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Press } Articles } June 2006 - Palm Beach Post


Friday, June 9, 2006



To listen to Helen Kuhl, editor in chief of Closets, a trade magazine published in Lincolnshire, Ill., one might believe every woman in America has a well-organized closet. Kuhl says the closet organization industry has skyrocketed in the last four years. Revenue at California Closets is up 16 percent in 2004 at $241 million dollars.

And Barry Izsak, the president of the National Association of Professional Organizers, said his group took 13 years, from 1985 to 1998, to reach a membership of 1,000, but only five more to reach 2,000; since then, he added, the number has grown to nearly 4,000. If you're still knee-deep in piles of laundry and jumbles of shoes, here are some resources for cleaning house - at a cost.

$400 - 30,000 range in price of closet systems sold by California Closets. $3 billion in annual revenue for U.S. companies selling closet organization systems.

Like clothes, closet systems are available in varying styles, from the simple to the sophisticated. 5 places to turn for help:

  • The Container Store, which has a location at 7200 N. Kendall Drive in Miami (305) 670-8181) has designers who do free consultations, but there is an installation fee for ripping out an old closet. For a 6-foot-wide, 8-foot-tall, 24-inch-deep closet, the cost starts at $400. (800) 786-7315;
  • California Closets sends a consultant to your home, and will build a new storage system. A closet that is 8-feet high by 8-feet wide and 3 1/2-feet deep costs about $1,200 in melamine and $5,000 in wood. (800) 274-6754;
  • Poliform's sleek walk-in closets are available in melamine laminate, woods like oak and wenge, and frosted, mirrored or painted glass. Prices start at $900 per linear foot. Miami store number: (888) 765-4367;
  • In Palm Beach and New York City, Clos-ette will inventory your wardrobe and build a custom cabinet. A closet that is 8-feet wide by 8-feet high and 3 1/2-feet deep costs about $3,500 in maple. (877) 803-9797;
  • For other closet organizers around the country, see the Web site of the National Association of Professional Organizers at
- Elaine Louie
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