As I (reluctantly) start thinking about the cooler weather ahead, and the wardrobe changes this necessitates for the whole family, from different sports equipment to various types of outer layers and even accessories like hats and scarves, there is one single item for your home which I consider a mom's best friend, and one of the ultimate home organizing items to help you through it all: HOOKS.
Hooks help keep things neat and clean (and off the floor). They help keep things accessible. They help kids learn to quickly and easily put away their own gear. They help kids quickly and easily learn to locate their own gear, so you can all get out the door faster. Hooks help keep your closets organized, and they also help keep your closets from being taken over by bulky fall and winter items, like big coats and jackets and bins of hats and scarves, which gives you more room for other stuff. Hooks can be hung on all different levels, with just a couple simple nails, so they don't ruin your walls but they DO make the most of whatever space you have. Hooks can help hide something ugly like old wallpaper, and can even add an interesting design and some new texture to a bland space, in addition to giving a wall a whole new purpose. Seriously, what's not to love here? And who does not need these?!
You can find basic hooks anywhere, and you can get creative and use many basic household items AS hooks if you wish to. But I've done a bit of hunting online, and found some really awesome hooks to inspire you, and to help you get organized and stay sane as you prepare your family's wardrobe shift and bust out ALL those raincoats, jackets, overcoats, umbrellas, vests, helmets, sports jerseys, school bags and much more, this fall:
Anthropology is one of my sister's favorite stores and they have a really fun hook selection ranging in price from $8 to $88. I especially like the idea of the letter style hooks for kids rooms or kids' clothes, (some of which are on sale for less than $8 right now) and the animals ones like the deer, the dragonfly and the dog are really beautiful to me, for any purpose really.
This designer coat hook system aint' cheap but it's really cool too, I think, and it holds so much it may well be the only set of hooks you need for your whole family:
Some other nice hook ideas on sale at this same store: http://www.dwr.com/product/gym-hooks.do?sortby=ourPicks
And, don't forget that you can even hook up very large items, like bikes! Kmart sells the VersaTrack storage system, which you can hang your bikes on, or even a large ladder, if you are organizing your garage, basement or shed, for instance. Many stores like discount craft stores, dollar stores and hardware stores also have plenty of hooks for sale for very cheap, which you could alter with some color and a little creativity. No matter what type of hook you use, (or even if you just use some big old nails,) they will enhance your home by helping you and your family stay more organized, more neat, and more sane throughout the fall, winter and spring. Happy hook hunting!
Do you use hooks in your home? What for and in which rooms?