Take the Floor
Get Your Kicks in Cubbies
A closet carpeted with shoes is a nightmare to navigate—and an invitation for dust bunnies. Reclaim that real estate with a modular shoe rack (try ClosetMaid 15-cube laminate organizer, $50, amazon.com) stocked with the footwear that you use most often: ballet flats for grocery runs, sneakers for walks with the dog. Dress shoes should live in the bedroom with the full-length mirror and the work clothes.
Contain Their Enthusiasm
In an ideal world, sports gear, with its attendant grass clippings and dirt clods, would never make it past the garage. But when soccer, tennis, or biking (or you name it) is in season, accept the inevitable and catch errant equipment in a low, open-weave metal bin (try wire basket, $85, fermlivingshop.com). Implement a weekly search-and-recovery day when everyone is responsible for relocating his or her belongings to their proper places.