We found a simple white shelf at our neighborhood Ace Hardware and picked up a few brackets, all for under $20. We made an effort to not buy a shelf the full length of the closet on purpose. Bob's skis and ski boots found their way to Chicago and this is our best space for storing them. By picking up a slightly shorter shelf, the skis could nestle in to the corner just perfectly.
With the shelf up and Lydia Organization Mode in full swing, we ended up with this. With the extra pictures out of the way, the space should open up even more: