Put frequently used items toward the bottom, saving the upper reaches for fixtures, like a clock.
If a constantly disappearing stapler or ruler is the bane of your home-office existence, tie a colorful piece of ribbon to it, designate a hook, and let it dangle.
With a metal pegboard, add magnetic accessories to tack up reminders for meetings or to hold paper clips (or jelly beans, for a p.m. sugar rush).
To control a jumble of wires, consider installing an extra pegboard behind your desk, almost to the floor. Anchor the cords with a row of hooks.
Wall Control EZ Wall Organizer Panels (16 by 32 inches), $45 for a pack of 2 panels. To buy:wallcontrol.com.
Shelf Assembly, $12.50 (16 by 4 inches) or $21 (16 by 9 inches). To buy:wallcontrol.com.
Lipper International See & Store Canister (for paper clips), $10 for a set of 5. To buy:target.com.
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Using Pegboards to Organize Your Closet
Arrange your morning-routine items neatly and visibly to avoid wasting time riffling through drawers and cabinets.
Create a mini–dressing station, with a mirror next to your necklaces, a pocket for moisturizer, and a small shelf for lip gloss, so you can check yourself before stepping out. To give your spirits a lift, display a souvenir from your last vacation.
Hang favorite earrings and other accessories from hooks to keep them from getting tangled.
Place trailing items, such as scarves and belts, on the bottom, so they don't block smaller items, like a collapsible umbrella, up top.
Avoid extra-long pegs in shallow closets. They can catch on hanging clothes.