For laundry room.instead of the ugly tide bottle, use a drink dispenser for detergent. Pretty and you can see how low you're getting! (this is an AWESOME idea for home made laundry soap dispensing too!) fabric softener too!
For when I have kids.Metal mailboxes spray painted outside kids bedrooms. Leave them little notes, any mail they get, some treats, etc. Then they can hang their backpack and coat on the hook. Love this idea!