1 of 26Photo: Philip Friedman; Styling: Linden Elstran
Hair Elastic as Tights Bundler
Roll up pairs of stockings or leggings and wrap hair ties around them to keep the rolls from unraveling. It will be easier to find a specific pair on mornings when you're, well, tight on time.
2 of 26Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Kristine Trevino
Hanger as Ribbon Organizer
Turn a tangle of ribbons into a neat presentation. Hang coordinating colors over the prongs of a tie hanger.
3 of 26Levi Brown
Shoe Boxes as Drawer Dividers
Time for your lingerie drawer to step into line. Cut shoe boxes in half, along the length or width, and fill the resulting compartments with folded briefs, socks, or stacked bras.
4 of 26Erica McCartney; Styling: Linden Elstran
Felt Pads as Clothing Securer
Help strappy garments stay on hangers. Affix a circle to each end.
5 of 26Photo: John Lawton; Styling: Linden Elstran
Belt Hanger as Kitchen Towel Hooks
Hook extra dish towels and pot holders on a belt hanger for easy retrieval.
6 of 26Photo: John Lawton; Styling: Linden Elstran
Tie Rack as Mail Organizer
Prioritize bills and mail in a rack positioned flat on a desk or countertop.
7 of 26Photo: John Lawton; Styling: Linden Elstran
Pant Hanger as Lingerie Dryer
Hang bras, hosiery, and other small items that can't go in the dryer on a mulit-level pant hanger for a compact drying rack. Submitted by: Bettys187
8 of 26James Baigrie
Pant Hanger as Gift Wrap Organizer
Keep individual sheets of wrapping paper crease-free by hanging them from the clips. Do the same with gift bags, or drape their handles over the hook of the hanger. (You can also use a shoe organizer: Stash scissors, tape, gift tags, and other decorating supplies inside the compartments.)
9 of 26Antonis Achilleos
Wine Box as Shoe Storage
Warehouse your shoes in an empty wine-bottle carton wrapped in pretty paper.
10 of 26Aimee Herring
Chip Clips as Clothes Hangers
Hold small coats in place on adult-size hangers. Use clips with rubberized grips to help items stay put. Not only will you have an organized coat closet, but you'll save money by not having to buy special kids' hangers.
11 of 26Antonis Achilleos
Clothespin as Hanger
Use clips to prevent silky sleeveless shirts and dresses from slipping off the hanger. And you can say goodbye to wrinkled sundresses on the closet floor.
12 of 26Rick Lew
Dryer Sheet as Shoe Freshener
Roll up one sheet per slipper, sneaker, or loafer, insert, and forget about stinky shoes. (Bonus uses: Toss them in hampers, on closet shelves, in diaper bags.)
13 of 26Anson Smart
Felt Circle as Hanger Helper
Create a support system and help strappy garments stay on hangers. Affix a circle to each end, and your sundresses will stay off the closet floor.
14 of 26MANFRED KOH FOR THE TIME INC. DIGITAL STUDIO
Lingerie Bag as Sock Reuniter
Rematch separated socks by stashing singles in a lingerie bag in the closet to await their mates.
15 of 26Kirsten Strecker
Shower Curtain Rings as Scarf Storage
Sort and hang scarves by threading them through rings hung on a closet rod.
16 of 26Antonis Achilleos
Soda Bottle as Boot Supporter
Insert an empty one-liter plastic bottle into a tall boot to keep it from sagging, creasing, or toppling over. Bonus: Upright boots create space on your closet floor to fill as you please (hmm…more boots?).
17 of 26Annie Schlechter
Step Stool as Shoe Organizer
Rest your soles. Store shoes on the tiers of a stool in the closet.
18 of 26Burcu Avsar
Lingerie Bag as Extra Storage
Stash swimsuits or sports bras in a mesh bag, thread a hanger through one of the holes, and hang in your closet. Finding all those little bits and pieces will be a cinch.
19 of 26Annie Schlechter
Mirror as Centerpiece
Place an inexpensive full-length mirror (the kind you attach to a closet door) atop the dining-room table. Set vases or candles of various heights on the mirror. It's an easy and elegant way to adorn your table.
20 of 26Quentin Bacon
Rubber Bands as Strap Securers
Keep your camisoles and sundresses from slipping off their hangers by wrapping a band (or two if you use skinny ones) around each end of a hanger.
21 of 26Kathryn Barnard
Shoe Organizer as Art Supply Storage
Cut off one pocketed strip of a hanging shoe holder, sew a ribbon onto each end, and tie it as you would a tool belt, around your little busybody’s waist to stylishly store art supplies. It's a shoe-in for “handiest craft-time accessory.”
22 of 26Burcu Avsar
Shower Curtain Hooks as Handbag Storage
Place hooks on a closet bar and hang purse handles from them to keep your carry-alls at eye level. Say goodbye to a mess of accessories on your closet floor.
23 of 26John Lawton
Tea Bag as Drawer Sachet
Subtly scent a drawer by placing a mint, vanilla, or lavender tea bag in a drawer of delicates.
24 of 26David Prince
Wire Hanger as Static Stopper
Nix static cling by running a wire hanger over the spots where your clothing tends to bunch or climb.
25 of 26Quentin Bacon
Zippered Plastic Bag as Clothing Storage
Off-season, maintain clothes by putting them in large bags. When traveling with a child, use a jumbo bag to pack a fresh outfit for her for each vacation day. Stash spare linens underneath a bed; add a fabric-softener sheet for a fresh smell.
26 of 26James Wojcik
Vinegar as Sweater Fluffer
Fluff up wool sweaters by adding a few capfuls of vinegar to the rinse cycle.