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Confessions of a Closet Freak.

Confessions of a Closet Freak.

A NJ transplant living in SoCal, Nicole Standley, digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley

If I’m not careful, I could easily become a candidate for the TV show Hoarders. Nothing gross and I am a very clean person; however I regularly used the phrase “I collect” to excuse my spare room filled with accessories, scarves, belts, sunglasses and handbags. I’m constantly arranging, rearranging and trying to remember these three rules:

  1. O.H.I.O. Only handle it once. The moment I pick something up, I have to put it away. No shuffling things around from one place to another. Have a plan and stick to it.
  2. For every one piece I keep, get rid of two. It is much harder than you think, but it does minimize clutter and I know from experience there are only a few things I miss or remember are gone.
  3. Keep/Toss/Donate. “Things” are not important. Yes, we love them; however at the end of the day we can’t take them with us and the people with share our enjoyment of these things are what really matter. I try to donate as much as possible to those more unfortunate, but if they are in pretty bad shape then they get tossed.

The closet space in our home is sparse, so I’ve been searching online to find the best way to make our extra room a guest bedroom/office/display closet.  While girlfriends are proud of the amount of shoes they own, they can’t bat an eyelash to the warehouse of handbags I’ve acquired over the years. I’m very proud of my vast selection of bags for it began way before Sex In The City was cool and just as many of the vintage Gucci and Chanel pieces were passed on to me, I take especially good care of them and shall one day gift them to Little Miss S.

I want my closet to be my sanctuary and rival the sample closet at Vogue. Somewhere to escape, meditate and become inspired. I expect everything to be detailed, clearly organized and easily visible. With music filling the air so that I feel as if I am a part of George Michael’s Freedom 90 video. I want  a place to sit even if it happens to be on the floor curled up with a gazillion pillows. The room must have the perfect lighting with lots of built-ins. Sometimes I want closet doors so that I can hide all the clutter away and other times I could care less as long as everything fits and has a place. Oh, and I want a vanity! Yes…just like Joan Crawford had in Mommy Dearest. I’ll probably never sit there or use it for more than displaying my perfumes; however I want to feel like a movie star in her dressing room and call everyone, “DAH-ling.”

Is it wrong to have a whole vision board dedicated to closets? I think not. So here are some I stumbled upon…

Photo Credit: Cabina Armadio

Photo Credit: Cabina Armadio

Photo Credit: Charles Luck Stone Center

Photo Credit: Unknown

Photo Credit: Senzafine

With the big winner being…

I die for these closets. What room in your house do you have a decorating obsession with?

– Nicole

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Founder + Editor-In-Chief, Nicole is a NJ transplant living in SoCal, who digs pop culture, fancy-dancy hotels, cool shindigs, live shows, highfalutin restaurants, and all-things: music, fashion and events. Twitter: @nicoledstandley


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