Sunday, September 7, 2008
Rose Kim, founder of Dolce Home Interiors in Danville, says that for some couples, the old "shelf and pole" are woefully inadequate. "The woman may have 7 to 10 feet of hanging clothing and between 75 to 200 pairs of shoes," she explains. "That doesn't leave much room for the gentleman." -- Bigger is Better, by Carol Lloyd, in San Francisco Chronicle Magazine
My goodness, what to make of a statement like that?
First of all, the old "shelf and pole" system tends not to work well for many people, even those who have nowhere near the quantity of clothes Ms. Kim mentions.
Second of all, one study shows that the average woman owns 19 pairs of shoes.
But the article might well be right in asserting that "giant closets have become the new granite countertop." Luxury Home Digest writes: "In our coastal San Diego luxury real estate market, buyers are almost manic about their closets."
Luxurious Living reports on one couple's closet: "An entire spare bedroom, 14 feet by 12 feet with high ceilings, that has been converted into what is now one of their most lived-in spaces." The person with that closet says, "The closet is a luxury I use everyday. You can avoid cooking if you want but you do have to get dressed."
What if you have a more modest closet, more modest needs, and a more modest budget? I'll cover that in my next post.
[photo from Segale Bros.]