The kids come home from school, eager to kick their shoes off and start the afternoon — and there it is, the inevitable living room shoe pile… or even worse, random shoes scattered all over the house! I'm having trouble coming up with a system that works for me and them, so I'm asking you — how do you control your little ones' kicks?
For awhile I made them take their shoes upstairs to their room when they took them off. While this solution definitely solved the shoe pile dilemma (and the where are my shoes?! dilemma), it created an altogether new problem — my kids are in and out of the yard all the time, and we probably have 4-5 shoes off/shoes on changes in an afternoon. I actually prefer it if their shoes are near the door, that way they can come and go with little hassle.
Right now I just have a big wooden crate near the door, and it's full of (can you guess?) shoes. I feel like I've partially won the battle just by having a place to corral the pile, but I just have this feeling that there's a better solution I haven't thought of yet. We don't have a foyer or mudroom; our front door opens directly into our living room. Do you have any tips or ideas? How do you control shoe clutter in your family?