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 in your closet!


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!

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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  1. I so need this for my boots…going to hit up the dollar tree! LIFESAVER!
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  2. Courtenay says:


  3. Genius!! What a great idea!! Thanks :)

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

  5. what a great idea. like the boots too

  6. Great ah ha moment! I love it :o) And those boots are awesome; I have some that color and wear them ALL THE TIME!
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  7. I am sending this to my daughter…she wears boots all the time. You are such a smart cookie!
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  8. what a great idea – and cute boots too!

  9. Stupid smart!!!
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  10. What a brilliant idea! Pinning, thank you.
    Debbie :)
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  11. I also LOVE boots, and I really like your idea!!

  12. 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.
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  13. Great Idea! I am so ready for the dollar tree to get the noodles in!
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  14. Julia Forshee says:

    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:

      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!

  15. What a great idea!! I’ve had issues with my boots creasing in the past, I never thought to use a pool noodle. Pinning this for future use! I’m co-hosting a link party for Inspiration in Progress, this would be great for it if you’d like to link it up. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. 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!
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  17. Great idea! Back to Lowes… I’m there more than my husband!
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  18. Thanks so much for sharing at Project Inspired @ Setting for Four. I pinned your amazing tip to our group linky pinboard!
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  19. 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!

  20. That’s awesome! I do that too, but with small shopping bags. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.
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  21. 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.
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  22. Such a great tip. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!
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