Start with a basic framework of shelves, poles, and drawers. These homeowners chose the Elfa Decor system with walnut accents, available at The Container Store, to help them get organized. To begin, gather your closet's measurements and an estimate of your belongings. Trained Elfa planners will help you choose the right components.
Here, the wife owned only a few long dresses and had hung them in a hall closet. She chose double hanging bars to create more room for tops, skirts, and pants. Shelves along the back wall keep handbags within easy reach. Out-of-season clothes are stowed in drawers at the front of the closet, and shoes were moved onto shelves and built-in racks.
TIP: Place a trash can in your closet to conveniently toss out price tags and dry-cleaner bags.