I know what you’ve been wondering.
“So, what does a “closet session” entail, anyway?” Am I right? 🙂
Well, like a lot of things in life, a closet session can really vary. Whatever else we do, we’re going to be drawing up a strategic shopping list for the client. In the main, we might be making lots of outfits. Or we can be decluttering. And I have really been loving the decluttering recently. And more important, so do my clients. They love the ease with which they can actually see what they own and what the possibilities are — the actual, real possibilities, not the “someday I might …” possibilities. (Fill in the blank: go skiing, lose/gain 10 pounds, go fox-hunting, want to wear this 20-year-old bridesmaid dress … you get the idea. Not gonna happen.)
Recently I worked with a client who had clothes that were 10 and even, in some cases, 20 years old.
These were clothes both fairly current and frequently worn mixed with clothes that hadn’t been outside the house — i.e., not worn — for years. Many years. And lots and lots of dry-cleaning bags, usually not a good sign. (Some dry-cleaning places have dates on their tags. Go ahead, see what the date is on some of the pieces in those bags in your closet. You might be surprised.)
We got rid of a TON of stuff. Two big boxes just of shoes. Between 10 and 20 belts. A dozen scarves. Plus 14 — FOURTEEN — shopping bags full of clothes to donate to charity.
As we went along, we rehung the keepers on slim, non-slip hangers in my favorite color, camel (it’s a pretty color and, as a bonus, also doesn’t show dust).
Here’s what her closet looked like when we were finished. (You can see a bag on the left; it is a hanging bag for a newish and frequently worn dress; we’re keeping the dress in there for now to keep it in tip-top shape.) She can see everything she owns and grab it in just a second. No more riffling through those garment bags trying to find that one thing she’s looking for.
Our work took several hours, broken into two appointments. And along the way, we made some great new outfits for her.
And guess how many new things she needs to go out and buy? Of course, she could always get more, but I thought there was really just one item she could really use, a pair of fun-dressy pants. How great is that?!
(Ketura Persellin is a DC-based wardrobe and style consultant. Want the results you see in this blog? Please contact her to find out how you can eliminate clutter, gain peace of mind, and start feeling and looking fantastic.)