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Friday, October 22, 2010

21 Uses for Over-the-Door Hanging Shoe Organizers | Family Economics

By Trisha

I had one of those ah–ha! Moments! That’s right I figured out how to stop the clutter, stop the searching, stop the piles with one very simple solution – “over-the-door hanging shoe organizer.” These are often on sale in our local stores or online.

Here are my 21 “out of the shoe box” uses for these organizers that will bring organization to your home and family. Not only will you love them but your children will love the simplicity of keeping their own items organized and stored away with ease.

Kitchen: Hang and over the door hanging shoe organizer on the inside of your pantry door and use one of these ideas:
1. Spice rack: Place your spices in the pockets and you can even alphabetize them.
2. Food sorter: Place small items such as cake decorating supplies, season packets, powder drink mixes, boxed rice and pastas.
3. Lunch making supplies:  Ziploc® Brand Sandwich Bags, napkins, plastic utensils, lunch box notes, straws, snacks, etc.
4. Utensil holder: To end the hunt of digging for the potato peeler or spatula, organize your kitchen gadgets and utensils for easy viewing in each pocket.
5. Snack holder: Fill with healthy and child-friendly snacks that your children are able to help themselves.

Office/craft rooms: Place the over-the-door hanging shoe organizer on the inside of your office door and use one of these ideas:
6. Art supplies: Create a child accessible art center by placing and storing paint brushes, scissors, rolls of tape, glue sticks and felt markers.
7. Craft/sewing supplies: The perfect pockets to hold all your craft and or sewing supplies, including thread, yarn, scissors, hot glue gun, craft magazines, ribbons and laces.
8. Homework/office supplies: Store your surplus of office and homework supplies, including  pencils, erasers, scissors, hole puncher, staplers, rolls of tape, notepads, pens and pencils.
9. Wrapping supplies: Create a wrapping center by using the pockets to hold ribbons, bows, scissors, tape, and gift enclosure cards.

Children’s bedrooms/play rooms: Hang the organizer on the inside of your child’s door and use one of these ideas:
10. Child’s toys: Small cars, action figures, stuffed animals, dolls and accessories to small toys and gadgets.
11. Video game storage: Store controllers, wires, cords and games in the pockets for simple storage and use.
12. Children’s clothing: Give your child independence when it comes to getting dressed by filling the pockets with their socks, undergarments, tights, shoes and belts.
13. Baby station: The one stop center for new baby diapers, ointments, undershirts, pajamas, socks, lotions, pacifiers, rattles and any other baby items.

Other great uses include:
14. Bathrooms:
No more over-stuffed bathroom drawers and cabinets when you use a hanging door shoe organizer to store all of your bathroom necessities in – lotions, makeup, curling irons, hair driers, head bands, nail polishes, mirrors, sprays, hair products and even first aid items
15. Jewelry: Hang a shoe organizer in your closest and sort and store all of your fun costume jewelry for easy access and storage.
16. Hall closet or mudroom: Fill the shoe organizer with items you need to take on the go -mittens, scarves, hats, cough drops, school supplies, sun glasses, keys, wipes, umbrellas, small tissue packages, sunscreen or mail that needs to be mailed out. Hang it in either the hall closet or your mudroom.
17. Hanging junk drawer: Empty and organize your junk drawer into all of the shoe organizer pockets-place all the items you need to find but often have to search and dig for, such as: flash lights, batteries, camera, super glue, measuring tape, permanent markers, etc. Hang it in a hall, laundry or other convenient location.
18. Garage storage: Fill with cans of spray paint or children’s stuff, like basketball inflation needles, goggles, squirt guns, gardening tools or squirt hose attachments. All the small items that typically get lost and buried in the garage are now organized.
19. Dorm life: College dorms seem to never have enough storage space so use these shoe organizers to store cameras, music devices, hair accessories, toiletries, sunglasses, DVD’s, school supplies and anything you just need a place for.
20. On the go: Next time you travel, toss an empty shoe organizer into your suitcase for an instant travel organizer. Once you arrive to your destination you can fill it with all of your toiletries, cameras, sunglasses, room keys, snacks and end the digging and searching in the bottom of your suitcases.
21. For guests: When you have over-night guests use a shoe organizer to place items they may need including shampoo, soap, extra toothbrush, snacks and even reading material. What better way to say welcome, make yourself at home? Hang in your guest bedroom or bathroom.

Note: Get even more organized and use a label maker to create labels for each pocket to assist those returning items they have used.

Do you have an organization idea using an “over-the-door shoe bag organizer?”

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On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, RNC wrote

Use a dry erase marker to label your pockets. All you have to do is wipe clean if you should start to use a pocket for a different purpose.

On Saturday, January 5, 2013, bubbem for bethel wrote

I used one one when went on a cruise for all f my make-up and hair accesories. It is such a great idea

On Tuesday, January 1, 2013, g from orlando wrote

i placed one on the back of my daughters bedroom door for her many little electronics. now she has a place for all the chargers, ear plugs, little nintendo games and her phone when she isnt using it. saves me time and sanity.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, KC from Texas wrote

Oh, I also use one of these just for GETTING organized.....if I've got a pile of stuff I need to sort and some how whip into order, I start by sorting into the pockets..instead of all over the dining room table! Once everything has been sorted into a pocket, THEN, things make their way to their "destination" elsewhere in the house. (I've also used these for ONGOING trying to get all the pieces to something together in once place, or things you need to keep track of that don't yet have a permanent "home" in the house, or various "parts" you find around the house that you don't know what they go to....a bolt here, a button there, etc)

On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, KC in Texas wrote

I've been using these when I travel for years...what little space it takes in my bag is well worth it in terms of my sanity at my destination! This is also a time tested trick for those who take cruises. I even take one when visiting family and friends, since I have no idea if I'l have anything but the top of a dresser in terms of storage!

On Monday, March 5, 2012, Candi Montana wrote

My mom when she was sick used it for her medications, and medical stuff. Kept it close at hand inside her coat closet door so she never had to go hunting for it. R.I.P.

On Tuesday, February 21, 2012, Miners_Lady_WV wrote

I have also used these for different things--craft/sewing/scrapbooking, and I have one in my clothes closet. I attached it to the side, and it holds gloves, wallets, umbrellas, rain ponchos, etc. Love 'em!

On Sunday, February 19, 2012, Cathy from Virginia wrote

I have one with different tools - screwdrivers, hammers, baggies of nails, extension cords, and whatever else I need for little touch ups around the house. Definitely gong to borrow some of your ideas too! Thanks for the list. Cathy

On Wednesday, January 4, 2012, shirley wrote

Looking for clear plastic door hanger for gloves, hats,scarves, and anything to see at first glance. Made of strong material, I am looking for acouple of these.

On Thursday, September 15, 2011, Mrs Pleasants from Port Orchard wrote

I am printing this out! Never knew so many ideas!! Thank you! :)

On Wednesday, April 27, 2011, Dana wrote

If you are looking for awesome over the door organizers, go to they rock!

On Thursday, November 11, 2010, momisbestjob wrote

LOVE the travel idea....bathroom bag always gets a mess & stuff gets misplaced! Getting one to put in my travel bag next time I go to the store!

On Wednesday, October 27, 2010, Totally Temberton wrote

GREAT list! Thank you!

On Wednesday, October 27, 2010, valley1526 wrote

In my office, all the cords, wires, connectors, chargers, electronic "stuff" that gets tangled and is hard to keep up with. Pantry: The bags of rice, seasonings, pasta, you name it. My favorite kitchen pantry idea.

On Wednesday, October 27, 2010, Carolee Sperry a.k.a The Blogging Biz Mom wrote

I use one for odds and ends- suppies for girl scouts, tape, glue and more....

On Sunday, October 24, 2010, Susan in Seattle wrote

Love these ideas! I have 2 in my coat closet, one hanging over the door with shoes and one hanging on the wall of closet from nails I had my husband put in for me. I use that one for hats, gloves and mittens. Just can't get enough of them!

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, Lexiquin wrote

I love these ideas!

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, Missy @ Aytgim wrote

Yay! I am definitely going to try and find a cheap place to get these so I can utilize them for a couple of these ideas. Thanks Trisha!

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, Kris from Gig Harbor wrote

Great ideas! Thanks Trish!

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, Kris from Gig Harbor wrote

I love these ideas! I'm going to use the kitchen idea. I love being able to see everything. Thanks Trisha!

On Saturday, October 23, 2010, Jeanie Cullip wrote

I use mine in the cleaning closet for dust pans cleaning supplies, sponges.. etc


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