Here is a before picture. You'll notice the two bars–one behind the other. How do you get to that bar? I guess I'll answer that, you don't. I never wore anything from that bar b/c I couldn't get to it. Granted, sometimes I switched seasonal clothing from bar to bar but I even gave up on that a few years ago b/c it was too much work. I also have a hanging bar below the front bar to hold my pants…though it was often too dark to see which was which until I crawled out and had the wrong color and realized I had to go back digging again–fwmmp! And all those blue tubs? My son's clothes (borrowed from my sister) waiting for him to grow into them, but in order to add or subtract anything from the tubs, I'd have to drag them all out from under the racks, usually knocking several pieces off of the rods. What a pain!
Deep breath…now for the new closet! I switched the layout so that the hanging racks go toward the back. This limited my hanging space a little, but the accessibility is worth it! I added a shelf along the top (the center is out of plexiglass to hold some hangers but not block the light to the clothes below). For now the tubs are all stacked on the more narrow right side, but I plan to build a variation of the parson's shelf to hold the rest of my folded clothes so my hubby can have some more space in his closet (hopefully my son will have his own closet next year when we add on so I'll have the WHOLE closet :). I've already added a shelf (and filled it) in the back (all from leftover shelves–yeah!) The plan is to paint the whole closet white (and cover the water stains from when the chimney had a leak) but alas, we had to go to sleep so the clothes had to get off the bed! Maybe I will paint it when I install the shelves!