Shoe organizers now come in almost as many varieties and styles as shoes do. There are so many different kinds of shoe racks, shoe cubbies, underbed shoe chests, stackable shoe drawers, hanging shoe shelves, acrylic shoe boxes….the options can almost make your head spin.
To save you time (and space), I’ve narrowed the list down to focus on only the most space-efficient types of shoe organizers:
- Over-the-door shoe racks are designed to hang on hinged closet or bedroom doors, and feature shelves or compartments sized to hold multiple pairs of shoes. They’re great for keeping shoes off the floor and making footwear easy to see at a glance (and also easy to access). This type of shoe storage system comes in a wide variety of configurations and materials. For example, the steel and plastic 36-Pair Over the Door Shoe Rack has 12 tiers that are each able to hold up to three pairs of shoes; its two over-the-door hanging hooks make it simple to hang the rack on any door measuring a maximum of 1-1/2 inches thick. If you have fewer than 36 pairs of shoes, there are other racks that hold anywhere from 18 to 30 pairs.
- Revolving shoe racks are freestanding yet have a small footprint (no puns intended)–they only take up about one square foot of floor space. Each of the tiers rotate individually and can be adjusted up or down the pole to accommodate different sizes of shoes.
- Under-bed shoe storage is best for shoes that aren’t used frequently, since they’re not as easily accessible as shoe racks. But this type of shoe storage lets you utilize your under-bed area while keeping dust bunnies out. One good choice is the Under Bed Shoe Organizer–it features a dust-defying clear zippered lid, 16 compartments (for storing up to 16 pairs of shoes) and a handle on one end so you can pull it out like a drawer. A smaller but more deluxe version with cedar inserts is also available.
Is “get organized” at the top of your New Year’s resolutions list? Even if it isn’t, you probably have at least one shelf that seems to defy your best efforts to keep it in order. Shelves–whether in closets, kitchen, pantry or bathroom–are notorious clutter magnets, attracting piles of supplies and mounds of materials.
To the rescue comes a specialized type of organizing option: shelf organizers. Here are three categories of inexpensive yet highly effective shelf organizers that don’t require any installation:
- Cabinet shelf organizers (aka shelf doublers) offer an easy way to maximize horizontal shelf space by utilizing vertical space. Different styles are available for closet shelves, kitchen cupboards, pantries and bathroom cabinets. Some are stackable, others are expandable, but all are designed to at least double the available shelf space.
- Under-shelf organizers allow you to utilize the wasted space directly underneath a shelf to store small or flat items, in a basket or rack with “arms” that slide onto the shelf. This provides easily viewable and highly accessible storage for various supplies that might otherwise be hard to see or reach (and therefore tend to get misplaced or forgotten).
- Shelf dividers are essential for dividing and conquering closet clutter sources such as purses or stacks of folded shirts, sweaters and towels. This simple organizing option can transform messy-looking piles into tidy towers of organization. Shelf dividers are available in a wide variety of sizes and materials to work with all different types of shelving.
It’s that time of year when it seems like half the country is moving into dorms and the other half is helping them–or at least advising them on how to organize the often less-than-spacious accommodations.
In most dorm rooms the only over-sized furnishing is the bed. Dorm beds are usually 80 inches long, about six inches longer than a standard twin. You can put that extra half-foot to work by using these dorm-friendly storage solutions:
- The Storage Pod Bed Riser Set maximizes under-bed storage space via two separate functions, utilizing four bed risers and a multi-compartment storage pod. The bed risers raise a bed six inches so you can store more stuff underneath, while the pod, which attaches to any of the risers, has a large compartment for notebooks, books and papers as well as smaller compartments with slits to accommodate chargers and cables. The pod is cleverly designed to spin 360 degrees for easy access to whatever you put in it–keys, remotes, cell phones, snacks, magazines, etc.
- Under-bed storage drawers are another way to make the most of the space down under while also keeping stored items dust-free. The Iris Stackable Under Bed Storage Drawer features a low 6-1/2 inch high frame enclosing a clear removable drawer; if you use bed risers you may be able to stack two drawers and create a mini dresser under your bed.
- The Bed Caddy is like a condensed nightstand that hangs from the side of your bed, with a tissue holder and six pockets in various sizes for storing almost anything you like to keep close at hand. Dorm beds are long enough to allow you to comfortably fit more than one bed caddy along the bedside.