Closet cleaning isn’t a flashy subject, but I can’t help it: I’m in full organization mode. I blame the new year. I simplified this closet by chucking old clothes and sticking with just three types of hangers: wood, padded, and skirt hangers (the latter two are on the left side of the closet).
The solution to the shoe mess: plastic shoe boxes from The Container Store. Plastic shoe boxes are also available at Organize.com. I built a simple shelf unit for them out of plywood that I got on Freecycle. Rick at The Barn Woodshop was kind enough to cut the wood. Once the pieces were cut, assembly was a cinch.
Update 3/8/21: While plastic shoeboxes come in handy for storing all sorts of things (spare cosmetics, first-aid supplies, craft paraphernalia, duct tape, etc.), I no longer use them to store shoes. Why? Because plastic doesn’t allow your shoes to breathe, and they get smelly after a while. If you’re going to store shoes in plastic boxes, I would suggest you let them air out overnight before storing them in their box, or put some sort of moisture/odor absorber in each box.