• The BENJAMIN STOOL is a place to sit while wrestling shoes on or off. www.ikea.com. Bins for each family member fit underneath. www.pbteen.com.
• Everyone should be assigned his or her own DESIGN IDEAS MESH POSTMASTER BIN for mail or school papers. $11 each, Cocoon, 800-842-4352.
• JAKT SHOE RACKS stack to save floor space, and allow wet shoes to dry. $8 each, www.ikea.com.
• A YELLOW UMBRELLA STAND adds a splash of color -- especially welcome on a rainy day. $109, Kartell, 866-854-8823.
• BLECKA METAL CLOTHES HOOKS are J-shaped and can be installed anywhere. www.ikea.com.
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