Shoe Bags: Not Just for Footwear | Reader's Digest

Shoe Bags: Not Just for Footwear

Discover unusual ways you can use shoe bags to get more organized.

from Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Sometimes you just have to look at something a different way to realize how useful it can be. A shoe bag, whether it’s a traditional flat type with pockets or a more modern type with compartments, makes an outstanding organizer — and not just for shoes.

In your mudroom or front closet

Hang a shoe bag to keep gloves and mittens handy and together — and scarves, earmuffs, and knitted hats ready to go. In your office, hang one near your desk for scissors; staples and staplers; pens, pencils and markers; hole punches; envelopes both large and small; or even bills in date order.

In a utility closet or room

Tuck sponges, scrub brushes, old toothbrushes for cleaning tight corners, spray bottles, and cleaning clothes separated by use.

In the bathroom

A bag on the door is invaluable (particularly for teenagers) to hold brushes, hair-grooming products, curling irons, hair dryers, sunscreen, lotions, shaving cream, and even makeup.

In your own closet

Add an extra bag to keep all your accessories, like scarves, belts, small purses, ties, socks or stockings — even lingerie — neatly stored and easy to find.

In a child’s room

Display small stuffed animals, dolls, plastic dinosaurs, or any other smaller collection of toys in a clear plastic shoe bag.

For a long car trip with children

Either find a small shoe bag or cut down a larger one and hang it on the back of the front car seats to give your kids in the backseat easy access to toys, games, audio equipment and disks, art supplies, and maybe a water bottle and snacks.