Here is a before picture of that corner of the room (not horrible but certainly not what I want to look at when I'm trying to relax):
Of course, that closet door closes but I wanted to capture the full problem in one picture. Also, our video components are on a shelf in the closet so the door has to be open for the remote to work so we do see into that closet quite a bit.
Here's a shot of the problem closet:
I started by pulling everything out of the closet including the lower of the 2 top shelves and the hanging bar. Then I moved the DVD and Roku receiver up to the very top shelf and wrangled all the cords out of the way.
While the closet was empty, I hung some adjustable shelving supports in the back. Right now I just have and need the one shelf but since needs change, I figured this was a good time to add these just in case we wanted them later. I had them on hand from my old sewing room.
Then I rehung the coat bar higher and put back in only the necessary items. Unfortunately, this had become a catch-all for lots of stuff including a grocery sack full of shoes Snickerdoodle had outgrown. Here's the end result:
And the baskets and wet shoe area are cleaned up, weeded out and better organized:
It feels great to get to check that off my to do list and to know that we'll have the space needed in our coat closet for the cold weather (and gear that goes with it) ahead.
Thank you for reading,