this would actually be a really fun idea to bring light into the space. a ladder could go against the wall where the metal desk is now with string lights. it would be nice to see walking into the room from the hallway
****From Mi Llave Allen, here's a clever way to fit quite a bit of shoe storage into a small space — smaller Lack shelves, hung at a diagonal for maximum efficiency.***then you can fit TWO PAIRS of shoes intot he same amount of space!