While it's likely we all have a 'fantasy' closet in mind - maybe 100 square feet fitted with serious cabinetry, a spot for a pretty chair, lit by a chandelier...
...I thought I would share some practical ideas so I turned to the First Lady of Order, Martha Stewart.
The ideal closet design has hanging spaces for long and short items, a few drawers, shelves for folded clothes and bags, and racks or cubbies for shoes.
I freely admit to having OCD and had to share these labels (which I love.)
I use drawer dividers liberally; I bought something similar to these at The Container Store, which, by the way, can be a dangerous place for someone like me.
A generously sized coat closet in your mudroom or front hall is a blessing. If you are planning for this now, make it twice as big as you think it needs to be. Trust me - you will thank me.
Living in a climate where temperature vary widely with the seasons, a spacious linen closet is important. The blankets and down duvets that keep us cozy during the fall and cold winter need a place to be stored when I switch to light quilts as the weather warms up.
I am a big believer in using baskets in the effort to organize the contents of my closets. I use the open canvas bins from, again, The Container Store, to hold scarves and other accessories. The link will take you right to them!
Having cleaning supplies stored in one place makes getting household work done a little easier. I have a centrally located closet (devoted exclusively to this activity) that I have to walk by several times a day so it is hard to procrastinate for too long.
And while we are on the subject of storage, anywhere you can take advantage of space, do. Here shelves beside the stairs to the basement hold bulk supplies. Another good place for built-in shelving - your garage.
Since I am not ruling out the possibility of one day building my fantasy closet, I will share one more. This, in my opinion, is truly perfect.