I love your suggestions! However, my closet is tiny and narrow (2ft wide x 3 feet deep). Any suggestions for best maximizing the space in a tiny closet??? I'd KILL for a closet like yours, She She Me!!!
Wow, that is a tiny closet! Your best bet would be to maximize your stacking space and minimize your hanging space. By that I mean hang only those items of clothing that absolutely must be hung. (Nice dresses, gowns and blouses, etc.) Anything at all that can be folded and stacked should be. Get a free-standing coat-rack for all of your coats, jackets and sweatshirts and put it in the corner of the room. Make use of closet floor space by using stackable shelves and cubes. Your closet is a little deeper than normal, so one thing you can do is get deeper portable shelves and stack things double-deep, putting off-season clothes behind current season clothes, then rotate them as needed.
Another good idea is to get those over-the-door shoe hangers for the inside of your closet door. Because your closet is so deep, you won't smush your clothes by having your shoes hanging against the inside of the closet door. This frees up floor space and shelf space for folded sweaters, trousers, tees, etc.
If you have the space in your bedroom or somewhere else out-of-the-way in your apartment, a mobile laundry center is a fabulous solution for extra hanging space. You could even put it in the corner of your bedroom and screen it off with a folding room screen.
Another storage idea, instead of having a nightstand by the side of your bed, use a small dresser. This gives you drawer storage as well as tabletop area for alarm clock, phone, candles, etc.
Hope this helps!