The Extremely Organized Life of the Plastic Shoe Box

First and foremost, the most perfect use for a plastic shoe box is for shoes.  Although there are many, many other ideas for them, storing your shoes is the best! These  handy containers help your closet stay organized.  They are not that expensive to pick up, in fact you can purchase them at your local dollar store.  To make these handy containers even better, you can add a label, or even a picture would be nice.  I promise this will help you free up valuable time you are wasting in the morning searching for the perfect shoes for your perfect outfit.

Even though shoe storage seems to be the best use, I have come up with some more great ideas for organizing your stuff below!

Let’s get started with your craft room, I am sure it could use some organizing tips? Well, these boxes are great items to add to your craft room for any crafting supplies.

  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Crochet Needles
  • Thread
  • Small Swatches of Material
  • Rubber Stamps and Ink

These are just a few of the many ways to use these Plastic Shoe Boxes in your craft room.

For you men, or women, the garage is a place that is often neglected.  It is only neglected because it isn’t usually a space that people see all the time.  You only realize it needs organized when you have to visit the garage to find something… and guess what? You can’t! These plastic shoe boxes, are durable and easy to clean if they get oil and grime on them.

  • Nuts and Bolts
  • Screws
  • Tapes
  • Hunting Supplies
  • Nails
  • Small Tools
  • Hand Warmers
  • Light Bulbs
  • Washers
  • Drill Bits
  • Work Gloves

I would get a nice sturdy metal shelving unit and stack these. Put some labels on them and they are done! Getting the garage organized is just as important as any other room in the house! You want to be able to walk out there and know exactly where something is you are looking for.  Who wants to waste a whole afternoon looking instead of doing something productive?

Playrooms or Kid Spaces are a great place to put these babies to work! Can you imagine all the small toys having their own specific home? Well it is possible!

  • Lego’s
  • Barbie Clothes
  • Barbie Accessories
  • American Girl Accessories
  • Blocks
  • Cars
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Stickers

These are enough ideas to get you started.  It really depends what toys the kiddos are playing with.  I do know that there are way too many small toys that get stepped on, so this would be a great place to store them!

In the bathroom is another great place to use the Plastic Shoe Boxes.  If your bathroom is anything like ours, it is small and not much space.  This gives you a way to put individual items in them and keep them organized and stacked. In return, you won’t feel as crammed in there when visiting.

  • Travel soaps & shampoos
  • Razors
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton Balls
  • Hair accessories
  • Bathtub toys
  • Extra toothbrushes
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Make-up

It really depends what all you are storing in your bathroom.  Some people have a vanity that they sit at to get ready of a morning, and some get ready in the bathroom.  You will just have to assess your space and see what you need to organize.

The pantry is a great place for these also.  There are usually smaller items that you chase all over the pantry, and they fall behind something bigger, so you buy more…

  • Spice packets
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Snacks

You can fit just about all of your smaller items inside, divide them into categories and you have an organized pantry!

For your closets, these work wonderful for other items besides shoes.  It is a great way to keep your closet looking organized, and also to free up some drawer space.

  • Bandanas
  • Headbands
  • Swim Suits
  • Wallets
  • Coin Purses
  • Scarves
  • Hose
  • Winter Hats and Gloves

These would be items you don’t necessarily wear on a daily basis.  But they would be easily accessible.

In my office supply closet I like to use these to keep things together.  I have a wire shelf in there and these fit about 3-4 stacked high and about the same across.  I put all kinds of things to store in them.

  • Post its
  • Paper Clips
  • Small Notepads
  • Highlighters
  • Rubber Band’s
  • Labels
  • Small envelopes
  • Tape

It makes your work day run so much smoother when you are organized.  Nothing stresses me out more than having to search for something.  I want to be able to go to work and get started.

All of these ideas are a great start to help you with organizing. I would definitely label anything I put in them.  I would also look into purchasing labels that match each other or match the room you are using them in.  It just gives it a cleaner look.

For more Cheap Organizing Ideas, head on over here!

Good Luck! And Happy Organizing!





  1. Debabrati says:

    Great thought. Very nice post. Keep it up..thanks for sharing.

    1. says:

      Thank you!

  2. Helene says:

    Wow, so many awesome uses for plastic shoe boxes! I’ll definitely keep these in mind for when I next organise something:) thanks for sharing!

    1. says:

      Thank you!

  3. I enjoyed reading this. Actually every your post is so interesting!

    1. says:

      Thank you Courtney!

    2. says:

      Thank you!

  4. Emely Roman says:

    What a wonderful idea! My mother actually does this in her closet.

    1. says:

      Thank you!

  5. Lovely ideas, appeals to my creative side, thanks for sharing 😊

    1. says:

      Thank you!

  6. You are right, SO many things you can use these for! I use them pretty much everywhere. I can generally see what’s in them, but if I need to label them, I either use removable handwritten labels, or print a label from my label machine if I need something longer-lasting.

  7. Nicole says:

    Thanks, for the great tips to be organised!

  8. Wow this is so brilliant! I really need this because we really have a lot of shoes. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Megan says:

    Love this so mich! Thanks!

    1. says:

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!

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