7 Creative Ways to Use Over-the-Door Shoe Organizers in Your Home

It's important to know when to buy organizing products and what kinds to buy or not to buy. I am featuring over-the-door shoe organizers because they have many more uses than just holding shoes. Once you find out all the ways you can use an over-the-door shoe organizer, decide if it's what you need for your situation.

What are over-the-door shoe organizers for?

Storing shoes

1. Store shoes on a door

The purpose of an over-the-door shoe organizer is to store shoes on a door. 

These are not meant to contain heavy items, and they should not be stuffed as they are typically made of fabric or plastic that will tear. Also, you don't want to fill these with shoes just for the sake of filling them. 

You can contain other items in the other pockets, including scarves and accessories. The best way to use a door shoe organizer is to use a clear organizer on the back of a door where it is less conspicuous. This allows you to see all of your items at a glance but still keep it out of sight when not needed. 

Suppose you cannot hang this in an inconspicuous area in order to prevent a cluttered appearance. In that case, you can streamline labels by inserting them into a clear organizer or attaching them with binder clips to an opaque organizer. 

The following are some unconventional ways to use an over-the-door shoe organizer.

Over-the-door shoe organizer ideas

2. Tool organizer

Some unconventional ways to use a door shoe organizer can be to store tools in a small apartment. 

You will definitely want to use a much sturdier door shoe organizer option, which is probably made of canvas material.  

Other uses for hanging shoe organizers

3. Camera equipment organizer

A lot of us nowadays are using more camera equipment, and these allow you to see each accessory for your electronics and camera equipment at once.  

Alternative uses for hanging shoe organizers

4. Cleaning supplies storage

My favorite suggestion on how to use one of these is to place this on the back of your linen closet door so that you can have a whole other set of cleaning supplies upstairs and not have to worry about lugging a cleaning caddy up and down the stairs. 

You can even designate a specific cloth for a specific cleaner by placing one on top of the other. 

Creative ways to use shoe organizers

5. Shared bathroom toiletries organizer

This can also be great for a shared bathroom, a large family with limited bathrooms, or a college dorm with a shared bathroom. 

You can designate a row or column per person.

Ways to use over-the-door shoe organizers

6. Kitchen prep organizer

You can create a lunch prep or meal prep station in the kitchen with all the little things to prep and package food.  

How to use over-the-door shoe organizers

7. Office station

You can also create an office station to keep things handy, especially if you sort mail or pay bills or complete your kid's school paperwork in the kitchen.  

These are handy for small spaces like apartments or condos with limited storage. 

These are also great for storing a variety of small items vertically that you would like to keep easily visible, like small packaged food items in the pantry or small toy collections in your child's room. 

Don't purchase more door shoe organizers than you need. Again, you will pare down your items to what you need before you purchase any organizing products. This can be a budget-friendly storage option since it is the same as purchasing multiple small containers in one. 

How to use over-the-door shoe organizers

Look around your home and try to figure out what your biggest organizing dilemmas are. You'll know if the use of over-the-door shoe organizers will be a good solution for your spaces. What do you use a door shoe organizer to store? Share in the comments below.

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  • Paula Paula on Feb 14, 2023

    I have underwear, socks, etc. in mine. Puppets in another, Mittens, hats, scarves, sunglasses, maps, behind the cellar door near the back door.

  • Sharon reich Sharon reich on Feb 14, 2023

    We take one on cruises. The rooms are very small, very limited storage. I put one over the bathroom door and hold sundries, teeth cleaning, brush, razors, etc.