21 January 2007

Over-the-door shoe organizer as small toy collector

Louise's foot-saving brainstorm:

I hung an over the door shoe organizer with pockets on the room side of the closet door in my boys' room to collect all the odds and ends that have no other home, but can't be thrown out or are too small to warrant a box of their own. My boys also like storing their stuffed animals and their current Lego creations there. They can find what they need and I'm not stepping on the superheroes, kazoos, and rock collections.  Everyone's happy!

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I got this tip a few years ago from Real Simple magazine (they are always touting this one!) and have been doing this for years. - I now have over-the-door shoe holders in the bathroom, bedroom, playroom, even closet door in our foyer. Very handy for every area of the house!

I'm working on re-organzing my daughter's room for when the new baby joins her there in a few months. This would work great for things like socks and tights and other little accessories that I won't have room for in the drawers any more once I add the new baby's clothes.

I've got one on the never-used outside door of the family-room. We lost a bit of light from the window there, but the de-clutter effect was well worth the sacrifice!

I too have one of these VERY useful "shoe" organizers, however I've used mine to hold all of Charlie's blankets. I simply fold them in half lengthwise twice and then roll them up. Once rolled, they tuck right into the compartments. It has come in SO handy as we found that blankets take up far too much room in his dresser.

http://www.stacksandstacks.com has one with different-sized pockets; very handy in our coat closet for blankets, hats, gloves, galoshes, etc...

WOW, what a great idea! I have one I was about to toss out but now I'm popping it up on my daughter's doorway. Thank you!

I have one on the back of my daughter's bedroom door to hold Barbie dolls after I stepped on one last year.

I am a big fan of over-the-door products aside from the over-the-door ironing board, which didn't work for us. (What did work for us is the tabletop Polder Reversible Ironing Board, which runs around $40 at Target stores.)

I also thought this was a great idea, and I was able to find my daughters personalized over the door doll holders, but the company discontinued making them after Christmas. Thier name gave it a personal touch vice it just being a shoe holder with dolls in it, so I have decided to make them myself.

Those see through shoe organizers are also handy for storing small tools in the garage.

I just posted on my blog about the Parent Hacks website in general, and "Getting Organized" series in particular:

http://zenhabits.blogspot.com/2007/01/parent-hacks-getting-organized.html

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