Jon uses white plastic hangers and I use black felt hangers (because my shirts tend to fall off hangers easily- but Jon’s doesn’t)
Our shoes are lined up on the top shelf neatly.
We keep our “Beach Bag” (The blue thermos tote) on the shelf as well. This holds our beach towels (we only own two), our bathing suits, sunblock, and chapstick. When we want to hit the pool, we can put our suits on, add a cooler pack to the bag and fill it up with waters and snacks. As a bonus- It’s waterproof and we can stick wet suits in it for the trip home.
My purses are stuffed with tissue paper and stood up on the shelf. I’m clearly not a bag girl, so this worked well for me since I rarely change purses.
I keep a “Sock Monster Basket” in the middle of the closet. This serves two purposes. I can throw the unmatched socks in here and sort through it once a week to make matches. This also serves as an emergency dumping ground if something happens and I just don’t have the time to put the clean laundry away. This encourages me to switch the laundry anyway and I can fold before I go to bed.