Kicking it old school! Those metal receptacles for our books, gym bags and brown paper sack lunches never really went out of style. Their multiple shelves and cubbies have found new life as indestructible cabinets and storage pieces with industrial overtones. Open-faced, mesh swim-club drawers slide in and out of metal shelves and bins that once held a shade tree mechanic's small parts provide scoot-around stowage on casters.
In the new world order, having a designated - and ventilated - spot for football and soccer cleats, slobbery dog toys and damp rain gear has never been more promising. Insert a locker and a set of bins in the mudroom and - even without the gift of a shiny, red apple - you're teacher's pet.