Awesome Organizers You Already Own
From Hanger To Ribbon Tamer
Know that pants hanger that your husband can't quite seem to keep his trousers on? Use it to Martha Stewart—ize your ribbons. We suggest: Grouping spools by shade. It makes it easier to find the best match for your wrapping paper. And for extra credit, tie a pair of scissors to the top of the hanger so you can snip and go.
From CD Rack To Mail Sorter
Turns out, the slots that once held your En Vogue collection are perfect for organizing envelopes. All you have to do is: Stick on labels. We used Post-it flat tabs ($3.49 at officedepot.com). Then arrange by type of mail, with slots for bills, invites, coupons, and letters. Or personalize it with family members' names, so you, your husband, and the kids can grab what's yours.
From Cookie Sheet To Boot Dryer
Get rid of the pile of slushy shoes by the door by repurposing an old cookie sheet. Just... Spray-paint it a pretty color. We went with this crisp blue, but use whatever goes with your entryway. Add rocks. You can scour a local beach—or cheat and buy 'em online. (We got these for $6.99 at jamaligarden.com.) Got lots of trays? Paint them different colors and give everyone in the family their own.