Floppy Boots? Fix Them With A Pool Noodle!

I LOVE boots, but storing them is a huge nightmare! They’re too tall to fit into shoe cubbies, and the tops always flop over and lay on the ground. I hate the creases it leaves in my boots, and I always worry they will be permanently misshapen. But there is a super simple solution to this issue: pool noodles!

Use a pool noodle to keep your boots standing up

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How To Store Boots So They Don’t Flop Over

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I have some pairs of boots that mostly stand up on their own, but most of them end up flopping over like this.

Use pool noodles to stop your boots from flopping over

That’s gotta be bad for them, right? Not only is there a fold in the upper part, but the ankle is all dented in and creased. 🙁

To fix this, all you need is a pool noodle and a pair of scissors! Cut your pool noodle into quarters by sawing back and forth a bit with your scissors. (Or you can use a serrated bread knife.)

Stick one quarter of the pool noodle into each boot and shove it all the way down so it hits the sole. And voila, now they stand up!

Use a pool noodle to keep your boots standing up

Not only does the top stand up, but the ankle is filled out so it isn’t permanently indented! You can stand up two pairs of boots with one pool noodle, so grab a few from the dollar store and start saving your boots from eternal floppiness!

Use a pool noodle to keep your boots standing up in your closet!

What else can you use a pool noodle for, besides floating around in a pool? I’ve seen people bend it in a circle and use it as a wreath form. And of course, you can always use a pool noodle as a water gun: just fill the hollow center with water, point one end at a friend, and blow the water out at them from the other end!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. marianne says

    6 years ago

    I went one better. After I finished reading a couple of newspapers, I rolled them back up. I slipped them back in their plastic sleeves. I then taped the sleeves shut and put one in each boot. Didn’t have to buy anything extra.

  2. Beth says

    8 years ago

    Omg. Jessi. This is seriously brilliant! Where has your blog been all my life?!?!? I’m totally doing this, pinning this, and proclaiming the gospel of no-more-floppy-boots to everyone I know.

  3. Carrie @ My Favorite Finds says

    8 years ago

    That’s awesome! I do that too, but with small shopping bags. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  4. Diana says

    8 years ago

    LOL! A much better idea. I’ve kept my daily boots in the main coat closet and had been using empty wine bottles – brilliant … so I thought. Until, a couple of friends, cornered me on a gal’s nite concerned if I had a drinking problem after discovering empty bottles in that closet! LOL!

  5. Heather says

    8 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired @ Setting for Four. I pinned your amazing tip to our group linky pinboard!
    I hope you are having a fantastic Easter, and can join me Monday evening 8 pm EST for Project Inspired #8! 😀

  6. Megin says

    8 years ago

    Great idea! Back to Lowes… I’m there more than my husband!
    I’m visiting you today from Happy Hour. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
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  7. Allyson says

    8 years ago

    I love your boots, and this idea! I just saw noodles at the dollar store so I am going to go grab a few! Thanks for sharing at Domestic Superhero Sharing Thursdays!

  8. Julia Forshee says

    8 years ago

    This is ingenious. What a night and day difference! I know our readers would love this, too. We have a weekly link up party going on now (Thursdays), and we would love to see this post and/or any others you would like to share at allthingswithpurpose.com. Hope to see you soon!

    • Julia Forshee says

      8 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by allthingswithpurpose.com, Jessi!! We look forward to seeing what else you create for next Thursday’s Link Up!! Check back on Sunday to see if you’ve been featured!

  9. Jacque says

    8 years ago

    Great Idea! I am so ready for the dollar tree to get the noodles in!

  10. Shannah @ Just Us Four says

    8 years ago

    Super duper smart! I get so frustrated with storing my boots because they are usually so difficult to actually store. This is a great idea.

  11. Winnie says

    8 years ago

    I also LOVE boots, and I really like your idea!!

  12. Debbie says

    8 years ago

    What a brilliant idea! Pinning, thank you.
    Debbie 🙂

  13. Gwen says

    8 years ago

    Stupid smart!!!

  14. Ann says

    8 years ago

    I am sending this to my daughter…she wears boots all the time. You are such a smart cookie!

  15. Laura Beth says

    8 years ago

    Great ah ha moment! I love it :o) And those boots are awesome; I have some that color and wear them ALL THE TIME!

  16. lonnie says

    8 years ago

    what a great idea. like the boots too

  17. Vanessa says

    8 years ago

    Ooo, perfect timing! Now if you can give me a good way to store flip flops, I’ll love you forever! 😀

    • Jessi @ Practically Functional says

      8 years ago

      Ha! I just stack my flip flops on top of each other in a giant pile cuz they’re so flat! Probably not what you’re looking for, huh? 🙂

      • Gloria says

        6 years ago

        I just use a shoe bag that hangs on the back of my walk in closet door. Mine holds 12 pairs of shoes but I can get two pairs of most flip flops in one space. I just put the soles together in opposite directions.

  18. Crystal says

    8 years ago

    Genius!! What a great idea!! Thanks 🙂

  19. Courtenay says

    8 years ago


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