Janna Beatty, an image consultant and co-author with Sharon White of Quintessential Style: Cultivate and Communicate Your Signature Look  says clothes should flow through a closet the way water passes through a stream – there for a time, then gone. 

“Both women and men add tons of clothing, shoes and accessories to their closets, but they never seem to get rid of anything,” she says.

Beatty and White offer this tip for making a closet closet a more inviting and organized place:

Customize your closet. Builders mostly build generic closets, using standard measures for clothing racks and shelves. People then just use whatever space is there, whether it works for them or not.

 Beatty and White suggest that instead of working with that generic layout, you should make your closet work with your wardrobe. That could mean bringing in more storage for shoes, or deciding whether you need more or less hanging space than what’s available.