Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Baskets Are At It Again !

I just can't help myself - I like love to hang baskets.  I like the simple look of it.  I like how practical baskets can be.  When we first moved in to our house, I stuck this little basket on the inside of our closet to hold random things - keys, gloves, etc.  It eventually became a holding place for our my sandals and flip flops:

The current basket is obviously WAY to small to hold the shoes (Did I mention I like shoes too !).  The basket has a little hoop on the top which is hanging on a picture hanger.  

The shoes were too heavy and they were starting to make the basket fall to the floor. Either I get rid of the shoes, or get a larger basket - I'm sure we all know the answer to that dilemma.  

So I started thinking about what I could do to hang a bigger basket - more nails, Command hooks, etc.  Then I thought about my bathroom baskets and this random IKEA towel rod I had lying around.  BINGO!

I got the basket from Target, the rod from IKEA, and the ribbon from my scrapbooking stuff. (You could, as one of my readers suggested, use S hooks or something else instead to connect the basket to the rod)

The rod required some minor assembly, as all IKEA stuff does, but nothing too difficult.  Then I placed the rod where I wanted it to go (leveling it and making sure it didn't interfere with the door handle), traced the holes where the screws would go, drilled some holes, and screwed in the screws.

I needed a "That was Easy" button from Staples for that one.

After the rod was fastened to the door, I just had to add the basket.  I pushed the ribbon through the basket and tied it around the rod to attach it.  

Voila - another hanging, functional basket !  And there is still room to spare for more shoes.  I think I might make the ribbon a bit longer so that the basket is more flush with the door, but for now, it works.

As a side note, I thought I'd share the other shoe holding piece in our closet.  When we moved in last year, we got this right away…from IKEA, of course.  It's called TRONES and it fits PERFECTLY in our closet.

It's functional and is completely out of the way for coats and other things in the closet.  It only holds about four pairs of adult shoes, but that is better than having them piled up on the floor somewhere.  Plus it's fairly cheap, at about $40 for three of them.

These are just two of the ways that I try to keep shoes from being piled up on the floor.  I'm sure one day when we have kids, I'll have to shuffle stuff around and find another way to store our shoes, but this works for now!

What ideas do you have to store your family's shoes?

Now you can Do It Yourself Too !


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