How many ways can you use a shoe organizer?

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The technical side of organizing involves a series of steps:

  • Sort items into groups of the same type of objects
  • Part with items you don’t need, love or use
  • Assign a place for things to be stored
  • Containerize items to keep them together so you know how much you have
  • Evaluate your system and see if it needs some adjustments to work better for you.

S P A C E is used to remember the basic steps of organizing.

For me the fun side of organizing involves thinking outside the box:

  • using old items in new ways
  • rearranging furniture to make a better flow in the room
  • storing items in fun containers

Today I am going to show you 5 ways to use a shoe organizer.

Storing clothing items

  1. Store scarves, hats, gloves or mitts.  The clear pockets make it easy to get out the right things.   In the summer a shoe organizer near the entryway is a good way to store sunglasses, sunscreen and hats.  Always a convenient  place to keep your masks.
  2.  In your closet, you can store belts, scarves, socks, bras, shoelaces anything that you like to easily grab and go.  What clothing items have you stored in a shoe organizer?  Oh, yes shoes.

Use an over the door shoe organizer to store hats, scarves, hair and accessories

Store cleaning supplies for you or the home.

  1. Shoe organizers are a good way to store all your shower needs, shampoo, conditioner, soap etc.  Take what you need into the shower.
  2. They are also great in a laundry room.  Put your cleaning solutions in the pockets, stainer mover, furniture polish, tile cleaner, rug cleaner, spot remover, clothes pegs, lint brush
  3. Make it your home repair center,  picture hanging kits, sewing kits, fuses, light bulbs, small tools, tapes, glue, felt furniture pads.

Use it in your craft room.

  1. The picture show quilt squares.  The pockets can hold paintbrushes, glue sticks, scissors, tape, ribbon, pencil crayons, markers, rulers, paints.  This list is endless.


Use it in your office. 

  1. I took this picture in a book store.  These are maps being stored in a shoe organizer.
  2. You can use it for office supplies, pens, pencils, stapes, business cards, rulers, tape measures, tape, glue, envelopes, cards
  3. You can sort photos into the pockets
  4. It can be an easy place to store your receipts by month or category.

A white shoe organizer with clear pockets hanging on a bookcase with maps in the pockets

What about your plants and gardening items?

  1.  It can hold your plants.
  2. It can hold your gardening supplies, tools, plant food, seeds, insecticides

What is your favourite way to use a shoe organizer? 

A blue and white striped tunnel in the background with Julie Stobbe in the foreground wearing a white blouse.Julie Stobbe is a Trained Professional Organizer and Lifestyle Organizing Coach who brings happiness to homes and organization to offices, in person and virtually. She has been working with clients since 2006 to provide customized organizing solutions to suit their individual needs and situation. She uses her love of physical activity to reduce clutter, in your home and office. She guides and supports you to manage your time. If you’re in a difficult transition Julie can coach you to break-free of emotional clutter constraining you from living life on your terms. Online courses are available to help instruct, coach and support your organizing projects. Get started by downloading Tips for Reorganizing 9 Rooms.

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  1. Janet Barclay on March 4, 2016 at 6:47 am

    What a great article – I’ve seen a lot of ways to use shoe organizers, but many of these are truly unique. I especially like the plant hanger, but I’m sure my cat would climb it and probably destroy all the plants. Maybe on the balcony?

    • Julie Stobbe on March 4, 2016 at 8:01 am

      That is a great suggestion to put it on a balcony. You may need to fasten the bottom down so it won’t be damaged by the wind.

  2. Sabrina Quairoli on February 14, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I love over-the-door organizer things! I very rarely use it for shoes. Lol, thanks for sharing these tips!

    • Julie Stobbe on February 15, 2022 at 10:47 am

      There are so many different over the door organizer to solve almost any problem. The one I use most is over the door hooks.

  3. Seana Turner on February 14, 2022 at 10:58 am

    How about to hold wrapping supplies near the space where you wrap gifts? Ribbon, tape, scissors, bows, tags, etc.

    • Julie Stobbe on February 15, 2022 at 11:06 am

      I have seen people cut the bottom out of a pocket so they can slide longer items through one pocket to the next for wrapping paper rolls.

  4. Linda Samuels on February 14, 2022 at 11:24 am

    Wow! I never thought of using a shoe organizer to sort plants and gardening supplies. That’s so cool. I’ve used shoe organizers for many of the things you suggested. In addition, I’ve used them to organize dolls and small toys and electronic gadgets, cords, and chargers. In the case with the electronics, we labeled the pockets so it was obvious which gadget the accessories belonged to.

    • Julie Stobbe on February 15, 2022 at 11:07 am

      They are very versatile. You can get ones with clear pockets so it is easy to see everything or cloth pockets so there is less visual clutter.

  5. Julie Bestry on February 14, 2022 at 5:42 pm

    You found so many options for one of my favorite all-purpose organizing tools; the other is plastic dishpans for use as drawers under sinks or on shelves. The over-the-door shoe organizer is magical in terms of all it can achieve, as you’ve illustrated.

    I often recommend these kinds of shoe organizers for clients for electronics-related doo-dads, like chargers, computer/printer cables, extension cords, spare batteries, the rechargeable battery charger, extra HDMI and similar TV and audio related cables, and anything related to power or energy. Hanging them on the inside/back of a basement or utility room door, or even the home-office door, ensures they will be handy.

    • Julie Stobbe on February 15, 2022 at 1:31 pm

      Thanks for the good description of how to sort and use a shoe organizer to hold electronics.

  6. Katherine Macey on February 15, 2022 at 9:48 am

    These are such creative ideas! I love how many different applications you’ve thought of here, especially the one about keeping receipts in the office. The ability to use a tool in many different ways means less waste, and I’m all about that! If a client has a shoe rack that they simply don’t enjoy using for shoes, I now have some great suggestions for how to repurpose it. Thanks!

    • Julie Stobbe on February 15, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      I like suggesting repurposing items too. It is nice to save them money and to help the environment.

  7. Diane N Quintana on February 15, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    Fabulous uses for pocket shoe holders. I have used them for 3 of the things you suggest but never for gardening supplies or for paper supplies. I really like the idea of using them for quilting squares and the like.

    • Julie Stobbe on February 16, 2022 at 11:56 am

      It is amazing how versatile they are.

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