Here's five surprising ways to use hanging shoe organizers, none of which involve shoes.
Hanging shoe organizers are a great way to create extra storage in a home. They can be hung on almost any flat vertical space, they are relatively flat so they can fit in otherwise unusable spaces like behind doors, and they have numerous pockets that can help keep small items sorted. While they are obviously great for organizing shoes, they are also incredibly useful for organizing other items around the house. Here are a few examples of ways to use hanging shoe organizers around your home.
Outdoor Accessories and Winter Gear
One of my favorite ways to use hanging shoe organizers is for outdoor accessories. Hanging shoe organizers are one of the most cost effective, efficient ways I’ve found to organize the chaos of all the small items that families need to be able to grab on the way to the car each morning—like scarves, hats, mittens, visors, and other outdoor items are small and can get lost if they aren’t contained. Most times these items are kept in baskets and bins, but that means that their owner usually needs to do a decent amount of digging to find them when they are needed. If that owner is a small child, it’s almost guaranteed that a mess will come from his foraging though baskets full of small stuff.
You can make it easy for all family members to find their outdoor accessories by keeping them in individual pockets of a hanging shoe organizer. When I’ve helped friends and clients organize their mud rooms and entryways, I usually hang one organizer per two people and then assign a few rows of pockets for each person. By putting one scarf, one pair of mittens, or one hat in each pocket, they can easily be grabbed when you are rushing out the door and replaced when you return at the end of the day.
An added bonus with these organizers is that they can be filled with seasonal items and easily moved to a less accessible area when they are out of season. You don’t need to have your winter hats available in July, but you do need visors, sunglasses, and sunscreen. By having only one season’s items in each organizer, you can quickly and easily move the out of season organizer to the basement, storage closet, or another more out of the way wall and swap in the current season.
If you’re one of those people who loves to buy and try new cleaning sprays and supplies, you may want to consider moving them from under your sink to a hanging shoe organizer. The pockets on the hanging organizer are great for storing bottles of almost any size in an easy to reach place. Keep sprays in higher pockets to keep them out of reach of little ones, and then use the lower pockets for rags, sponges, scrapers, and other cleaning supplies. This is a great organizing option to keep on the back of a laundry room door. It will be out of the way and out of sight, but still easily accessible when you need to grab a spray to clean up a mess.