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Honey-Can-Do Over The Door Clear Shoe Organizer from Target.
Image courtesy of: Target

I can’t be the only person who doesn’t like to use “over-the-door shoe organizers” for shoes! While shoe racks like the one to the left from Target may be great for organizing flats or sandals (even though they tend to get squished), I personally don’t think it’s aesthetically pleasing to see all my (potentially dirty and smelly) shoes staring me straight in the face and five feet tall.

The term “life hack” has become popular as of late. You know, they are the pictures you see on Facebook or Pinterest that make you slap yourself on the forehead and say, “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that?!” Well, I came across the following life hack and did exactly that. If you have a laundry room, pantry, or storage closet, using the over-the-door shoe organizer to organize your cleaning supplies is genius!

Shoe organizer repurposed for cleaning supplies

Shoe organizer repurposed for cleaning supplies.
Image courtesy of: Google

What a great way to store your 409, Windex, Comet, Lysol and Clorox wipes! They are clean, separated, visible, and easily accessible. Since shoe organizers typically come in plastic fabric, it is able to stretch to fit odd shaped bottles. It’s also a great way to keep potentially toxic cleaning products away from small children.

The shoe organizer isn’t limited to cleaning supplies, either! Here are some other ideas:

  • Store your kids arts and crafts supplies
  • If you are a knitter, keep your rolls of yarn tidy
  • Reusable water/drink bottles
  • Separate pantry items, like soup packets and pasta jars

Extra tip! I would even suggest taking it up a notch by labeling each pocket. It’s a great way to teach your children (or even other adults in your home) to put things back where they belong after you’re done using them.

Obviously, this over the door organizer only works if you actually have a door. This may be difficult for someone like me who lives in an apartment with no laundry room or hallway closet. What do you do in this case? I suggest running over to your nearest Ross, Marshall’s, Kohl’s, or TJ Maxx where I found these smaller “over the cabinet” organizers. I bought mine at Ross for only $6.99 each!

My "over the cabinet" storage for cleaning products at home.

My “over the cabinet” storage for cleaning products at home.

Here is a similar one on amazon. It’s a great way to keep your most used cleaning supplies close to you. They are a great size, fitting your typical rectangular bottles as well as round ones. I even have extra space behind for some sponges or gloves. Every time something spills on my kitchen counter, all I have to do is open the cabinet under the sink and voilà!

– Jiliane

P.S. You won’t have to worry about keeping cleaning products far away from your children if they’re non-toxic like my favorite ones from The Honest Company!

August 1, 2014

Jiliane Patriarca

Jiliane is the founder of The Organization Organization, a San Francisco-Bay Area based professional organizing company. After years of working in a variety of industries (food service, health care, financial planning, and communication), she realized that she had gravitated towards the same thing at every single job… organizing! Now she uses her super-powers to help people feel less stressed and cluttered, by transforming their space. It’s her mission to help people become more efficient and productive, so that they can have more time to do the things that make them happy.

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    July 31, 2014

    Great tip!
    I have been wondering about Honest, do you find that their products clean as good as traditional cleaning products? Some “green” brand seem to lose that “umph” that I am used to. Looking forward to more blogs.