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One of the best moments ever on that guilty pleasure show, MTV’s “Cribs,” was the time Mariah Carey walked into her obscenely lavish closet and sighed, “I worked hard for this mess.” Her walk-in dressing room, styling center and wardrobe occupied more space than most of my friend’s New York apartments. While not all of us are so lucky to have a walk-in closet (or those vocals), I remember how organized and planned out Mariah’s dressing room was. Everything had a place. I think we can all learn from the starlet. Whether you have the budget of a celebrity or one of a Brooklyn blogger, here are a few pieces of closet inspiration.
Cheap and Simple
Re-think your closet for less than a couple hundred bucks. Organization and easy access are the most important factors to focus on for a stress-free dressing experience. We love industrial lockers for hanging shirts and metal storage bins for tucking away folded items. Bins that roll are even better for small-space dwellers looking for a little additional mobile storage. Be sure to stock up on wood or plastic hangers to keep your clothes neat. If your closet is poorly lit, your clothes will look dingier and it will be more difficult to pick out that perfect outfit. Consider installing overhead pendant lights, especially when you find them at a bargain price.
Personal Dressing Room
With a little more of an investment (we rounded up these pieces for just less than $3,000), consider items that will last a lifetime. One huge armoire is a statement piece and offers tons of space. If you have a wardrobe like a star’s, consider a furniture piece built for heavy use. This armoire will store cocktail dresses on classic wooden hangers and an over-the-door jewelry holder will keep pearls in place. Check your makeup in a mirror rimmed with lights. Don’t forget a 1970s smoked glass chrome lamp for extra-bright lighting. Now, let’s see that ensemble!