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If you have a door you seldom close like I do or even if you do close it, you can often find hidden storage places.
I did this today to keep all my crochet thread and ribbon. I love shoe bags and this one is especially good as I can see what is in each pouch. Some are plastic, but flimsy, and others are sturdy, but made of solid fabric. This is the best of both.
With these in here, I now have an empty tub to put in my storage closet for other things, and I just garnered a 4 square foot space on my floor.
Recently, I moved everything home from storage to save $500.00 over the next 12 months. It's been a challenge to find spaces for things, but it's getting done. And if you think I am kidding don't look in the top shelves of all my kitchen cabinets, under my bathroom sink, or under the day bed.
My husband came home from the hospital with an open wound that has to be changed every day. The home nurse ordered all the dressings, tape, saline, and bandages we needed. This will need to be done everyday for about 6 months. It was a huge box of supplies that we had to organize.
I have one in the bathroom for brushes, hair products etc. One in my cellar way for spray paints,poly etc. One in each kids room for whatever they use; hair stuff, cars, crayons, etc. I am working on making my own for my kitchen to hang on stove for spices, utensils, etc. Some of my cans are actually the lumineers I made for a party this summer.
By Moonseekerjade from Onset, MA
When I was a preschool teacher, I would use those fabric shoe holders to organize things in my classroom. Every winter at home, I would constantly misplace my gloves, my scarves, etc.
The shoe organizers that you hang on a door are for more than shoes. I use on in my son's room for socks and underwear.
I bought a shoe holder that I could hang on the back of my office door and instead of putting shoes in it, I use it to organize my photographs.
Another use for those hanging shoe organizers. It seems we could never find both of a pair of gloves now we can see just where they are. Hats and other misc. things are also handy. The organizer is thumbtacked to the door.
Keep a small hanging organizer near the changing area for those everyday baby essentials like diapers, wipes, pacifiers, socks, hats, brush, bows/clips, nail clippers, etc.
I love over the door shoe organizers. They are great for a lot of those electronic gadgets with their manuals. I use to keep them in a drawer, this is so much easier.
Hang and over-the-door shoe organizer in your garage or on/near whatever door you exit. In it, stash all the grab-n-go items you may need - umbrella, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. Everything will be in one place and ready for the road when you are!
You can usually find plastic-pocket type "Shoe" holders at a dollar store. These are made from clear flexible vinyl pockets and are made to hang shoes on the wall or from a hanger in your closet. But you can also use them for many other things besides shoes.
I hung one on the inside of a door near the pantry and use its pockets to keep all my large stash of dry mixes such as gravy mixes, dressings, and chili mixes. It's so handy and easy to pick the gravy mix I want, whether it is turkey gravy or beef. It holds a lot of packets.
I use clear envelope multi-pocket organizers (like shoe organizers) and hang them in the closet and behind the door in my small sewing room. When I need to get a particular craft item, I can easily see it through the clear plastic.
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Plastic over-the-door shoe organizers: seems every time you really look for something, is the time you cannot find it. I have seen these before, at the Dollar General, at the Dollar Tree, and neither is carrying them now, and I refuse to pay a fortune for such a thing. Does anyone know where else I could look to find these on the cheap?
Carrie from Iowa City, IA
I found mine at big lots. I have also seen them at rite aid.
We use the plastic over-the-door shoe organizer for every room. I got my dear husband sold on using them when he could never find the right cord/charger, etc., because they were all tangled in a box. I label the pocket and label the device cord so that when we are finished using them they go right back into their pocket to be found easily. I use the organizer in the bathroom to organized things like personal items (brushes, hair accessories, toothbrush cases, etc.).
I have not been able to find the cheap.. I mean "less expensive" shoe organizers since I have moved to a new city and I just will not pay what BB&B charges for theirs. I went to the Super Goodwill store and purchased several clear heavy duty clear shower curtain liners and a couple of twin flat sheets to match the room decor where the organizer was to go. I cut and hemmed the sheet material and added loops to the top of some and grommets to others. Then I sewed strips of the clear liner across the base fabric from side to side. Next I sewed from bottom to the top creating pockets. I find that if I sew strips of biased tape over the seam from bottom to top, this reinforces the pocket seam.
I decorated some with bias tape on the top edge of the pockets before sewing them to the base fabric. One of the closets does not have a door and I hung a rod on the inside. I used the material to create a fabric curtain to cover the door. I sewed the clear liner to it just like the other organizers and hung it with shower curtain rings. The organizer curtain appears to be a simple curtain, but holds belts, jewelry, and other personal items on the inside. I made a few pillow cases to match the "door curtain" to tie the fabric to the rest of the room.
I bought several two weeks ago at the Dollar Store in NC. Perhaps they will be offered in your dollar store soon.
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Use clear plastic shoe organizers for sewing items. I use one for elastic, one for snaps, one for zippers, etc. Also, for small craft items. (01/06/2005)
Put small stuffed animals or toys in and hang on back of child's bedroom door. (01/06/2005)
I always stored hats, mittens, gloves and scarves in a shoe organizer. Worked great. (01/06/2005)
Hang one on the back of the bathroom door and use it for shampoo bottles, brushes, talcum powder containers, lotion, etc. (01/06/2005)
By Katie A.
My daughters have one that my mother got them to keep Barbies in. We use it in the closet to store seldom used shoes, belts, swimming suits, etc. it hangs so it takes less space then having things on the floor. (01/06/2005)
I am a HUGE fan of shoe pockets. I've been living in tiny rental housing for the past five years or so, which always means tiny bathrooms. I use a shoe pocket on the back of the door for easy storage and access of toiletries. I put my husband's toiletries on the top (he's tall) and mine on the bottom half. Saves on massive clutter on the limited counter space and keeps things organized and easily accessible! (01/07/2005)
Use one on the back of the laundry room door... when you come across an item that hasn't a mate -- sock, mitten, etc -- put it in a pocket until the mate shows up. (01/07/2005)
I teach high school math. I am planning to put one in my classroom to hold the classroom set of TI-82 graphing calculators. The other teachers have specially made calculator holders, but being the new teacher this year, there was not one for me, so I had to get a little creative. (01/08/2005)
Since I like to paint I use one to store my tubes of acrylics and oils in. This way I can pick out the color I need quickly and can also tell at a glance what color or colors I may be running low on and need to pick up at the store. (01/09/2005)
Great if you are going on a cruise as well. With those tiny bathrooms with no shelf space for cosmetics, etc, hang one over the bathroom or closet door. It will hold combs, brushes, cosmetics, medical items, sunblock, and any other little thing you would rather not dig out of a suitcase or drawer. (01/10/2005)
You can use a shoe organizer to organize your dress or special socks. You can see them better in the little sleeves then in a drawer.
You can also use them for jewelry sets or necklaces. Or hair ornaments for a little girl that has a lot of barrettes or bands.
Dana from Maryland (01/10/2005)
When traveling a long ways with a child, bring his shoe bag holder. Hang it over the car window to block sunlight and to store toys in the "pockets"!
By Chell (01/17/2005)
I am always in search of inexpensive and easy ideas for organizing I happened upon hanging a shoe bag on the inside of the bathroom door for hair products, gel, etc, toothcare stuff, wash clothes and extra items it is great. I took it a step further and hung a small shoe bag on the inside of the shower door for soap, shampoo, cream rinse, bath oil, razors and shaving cream great way to clear out clutter and you can check for levels for replacement at a glance.
By Lisa (03/14/2005)
In our K-5 class at school, we organize our dry erase markers by color in small shoe organizers; at center times, we hang the shoe organizer on a hook on the dry erase board and the children can pull colors out to draw on the board and then place them in the correct slot. (03/14/2005)
Shoe organizers can be used in almost any room. They have cute ones that you can use in kids rooms for beanie babies, polly pockets, etc, put desk supplies in, craft supplies, boys can put small cars and lego toys in them. I have a home daycare and keep one in the hall closet for extra clothes, winter wear (for those wonderful children who come in 30 degree weather without a hat), training pants, etc. I also store my dog sweaters, leashes and doggie bandannas in one. I have a scrapbooking room and have one hanging on the closet door with big punches and other things that I do not use on a daily basis.They are great things! Hang one in the garage to hang all sorts of things! (03/14/2005)
I bought a large plastic shoe bag with the large pockets and hung it in the basement. It will hold several small tools, paint brushes etc. Keeps items organized in a small space.
By C. H. (06/06/2005)
When we use to go to our Hawaii condo for a month, I use to hang this in the closet near the bathroom and store all our personal items in it. Easy to see and very convenient.
The Dollar Store carries the clear plastic shoe bags for $1.00! (06/06/2005)
Hi, With all these great ideas, shouldn't we be giving these as Christmas gifts? Our friends will love us if we include some of these great suggested uses! (06/06/2005)
I use it camping to hang on the camper, under the awning to store paper plates, eating utensils, napkins, salt and pepper, matches, bug spray, sunscreen, etc., anything that might be needed on a daily basis. (06/07/2005)
I bought a shoe organizer (from the Dollar store or perhaps Dollar General) and hung in my pantry. I keep Kool-Aid packets, gravy, sauce/seasoning packets, things like that, oh and jello and pudding boxes. Keeps smaller stuff like that much more organized in the pantry. (07/23/2006)