One of the best ways to keep a small space organized is to have minimal stuff, but when you have a household of 4 or more, that can be very difficult. For example, trying to keep a closet full of coats, shoes, hats and gloves in a tiny closet for 4 people without constantly decluttering and organizing is almost unheard of. In some older homes, there isn’t even a coat closet to be disorganized, so when I meet with space challenged clients, I am always looking on the inside of doors to see if there is space available to add an over-the-door shoe organizer to help to maximize the space in their home, without adding too much visual clutter.
Over-the-door shoe organizers, sometimes called over-the-door shoe pockets, have a multitude of uses. Don’t limit it to just organizing shoes! If you’re short on space and tired of picking up random small items that seem to have no home; or your kids have a gazillion little toys that get lost in toy boxes, consider an over-the-door shoe pocket organizer. I installed one in each of my teen children’s rooms for some of their toiletries and small miscellaneous items that tend to get lost. It can be a good system for a child who struggles with organization. I recommend picking up the clear pocket organizers. Visually being able to see your stuff will make it easier to stay organized. If you do decide to go with the cloth organizers, add a label on the outside of the pocket so that you’re not always wondering what’s inside each pocket.
Here are 8 ideas and uses for an over-the-door shoe pocket organizer:
- Organize winter accessories: Store the whole family’s gloves, scarves, mittens, knitted hats etc.
- Organize toiletries: Not enough bathroom storage? Keep one in the bathroom to store your hair brushes, lotions, make-up, etc.
- Organize craft supplies: It can be craft supplies for children or adults. Store and organize small craft paints, paint brushes, glue, scrapbooking scissors, trims and ribbons, etc.
- Organize sewing supplies: Use to store a myriad of sewing supplies that can create clutter, including threads, trims, buttons, scissors, sewing patterns, sewing machine supplies, etc.
- Organize small toys, e.g. die cast cars, stuffed animals, Barbie dolls etc.
- Organize tools: Hang over a door, or if it has grommets, attach to a wall and store small tools, nails etc.
- Organize office or homework supplies: Use in your home office to store and organize tape, scissors, stapler, etc. Plus, school supplies, e.g. markers, crayons, colored pencils, calculator.
- Organize gift wrap: Use together with a gift wrap holder to store and organize gift wrap ribbon, scissors, tape and gift tags.
Over-the-door shoe pockets fit on any standard sized door and take only a couple of minutes to install. No tools or handyman required! These organizational wonders are also excellent for homeowners on a budget, since most are priced below $20 and can store and organize almost anything and they also come in a variety of styles and colors. Check with your local discount department store, or shop online for the best selection.