A stylish remedy for an overflowing clothes closet, the decorative ladder is especially friendly to heels. Place your shoes sole to sole (as shown) and they’ll stay put. Use high rungs for scarves or men’s ties; you can even dangle some necklaces from the tip-tops, if you like. But don’t overload: The charm comes from showing plenty of ladder, too. Whitewashed teak ladder, $98, serenaandlily.com.
Want a new spin on ladder storage? Hang one horizontally and use it as a display shelf for framed pictures and small objects. You’ll need a ladder with flat side beams (Rustic ladder, $179, potterybarn.com) that’s a consistent width from top to bottom.