In my old apartment, this hot mess was located in my living room. Though the location has changed, the problem remains the same - it's a hot mess.
Cleaning it out in June was such an ordeal that I made a movie of it.
Although cleaning and organizing is not fun, I always feel better when it's over. Plus, I'm in there twice a day to feed the dog. Opening the door to a clean and organized closet is so much nicer than opening the door to a messy, unorganized closet.
Bonus - Charlie can easily get to the pieces of kibble that I drop every time I feed her, instead of having to lay in the closet whining and waiting for me. That alone makes it all worth it.