Shark pegs, pounds 12 a bag

Though not strictly an improvement on the traditional wodden peg, these brightly coloured shark alternatives are certainly more fun. In sturdy plastic, they are virtually unbreakable, and look great bobbing about on the washing line with their jaws clamped round your underwear. Purves & Purves, 83 Tottenham Court Rd, London (for mail-order details and catalogue, call 0171-436 8860).