This was a case of a beautifully designed closet that just wasn’t functioning so well. Without calling in anyone to redesign the closet or purchasing anything new we made do with what they had and re-organized some things so that more of what was needed fit into the closet in a neat and tidy way.
About 4 hours later (mostly working by myself on this project) I had this closet finished. On her side I sorted tops, bottoms and long dresses and jackets by clothing type and color. I re-located less used special occasion items to a second guest room closet, created drawers designated for specific items such as hats, jewelry, belts and lingerie. This freed up space for the client to use other bedroom furniture drawers for items that should not be hung such as sweaters, other knits and casual/frequently used items.
On his side I sorted full suits by season putting the warmer season suits to the front since we are shifting towards summer (at least here in the south). This client also has quite a collection of bow ties and suspenders which I hung on a multi section hangers (often used for scarves or pants). Again I sorted shirts and pants/shorts by type and color leaving suspenders attached to several pairs of pants in this case.
We got rid of almost everything on the floor and many of the decorative boxes and items cluttering up the shelves. We used the shelves for shoes (both in and out of boxes and drawer bins), bags, hats (on the top shelves) and photo albums. She liked keeping these albums in the closet but if she needed more shelving space she could remove them to another area in the future. The closet is a nice space to keep photo albums if you have the room and you can always pull out a few at a time to have on display in a more public room of the house.
Tip: Store items that are not needed often in the back of deep corner shelves in containers that are easily pulled out. For example shoe; a shoe shining kit. Label the edge of shelves so you know what’s hiding in the back of each.