I do not understand the people for whom putting all of their stuff out in the middle of the room is a not-stressful solution. Are these people not slobs?
Then I consider the fact that the very first thing I did when we moved into our place is took the doors off my closet. I'm afraid of boogeymen and I hate sliding doors, so perhaps an open closet solution is not the end of the world. My closet is also the least disorganized thing in my dressing area. So the open closet thing...might work.
We actually already own a few sets of Elfa Shelving and one of them has a closet rod. There are also some appealing options at Ikea.
(source - but all my things on the side would be more shoe racks)
Anyone have a good non-closet closet system? What do you like about it? If you don't have a closet, what do you do with your shoes?