This has worked splendidly for my family for the past few years, so I want to share it!
In my last home I had a really small pantry, but don’t get me wrong, I was grateful to at least have a pantry. It was my first pantry and it was awesome to have one. Anyway, one of my favorite ways to utilize that space better was to use an over-the-door shoe organizer for any small individually wrapped items, especially snacks.
I loved it so much that I took it with me to my current house. I currently have a wonderful corner pantry, but I still love this organization method because it is so convenient and easy. My kids love it too. They easily see what they can choose for a snack. Like I said, this has been great for my family, but I can see how some kids might need to learn some snack discipline with so much within reach and easy to see.
I don’t want to damage my door frame or door, so I have some utility Command hooks to hold the organizer on the door. Each of these hooks is supposed to hold about 5 pounds, so I figure I should be good at up to 15 pounds. The Command hooks have worked out perfectly so far!
Coat Closet Organization
This year, I took this idea a step further. I purchased another over-the-door shoe organizer and some more hooks (I used small wire hooks for this one) and attached it to the inside of my coat closet door.
Now we can miraculously find our hats and gloves quickly! And we discovered that we have a lot more hats and gloves than we thought.
You can assign and label a row or a few pockets to family individuals, or not. Then when the season is over, fill the pockets with other seasonal items. Or just remove the organizer from the hooks and roll it on up with the items inside the pockets, stash it away for next year. Love it!
The Command hooks are easy to remove, if desired. Or you can just use the over-the-door hardware that comes with the organizer. You can find over-the-door shoe organizers at many stores. I like the clear pockets so I can see what is in there. I’ve also seen people use these organizers for cleaning products!
Another great thing about these organizers is that they are not too expensive. It is easy to find one for less than $10 and they will last for years.
- Mainstays 24-Pocket Over-the-Door Organizer $5.87
- Imperial Over-the-Door 24-Pocket Shoe Organizer $9.99