New Haven (WTNH) - Organizing expert Lisa Lelas from
Guilford stopped by this morning to show us how you can get
organized without breaking the bank by using a simple shoe bag.
Lisa also told us about a book-signing event she is having on
Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. till noon at the
Lifestyle Store in Guilford, featuring her new children's book,
A to Z."
The following shoe bag organizing tips were provided by
You don't have to spend a lot to keep many daily household items
in order. Consider an over-the-door style shoe bag with clear or
canvas pockets. You may already have one hanging on your closet
door. Well, these simple organizers are not just for holding shoes
- S OCKS. Don't just use shoe bags for shoes; these
make great pockets for storing kid's socks. Easy to see and easy
to grab. Great for pantyhose too!
- BATHROOM TOILETRIES. Not enough room in your
bathroom for all of your stuff? Use the shoe bag for shampoos,
soaps, lotions, often used medications, Band-Aids, tissues, bath
toys and wash cloths.
- TEEN BATHROOMS. Especially for the girls in your
family, consider hanging a shoe bag in their bathroom to contain
hair bows, ribbons, barrettes, scrunchies, blow dryer, hair gels,
sparkly stuff, make-up, hair brushes, and more.
- LAUNDRY ROOM. The stuff that always falls off
the shelf fits great in pockets. Also great for things you find
in the laundry like coins and buttons. Put in your stain sticks,
dryer sheets, scrapers, and any other utility room items such as
rubber gloves, scrubbers, scissors, etc.
- CRAFT ROOM/CLOSET. If you don't have too much
craft stuff, this will work fine for you. Use it for glue sticks
and crafty items such as pom-poms, feathers, etc. Also a place to
store the staple gun, paint brushes, fabric paints, hot glue gun,
crayons, markers, and more.
- ENTRYWAY. In the hall closet, this makes a great
place for storing hats, gloves and scarves. Even mini tissue
packets, lip balms and other items you sometimes grab to go.
- ELECTRONIC GADGETS. Keep track of CD players,
MP3 players, digital camera, binoculars, Ipod, cell phones, cords
and chargers in a clear pocket shoe-bag. Each gets it's own
pocket so it won't get tangled up the others.
- PANTRY. Hang a shoe bag on the inside door for
extra packets of dressings and food items. Also works great for
storing spices and mini kitchen gadgets, such as stick-blenders,
measuring spoons, pizza cutter, etc.
- TOYS. A shoe bag is great to keep in a playroom
or on the inside of every child's closet door, to hold match-box
cars, Webkinz animals, Barbie clothes, fast food toys and even
- JUNK DRAWER. If you don't have an extra drawer
for the items you need in and around the kitchen, try using a
clear pocket shoe-bag. Designate pockets for batteries, stamps,
rubber bands, tools, tape, pens/pencils, note pads, coins,
paperclips, and more.