple to make
  • inexpensive
  • come in a variety of fun colors to choose from
  • can be custom cut to any size you need


Start by deciding what size fits best. To accomplish that, place the noodle in the boot and mark where noodle meets boot.

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Cut the noodle. I used a saw that was lying around in the garage. A kitchen knife will also do the trick.

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Place cut noodles inside boots and voila…

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One noodle can makes 4 boot inserts or 2 pair of boots and these fillers do the trick!


Lori Gersh is a hands-on professional organizer, move manager and the owner of Leave It 2 Lori. Her focus is on helping her clients in Beverly Hills, Westlake Village, Calabasas, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, and other Southern California cities to declutter, organize, and transform their space. Whether you are upsizing or downsizing, organizing your home or your office, Lori and her team will handle it all.