Clearing the Air 153 Fave it MORE Email Martha Stewart Living, January 2009 Line the bottom of shoe storage containers with tongue-and-groove cedar planks. The aromatic wood helps neutralize any odors and helps maintain a fresh-smelling closet. Tags Bedroom Closets Organizing Comments (10) Add a Comment sulamiii 26 Jan, 2011 @Mildred and @Ladyboy: you can get rid of the humidity problem with putting paper of the daily newspaper into the shoes and letting them dry near the radiator. that'll work, I promise! Ladyboy 25 Jan, 2011 @MildredJ: if you're talking of humidity (sweat) in shoes, a simple way to get rid of that is to apply baby powder in the shoes before and/or after wearing them. It absorbs all moisture and the bad odor that comes with it. Hope this helps! MildredJ 25 Jan, 2011 I also have a humidity problem. Would these cedar planks/blocks help with this problem? mary730 25 Jan, 2011 That OLD smell you're thinking of probably is moth balls. This is cedar and very fresh. Go to one of the home stores and you'll find it there and you can check out the smell. :-) Beola 17 Mar, 2009 Do you smell like that when you wear your shoes. Like an OLD smell? azurecasa 16 Mar, 2009 We've had these type of closets for years, it was cheaper than carpet. Love them! We periodically sand them to keep the cedar smelling great. carolinedefran 16 Mar, 2009 sounds expensive ivahays 16 Mar, 2009 Helps for moth/bugs repelant. Great idea. Not that expensive either. NancyMcManus 16 Mar, 2009 Love, love, LOVE this idea! And we are re-doing our closets now. rcfiorman 16 Mar, 2009 What a great idea! I'm going to the home improvement store today. Also, I cut a fabric softener sheet in half and stick half one in each shoe to absorb odors. Here in Florida shoes are always sweaty.