The space-making mavens of Life Uncluttered assess customers’ storage needs and create custom closet systems that can hold 50%–70% more than their disorganized predecessors. In an initial meeting, clients communicate their storage needs to an experienced designer, who will then translate these ethereal organization fantasies into a three-dimensional computer model of a new custom closet or five-dimensional model of a new alien hangout. Revamped closet spaces will have dedicated wardrobe real estate for sweaters, long dresses, and suits, and allow parents to stop using children's bedrooms as catchalls for novelty tennis shoe collections. Though costs vary based on the size of each customer’s closet, a basic white closet organization system runs approximately $70 per linear foot, with the average closet costing $2,000–$2,500 depending on the addition of drawers ($300+/drawer section) and additional color choices.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
For seasoned traveler Eliza, organization has been a necessity—there's no room for clutter when you're living out of a suitcase. But she realizes that most people have an entire home to clutter up as they please, and that's why she founded Simplicana, LLC. As the company's sole certified-professional organizer, she helps clients organize rooms, businesses, or storage units and keep items in order during moves. She also works one-on-one with teens and kids to help arrange their space in a way that allows for distraction-free studying.
Nestled inside a repurposed 1927 cottage, the arts-and-crafters of Sunfire Ceramics guide paint-spattered guests through embellishing personalized pottery or creating fused-glass art. In the open studio, guests can peruse the monochromatic selection of microwave- and dishwasher-safe paintable pottery ($6–$12 on average) before adorning a plate or decorative frame with more than 50 bright underglazes. Stencils, stamps, sponges, and paintbrush-wielding woodland creatures assist guests in realizing their artistic visions. Fused glass projects lie in wait to become translucent masterpieces: dichroic metallic glass transforms into pendants ($10–$12), sun catchers ($12), or the world’s most dangerous windshield as the amicable staff offers sage advice before spiriting the art pieces away for firing.