Note: This post was written in 2011. I have since changed up how I used organizers, but these are still great tips if you want to use these types of organizers in your home! I understand this method is not for everyone. Do what works for you! Now that we have moved into a new house with very little storage space, I’m considering adding a few of these back!
Over the Door Shoe Organizers
I’m not a big fan of clutter. I don’t like how clutter makes me feel! Clutter can make me feel anxious, leaving a nagging feeling of things I still need to clean or organize around my home. I like for everything to have a place in my home! When my house is organized, I feel better and I’m more focused on the important things around me.
For the last few months, clutter has been collecting around my house. After I had children, it got worse! Toys, art supplies, you name it– it was collecting so fast that something had to be done.
I am limited on closet and drawer space in my home so I needed to get creative on ways to make more space in my home for all of the items that “needed a home.” Slowly, I have added over the door shoe organizers on the insides of just about every closet door in my home. I believe in the “out of sight, out of mind.” You don’t ever see any of my clutter until you open up the door. I like to “hide” things for my own peace of mind!
In 2011, I owned 10 over the door door shoe organizers! These over the door shoe organizers range in prices from about $10-$20 a piece and can be found at your retailer and online at Amazon. I prefer the clear plastic organizers, but style and color is completely up to you. The plastic organizers allow you to easily see what’s in each pocket!
See why I love my over the door shoe organizers and how it helps me to stay a bit more organized!
Over the door shoe organizers at Amazon
My Over the Door Shoe Organizers – How I Use Them
Over the door shoe organizers are perfect for art supplies (paint, paint brushes, markers, pens, tape, glitter, googly eyes, stamps, etc).
With kids, the art supplies tend to collect fast. Instead of shoving it all in a drawer or having it take up room, use the over the door shoe organizers to organize your art supplies.
My daughter is old enough now that she can reach the bottom pockets. I keep crayons, marker, dry-erase markers and more at the bottom so that she can use them when she needs them without my help. I keep the paint supplies at the top to avoid any paint disasters!
These organizers are perfect for the pantry. We like to place our snacks and items like granola bars in the pockets at the bottom. This gives us more space in our pantry. We don’t have a medicine cabinet so we keep medicine in the top pockets, out of reach from children.
They are perfect for business supplies and would be perfect for your small business supplies if you have one. I kept my brochures, thank you cards, and other important business supplies in the pockets.
Tools and Household Items
Over the door shoe organizers are great for odds and ends (tools, remotes, batteries, flashlights, small items that I don’t know what to do with, etc.)
I do not like junk drawers. I can’t ever find anything in them when I need it, so this serves as a place for all of the little items that need a home.
The set of tools you see is actually my set of tools (my husband keeps his in the garage) so these tools are always handy for me when I need them.
Over the door shoe organizers are perfect in the baby’s room.
I stored these items below before my baby was born. I keep small blankets, diaper rash cream, socks, small toys, hats, diapers, wipes and more inside the pockets.
Over the door shoe organizers are perfect in the laundry closet.
This may be a bit strange to you, but I am limited on space to fold laundry so I use the top of the washer and dryer for folding.
This organizer is next to me when folding so I fold up our socks, the children’s socks, undergarments, wash cloths, and throw them in there until I am ready to put them away–yes, sometimes I’m lazy.
It also holds the Shout, etc. This gives me more room and space to fold the larger items without the smaller ones being in the way!
Over the door shoe organizers are perfect, well, for shoes! Instead of having my shoes lay all over the floor, this helps them stay organized and helped free up space in my closet to store other items.
Over the door shoe organizers are perfect in kids rooms. I keep one in my daughter’s closet for her shoes.
Small Toys, Etc.
Over the door shoe organizers are perfect for storing small toys for small toys, dress up shoes, hats, sunglasses, figurines, McDonald’s toys in the kids rooms.
As you can see, I love my over the door shoes organizers. I feel that by having these, I have freed up a lot of space in my home, and I can also find things so much easier when I can see them instead of everything being thrown into a drawer or closet.
You can even put these in your garage if you’d like for tools, etc. There are so many ways to use over the door shoe organizers!
How do you use over the door shoe organizers?