Visions of order.
We've been hearing good things about Easy Closets.com. Word on the street is that the quality rivals California Closets at a third of the cost.
Using Easy Closet's online tools you configure your space according to the specific needs and constraints of your project. Add drawers, bars, shelves, hanging units, etc. to your heart's content, imagining a place for each and every thing that's currently languishing deep in a pile somewhere. Then sit tight and wait. Easy Closets will package up all the components and mail them to you.
Order will be yours...soonish. The catch/brilliance of this system is that you do the installation yourself, so you have to get past that hurdle if you're serious about getting a deal.
If you're not handy you can always bring in an expert. Friends of ours who are supremely DIY-challenged hired a handyman they found through Cole Hardware's referral service
, and even with the cost of his labor their project totaled half of California Closet's quote. (They know because they started with a CC quote). Easy Closets may also be able to refer you to someone in your area who has experience with their products.
On the other hand, it may be worth it to try it yourself: we've heard tell of a San Francisco couple who spent a weekend installing their own components and were so proud of themselves that they topped it off with cocktails -- in their sexy new closet.