I am a clutter phobe. I do not like things thrown around here and there and everywhere. I like to have everything in a specific place, so that I know exactly where to find it. I am also not a fan of little toys and knick knacks that have “no real home” in my home. These are things that my daughter likes to play with: bouncy balls, McDonald’s toys, sunglasses, play phones, Disney figurines, and more. These also include art supplies and items that you may find in a junk drawer. Every now and then, I admit to not keeping everything in its place–but give me some time one day to set aside just for organizing and you can be sure I will try my best to tackle the “junk” and make sure that the majority of these items have a home.
I also try my best to give my home more “storage” than it has right now. We are limited on space in some areas so I do my best to maximize that space and find “hidden ways” to create more space for items.
Recently, I purchased a few over the door hanging shoe organizers for my home. You can find them in different styles. I prefer the ones that are clear or mesh–so that you can see through each pocket. I also have a canvas one. The prices are decent, depending on which style you get (and where you get them). I purchased mine at Target and Walmart.
I own four of them currently but have even considered purchasing more for just about every door in our house! I say that because they are just simply wonderful: you can do so many things with them including organizing spices and medicine. I would like to hang one in my garage also on the side door to place stray tools, gardening gloves, seed packets and other odds and ends.
See how I use over the door shoe organizers in my own home!
Three of these over the door shoe organizers are in my daughter’s room. I bet you can guess why! There are toys galore in her room and it is frustrating to find a place for all of the small ones. I could throw them all in a bin somewhere, but that takes up more space and she doesn’t like to dig around for them.
One of the organizers is for small toys. I try to keep the items low so that my daughter can reach them. She uses her step stool to reach items that are higher. You can see on the other door that I have a metal hanger for bags and other hanging items.
The second organizer is for shoes. This organizer is on the other side of the door from the organizer with the small toys! So, I have two over the door shoe organizers on one door!
The third organizer is on the other closet door (on the inside also) for hats, gloves, and other odds and ends. This one is mostly empty right now with a few items at the bottom. I am pretty sure it won’t take long to find items to place in there! You can also see that I have another hanging organizer in her closet to the right for her clothes for school for each day of the week (LOVE that organizer also!):
Before I take you out of my daughter’s room and to the art closet, I’d like to show you other ways in which to save space. I have two storage bins that roll out from under her bed that include her dress up clothes, feather boas, aprons, hats, play shoes, jewelry, etc. This is just one other way of trying to find “extra storage” for all of the toys that she currently owns! I also made her two ribbon hangers for her wall for her hair bows.
Back to the shoe organizers! I also have a shoe organizer in our art/storage closet near our living room. I LOVE this one–it gives me more room in the closet for other items while the art supplies are hanging on the door (paints, glitter, markers, glue, tape, and more). I place the items that I don’t want my daughter to reach towards the top.
Again, I currently own four over the door shoe organizers and I wouldn’t be surprised if I head out and purchase more for other rooms in my house. If you are considering finding ways to keep small items in your home organized a little easier, this is a GREAT way to do it.
Do you currently use over the door shoe organizers? Tell us about how you use them in your home!