So last time we were in Atlanta we stopped at Ikea and picked up 2 Rast dressers (which they DO NOT MAKE ANYMORE!!!!!) to create a built in dresser with shelving. We got it all built, barely, before the kids came home. Most things got some paint but maybe not as much as they would have if they were in a more visible spot, but it is what it is and it is fine for closet. We have so much more space for everything. We ended up with 2 rods and 2 shelves on the hubby's side and one full length rod and shelf and one 3/4 length rod and shelf on my side. With the Rasts and shelving straight ahead when you walk in.
The pictures are pretty terrible, it's a pretty small space, and I treat it as a completely utilitarian one. But it is soooooo wonderful, getting dressed in the morning is no longer stressful and we can completely see what we have. So happy to have this project done!