Simple, cheap and not bad looking. Not to mention putting wire hangers, of which you no doubt have oodles, to good use.
We saw this idea by Ana Maria of SuperZiper (whose blog is in Portuguese) on Craft and were struck by what a simply good idea it was. Ana uses it near her door to hold library books and we can think of lots of other landing strip uses - scarves, a folder of outgoing mail, magazines, etc. Or how about next to a child's bed to hold the book du jour.
What uses can you think of? Let us know if you try it out.