8 clever uses for shoe organisers


We’ve never heard anybody complain about having too much storage space and we could all do with an extra bit of space. These great ideas shared by Pinterest users show how to use shoe organisers to put that slender space behind a door or inside a cupboard to excellent use.

For kid's rooms:

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Even action heroes have to sleep sometimes. Make sure they get back to a sleep station at the end of the day to keep them out of harm’s way for the night. The clear pouches are perfect for other small toys – cars, plastic zoo animals, Lego blocks and more.

Barbie world:

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How’s a girl supposed to keep her hair tidy if she’s just shoved in a cupboard or under a bed. Their size makes the shoe organiser pouches seem custom-made for tucking in 30 cm dolls. The transparent organiser on the right is a better option if clothes are also stored in the pouches. Labels are optional – not all kids take to being quite that organised.

For budding Picassos:

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Everything needed for creative projects all in one place. If you’re storing crayons and other heat-sensitive materials, make sure the holder doesn’t get direct sunlight.

Elsewhere in the home:

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The proliferation of gadgets we use to keep our lives on track come with a wild array of vital bits that are easily lost. If they’re all in one place, and preferably labelled as on the left, everybody should be able to find the right charger or cable they need.

In plain sight:

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Use shoe holders with clear pouches inside a kitchen cupboard door, as on the left, for cleaning products so they’re easy to identify. You can do the same in a bathroom cupboard, or use a bigger holder behind the door as on the right.

It's a wrap:

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Giftwrap that doesn’t have a good place to live ends up mangled and/or dirty. These rolls are unlikely to suffer that fate – the top two pouches were cut to open their bases to accommodate the wrapping paper neatly.

Hanging garden:

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Plant a selection of your favourite herbs in a canvas shoe organiser to keep at hand near the kitchen door.


* Remember the shoe holder will be heavier when it is filled, so if you’re using it for heavy objects (such as the herbs with their soil), make sure it’s securely attached.

* Storage for toys needs to be within your youngsters’ reach – and make sure that toxic items such as cleaning products aren’t!

– Alfie Steyn

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