Here's what the overall view is. It's been so nice to look at the closet since I finished that I pretty much want to keep those drapes open all the time.
The first thing I did was take everything out. Really. It's a horrendous mess, but so worth it. Go through it all ruthlessly, donating anything too big, too small, out of style, or that you're just done with. I also put off-season clothes somewhere else. So this is a fall/winter closet now only. In spring I'll have to do it all again, but that's fine. This closet isn't big enough for four seasons' worth of clothes for two people.
I also invested in some wood hangers a while back. I much prefer these, and will admit that it's for aesthetics only. Everything just looks so pulled together and classy. Makes me feel like I'm living at a Banana Republic, or something like that.
Then group like items. All my bags fit nicely on the second-to-top shelf. Up above are more bags and shoe boxes, with out of season shoes. To the right here you can see I've got belts hanging on S-hooks. This has worked really well so far. Otherwise, what do you do with them? Roll up, or get a special belt hook?
I gave away lots of shoes and really only kept what I wore often. And Michael only has like four pairs, so that works out well for me ;-) Now there's plenty of room for everything.
Sweaters and jeans/cords stacked nicely. I thought it'd be fun to group the sweaters roughly by color, and I love the way it looks. Let's see how long it stays this perfect!
I love how these bins fit so well up here, storing lots of miscellaneous personal items like extra supplies of contact solution, cotton swabs, suncreen, etc. Since we don't need to get to this stuff often, it works that it's all tucked away a bit.
Also above you can get a closeup of my curtain rail that kind of works like a hospital track, and my curtains. These are from Ikea. The bins are from Target, by Michael Graves.
And finally, one last look, because I love it so much! I'm really really going to try to keep it all this organized throughout the winter. Because it's so nice knowing what you have and being able to get to it all so easily. Have you organized your closets yet? It's a few hours of work that bring months of satisfaction!