In Praise of Clear Plastic Shoe Boxes
One of my favorite organizing supplies is the clear plastic shoe box. I could probably count 20 uses for them in my own home. Oddly enough, only one of them (a larger boot-size box) contains actual out-of-season shoes. Mine are more likely to contain office supplies, light bulbs, small tools, vitamins, and such. I use them on shelves, inside drawers, and underneath sinks. The only rooms that don’t have any shoe boxes are the living room and dining room, which are more for relaxing and entertaining than they are for storage.15+ ways to use clear plastic shoe boxes (besides for shoes)! Click To Tweet
Top 5 Reasons why I like them:
- They are clear. You can see what’s inside.
- They are large enough to corral several items, but small enough to move around and handle easily.
- They provide a limit to categories of stuff that you only really need so much of anyway.
- They stack if you use the lids — OR — they act as little drawers on shelves, or as drawer dividers, if you leave the lids off.
- They are cheap. Usually $1-3, depending, of course, on where you shop. I like Sterilite brand 6 oz and 16 oz boxes because they are readily available where I live.
- Bathroom – categorize cosmetics, medicines, dental supplies (etc.) under the sink
- Freezer – separate meat from veggies (etc.) so you can see what you have and what you need
- Fridge – corral snack items and sandwich fixings (easier to bring out the whole box than individual items)
- Pantry – pasta, beans, rice, small packets of spices, granola bars (all in separate boxes, you understand)
- Kitchen – whatever small items you really need every day and that normally clutter your counter top; also under the sink to corral cleaning supplies and pull them out easily
- Utility — spare light bulbs and batteries
- Pets — treats, toys and leashes (separate boxes, unless you don’t treat or play much, I guess)
- Crafts – art supplies, sewing notions (the possibilities are endless)
- Kids Room – small toys, kits with many small pieces, craft supplies
- Dresser – use them to separate socks from undies in a deep drawer
- Exercise – contain hand weights or exercise bands next to your bench or floor mat
- Office – categorize supplies on shelves or in a deep drawer
- Guest Room – travel sized soaps, shampoos, and other toiletries
- Garage and Shed – small tools, gardening supplies, bird seed, insect repellent
- Closet — contain folded clothing and accessories on shelf above closet rod
I took photos of most of these applications and then realized they all looked pretty much the same. So I spared you and only included a few.
What have you used shoe boxes for…besides shoes, of course…?
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