Handy Closet Helpers

Best bets for keeping your closet organized.

from Householder's Survival Manual

Shoes, socks, scarves, belts, and ties can be some of the trickier items to store efficiently. These closet components are handy helpers for keeping such items tidily tucked away.

Shoe shelves and racks are available in many styles and in freestanding as well as wall-mounted and door-mounted designs. This hanging rack is ideal for closets with limited floor space. A new entry into the market is a narrow, floor-to-ceiling revolving shoe caddy that fits into the corner of a closet. Other shoe-storage options include tilted shelves in both laminate and wire that can be wall-mounted or positioned at foot level.

Drawer dividers separate a drawer into smaller sections to help keep socks, scarves and belts from getting jumbled or lost. Inserts can be found in many plastic or laminate shapes.

Tie and belt racks. These come in a variety of clever forms, including pull-out bars with metal hooks. Tie racks can be attached to existing shelving or mounted on the closet wall. Put the rack in a place where ties can hang freely without wrinkling.