The Hiding Storage Space in Every Room of Your House

by Tina ~ October 29th, 2015.

I talk to a lot of people about their clutter, and one of the top excuses I hear is “My house is too small.”

You probably don’t have one of the largest houses in Toronto, but I’m going to tell you about a secret weapon that will increase your storage space even if you live in Toronto’s smallest house!

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Unless you have no doors whatsoever, you have at least five feet of storage space in just about every room of your house! You can access this hidden storage space simply by hanging shoe organizers on the back of the door.

I hear you saying, “But Tina, I don’t have that many shoes!”

That’s okay. Shoe organizers are great for shoes – that’s what they were designed for after all – but you can use them to create storage space and corral all kinds of smaller items. Here are a few ideas:


  • Scarves, mittens, hats and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Flashlights
  • Spare keys

Home Office

  • School and office supplies
  • Electronics cords and chargers
  • Bills and other mail


  • Purses, belts, socks and ties
  • Jewelry and hair accessories
  • Socks and underwear
  • Baby outfits and accessories
  • Lint brush, shoe polish and extra shoelaces


  • Art and craft supplies
  • Stuffed animals and other small toys


  • Toiletries, makeup and other personal products
  • Blow dryer, curling iron


  • Water bottles
  • Snack foods
  • Utensils and cookie cutters
  • Cloth napkins, birthday candles

Garage / Laundry Room / Utility Room

  • Tools
  • Cleaning products and rags
  • Pet supplies
  • Gardening gloves
  • Batteries


  • Herb or strawberry plants

That’s more than a few, isn’t it? I guess you can tell why shoe organizers are one of my absolute favourite tools for creating space around the home.

To see some of these ideas in action and for more inspiration, please check out my Pinterest Board Things to Do With Shoe Organizers.
Follow Tina Blazer’s board Things to do with shoe organizers on Pinterest.

Are you also a fan of shoe organizers? How do you like to use them?

Photo courtesy of Daryl Mitchell, used under a Creative Commons license.

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