Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Entryways inevitably attract clutter, so give your odds and ends a home with a hall tree or credenza. Hang frequently used hats and bags on hooks and place a bowl on top to collect keys and loose change. Find a piece with drawers to organize sunglasses and sunscreen, or outfit an open cabinet with baskets to conceal smaller items.
Using a basic bookcase and a few baskets, you can create the ultimate catch-all storage space. Give each cube a purpose, whether it's to hold extra blankets or to hide dog toys when guests come over, and you'll have an instant clutter container that makes a stylish statement.
For items you want to keep relatively accessible, baskets are the organizer of choice. Available in an endless variety of sizes, colors, and styles, there's a basket for every occasion-from housing magazines in the living room to storing sandy flip-flops on the porch. Baskets also make a nice accent in bathrooms when used to hold guest towels.
Install open shelving in utility areas to provide instant access to items you use daily. Bring order to the space by keeping like items together in designated containers, but choose wisely. While a small basket works well for storing additional toilet paper rolls, cleaning solutions should be kept in waterproof containers.