Everything On A Hook

HookHooks are one of the best organizing tools available. Why? They are affordable, come in a wide variety, can match any décor, are easy to install and easy to use. Hooks are simply objects attached to a wall, and range from a pushpin to a simple piece of hardware to a decorative object to a vintage doorknob. For apartment/dorm dwellers, adhesive hooks are available which don’t damage the surface of the wall upon removal. Unlike hangers, which can be cumbersome, hooks are a snap to use, accessible to even little hands (if you install them low enough!)

One caution: when installing hooks always make sure to either install into a stud or to use a molly/anchor to make sure it can bear the anticipated weight.

What can be hung from a hook? Here are some ideas:

Obvious candidates…

  • Coats
  • Bags/backpacks
  • Purse
  • Belts
  • Broom/Mop
  • Keys
  • Hats
  • Leash
  • Scarves
  • Plants

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You may not have thought of…

  • Apron
  • Necklaces
  • Towels
  • Measuring cups/cooking utensils
  • Potholders
  • Grill utensils (inside the door of the grill, if available)
  • Bras
  • Behind-the-door shoe bags (if you prefer not to drill holes or see an over the door hook)
  • Hair dryer
  • Earphones/earbuds
  • Wet bathing suits over a sink
  • Prize medals/ribbons
  • Umbrellas
  • Ironing board
  • Lunchbox/ lunch bags
  • Cutting board that has a loop
  • Pots/pans
  • Negligees
  • Headbands
  • Bucket/container with a handle
  • Dustpan
  • Dress-up clothes
  • Cords, cables, extension cords
  • “Wear again” clothing (that isn’t dirty enough for the laundry)


Innovative ideas to try….

  • Curtain rod (esp. for apartment residents) or curtain with grommets
  • Wire or plastic baskets (e.g. in a pantry or bathroom)
  • Bib on the back of a high chair (adhesive hook)
  • Children’s artwork (clip with a large binder clips and hang from hooks)
  • Plastic mesh magazine holder inside of door for plastic wrap/foil
  • Toilet brush on the side of a toilet (adhesive hook)
  • Shopping bags
  • Boots (clip together with a large binder clip and hang)
  • Shoes via laces tied together
  • Clipboard/Stapler/Scissors
  • Net to hold stuffed animals/pillows
  • Ring holder near the sink (think small, cute hook)
  • Cooling rack on 2 hooks
  • Wrapping paper on a dowel set on 2 hooks
  • Photos in frames with a ribbon
  • Tomorrow’s outfit
  • Extra chairs – think folding chairs in a basement storage area.

 Hang a Stapler

If you have clutter on the floor, look up! We’d love to hear innovative ways you have found to use hooks. Please comment below.