Two household surfaces always seem to attract disorder: desktops and laundry room floors. Keep them pristine by tailoring ready-made canvas containers to help you neatly stash the stuff. A strategically hung paintbrush roll wrangles desk supplies, and paint designates hampers for lights and darks, or color-codes them to sort everyone's dirties. Added grommets turn this paintbrush holder into a ready-to-hang space-saver (Cup hooks can be screwed in by hand — a couple of twists and you're done).
AIT Art paintbrush holder, $16; and General Tools grommet kit with twelve ½" grommets, $8,
Use a raw potato cut into rounds and halves to stamp plain hampers with a pretty (and practical) pattern (Navy marks the spot for dark clothes). Or, to organize by family member or destination, paint the bottoms of oversize totes.
Umbra Natural Round Crunch Can with handles, $20; and Natural Rectangular Crunch Basket with handles, $20,
A simple paint job is just about all it takes to transform out-of-use window shutters into an innovative, stylish organizer for all that mail and loose paper you've yet to sort out. Think: stamps, junk mail, magazines, bills, and cards.
A few scribbles on your freshly painted wall aren't such an issue when your wall is meant to be written on. Chalkboard paint instantly transforms any room into a giant blank slate, which -- when converted into a monthly calendar -- makes for the perfectly convenient place to jot down plans and reminders that you can later erase just as easily as you wrote them.