Hanging shoe organizers are abundant in every corner of the world. They're the perfect small space solution, but we think they can be put to use for more than just shoes, or even on the back of your door. We've listed 9 of our favorite ways, see if you have one to add to the list!
1. Sort Mail & Bills: Using the individual pockets as a place to stash away mail, bills, letters or even stationary and office supplies is a great way to keep things organized while still in reach and out of pesky boxes and other traditional office storage.
2. Under Your Bed: Some closets are so small you're lucky if you can get 1 shoe inside, let alone 20 pairs. Try attaching a shoe organizer flat to a piece of board that's been outfitted with wheels. Slide your shoes in like normal and then simply roll out the bag whenever you need to add or subtract to the system. Out of sight and not taking up any closet space!
3. Bathroom Accessories: Even the most low maintenance person still have a few bathroom products to keep track of. Sprays, waxes, lotions and potions are all great in these slender pockets. They can also be a great place to keep rubber bands, bobby pins or even large pins or broaches if you have them.
4. Outdoor Planter: Try poking a few holes in the bottom of each compartment and packing them full of dirt and small plants of your choice. It's a great way to create a living wall without paying the $100+ price tag of living wall systems.
5. Stuffed Animals & Pet Supplies: This one obviously applies more to the parents of the group who are looking for a way to stash kids things, but this can also work for dog toys, clothing, leases or other pet accessories like brushes and collars.
6. The Anti-Dresser: We've lived without a chest-of-drawers for many years now and the one thing we've learned is that doing without, is a-ok. Fold or roll your underpants, bras, socks and other assorted under garments into each pocket. They're not only easy to get to, but easy to put away as well!
7. Utensil Holder: If you aren't looking for the commitment that pegboard brings or aren't into the investment money wise (even if it's small) and cabinet space is non existent, try using one to keep track of things like can openers, sifters, juicers, spatulas and more. You could even run a seam down each pocket to make double room while giving more support.
8. Portable Garage: Digging through drawer after drawer in a tool box to find the right one for the job is always frustrating. Keeping them out and on display without any commitment to other expensive organizational solutions is a great way to go. The pockets are perfect for holding screws, gloves, wrenches, sockets and more!
9. Under Sofa Craft Station: If your sofa has a low profile, try the same idea as above and attaching a shoe organizer to a flat board and making it so it rolls underneath your furniture. Keeping small bits of ribbon, thread, sewing supplies, rolls of felt and paints in this manner is a great way to have them on hand without finding alternative storage solutions elsewhere.
Do you have an idea that isn't listed above?
Make sure to let us know in the comments below!
(Image: The Container Store)