My friend Sara asked me for some ideas on making better use of the space in her closet. She said, "although it's big, there's a huge, slanty wall that doesn't let anything fit in there!" I laughed because I had the SAME problem! I live in a cape-style house, and at the front where the roof slants is where our closets are. I always wanted a big organized wardrobe system from IKEA (like my kids have) but it would never fit, so I decided to use the eaves space right next to my closet.
As luck would have it, on one of my many journeys to IKEA I found exactly what I wanted and for much less than I ever would've expected to pay! In the "As-Is" section I found Pax Komplement Shoe Racks for $1.00 each, so I grabbed 12! I also managed to find 6 matching drawers that were the same width as the racks! SCORE!
Wanting nothing less than instant gratification, the minute I got home I had hubs get to work on the demo/building side of things (My work... vision, design, shopping- was done!) He framed everything in, insulated it, and covered it with drywall. I taped off and filled in the seams, sanded it down, and painted... so much for my work being done!
After the paint dried, hubs trimmed it in to finish things up :) We did this project a few months ago and I can tell you every time I go into my closet I fall in love with my husband all over again. It is so organized and there's a home for everything! At first I didn't think it would hold all of my shoes, but then I realized it didn't need to. I only need it to hold my shoes by season and 18 pairs per season is pretty doable I think ;)