Dana McCranie shares a tutorial on repurposing a basic shoe organizer into a family storage center that houses little things that can easily be lost daily.
My husband places the things from his pockets in a little grouping each day when he gets in from work. His keys, cell phone, sunglasses, badge and change live in a cohesive little family. The problem arises when it is time for them to go back to his pockets and off to work the following morning. The group is quite transient, never landing in the same spot from one day to the next. Because we have two children and the mornings are hectic enough already, we needed a solution to gather all the things we fight about losing daily.
I have been really inspired by the ways I’ve seen shoe organizers repurposed. There are several out there, but the one example that got me motivated was from Better Homes & Gardens.
- Transparent shoe pocket organizer
- Decorative paper pack
- Thin cardboard for the chalkboard labels
- Chalkboard paint
- Sponge brush
- Sticky strip tape or mini-glue dots
- Paper cutter or scissors
Project Difficulty: Easy
Time Needed: 2-3 hours
Step 1: Measure your shoe pockets. I cut the paper to fill the entire slot and then added the chalkboard label pieces at the end.
My measurements were as follows:
24 decorative paper strips: 9 3/4″ x 4″
24 chalkboard strips: 1 1/2″ x 4″
Step 2: Cut the paper strips and set them aside. Now you will need something to use for the chalkboard labels. You can paint any type of thin cardboard for this. I wouldn’t use anything too thin because it will curl when you apply the paint. I used the back side of the cover from my paper pack.
Step 3: Apply the sticky strip tape or glue dots to the backs of the labels. I recommend covering the corners and the middle to get the best hold. Apply labels to the decorative paper.
Step 4: Prepare the chalk strips by rubbing them with chalk and erasing them before you label them. Take some chalk and label your slots. We have four family members so I decided to assign each family member their own row. We use the extra spaces for the things that belong to us all.
Step 5: Place the papers into their slots and add your items to be organized. You may decide to attach the papers to the organizer with the glue dots if you don’t want them to move around. I left mine loose so I could change the design from time to time.
Step 6: After you use the organizer for a day or so, you’ll probably re-label the pockets. This is especially true if you have a 2-year-old and your original placement had scissors and the iPod on the bottom row.