After accomodating this preference and living for a year with open clothing storage in our bedroom, we've decided that it is exclusively for people with OCD -- or for Gap employees with time on their hands. (Hmm, maybe this is Gap's problem!) Keeping those shelves orderly enough so that we can stand to look at them first thing in the morning takes time, time that we'd rather spend doing. . . almost anything else.
We racked our brains for a solution to our bedroom conflict and arrived at the idea of a credenza, like the ones generally found in diningrooms. With a credenza, clothing can still be stored in easy-to-scan stacks, but if those stacks devolve into unruly piles they will be behind closed doors.
$945 by special order. Info on David's site.