Problem: The entryway is a mess full of shoes. I'm tired of stepping on them and can barely open the door to leave or enter.
Solution: Build a shoe rack.
Step 1: Planning
One could use AutoCAD, ProE, Google SketchUp, but sometimes a pen and paper is all you need.
Think ahead: I do not have a vast selection of tools (being jammed into a small townhouse) so I tried to make this as minimal as possible. I was going to use nails or screws but was afraid of fastening into the end grain, which has a tendancy to split the wood, so I just used good old fashion wood glue.
SAFETY: Use your brain.