How to organize (and live out of) a very small walk-in closet
We're now 9 months into house-shopping in NJ, and one issue that keeps coming up is otherwise nice houses that seem to be severely short on closet space, especially in the MB. Recently we looked at a beautiful house that had, for the master, a 54" reach-in closet and a 42" wide x 48" deep walk-in. Likely scenario would be that DW gets the reach-in and I'd get the walk-in (plus furniture, of course).
So I'm trying to figure out if it's possible to do something reasonable with a 42" wide walk-in closet. Present owners have double hanging against the back wall, shoe-shelves plastered against the left wall, and ties hanging on the right wall. With that arrangement, it's barely more than a 42" reach-in.
Does anyone have any clever ideas how to take advantage of the depth of the closet? It's a given that out-of-season and seldom-used clothes would have to live elsewhere, but even then I feel like that'd be a tough squeeze for me.
One idea I've had is to put double-hanging in the back (as it is now), and put a high hanging bar in front. From that, hang one of the hanging sweater shelves. That'd give me some shelving, and I could push it to either side to access the hanging behind. Unfortunately, DW has informed me that those hanging shelves don't slide so easily once they're loaded up. Putting fixed shelving in front of half the hanging is plausible, but it'd make getting to the stuff behind the shelves a real chore.
I admit I'm stumped. I hate having to shoot down a lovely house for this reason, but I don't want to spend every day swearing at my closet. BTW, DW and I currently share a pretty large extremely well-organized walk-in, so this would be a major shrinkage in closet space for us.
Thanks for any ideas!