One of the most common questions I get asked is, “what is closet therapy and why should I do it?”. Most people want to jump straight to going shopping and filling their closet full of great styles, which I can totally relate to, but this isn’t always the best way! The objectives for closet therapy are to determine what in your wardrobe should be kept, given away, altered, what pieces you need and how to wear items you love in your closet but are unsure of how to “make them work”; as well as making sure you have great use of your closet real estate and lastly to make getting dressed everyday less stressful!
Closet therapy is a fabulous way for me to get to know you, even if you hate everything in your closet and want to start from scratch on your wardrobe. It allows me to see what “mistakes” you have made, risks you have taken and where you may lack in knowing your body and how it relates to your wardrobe. Can we work together without closet therapy, absolutely! Does it smooth a few wrinkles to start with it, yes!
Lets start with “what to keep, what to give away, what to alter, what pieces you need and how to wear the unknown”. We will go piece by piece in your closet and you will talk to me about it, often trying it on. There is no judgement being passed but there are discussions and suggestions being made along the way piece by piece. For an average closet, this process takes approximately 3 hours-if you have to ask yourself, do I have an average closet?!- the answer is most likely no, but that is not a problem! If you have a way above average closet, we may split closet therapy into two sessions as to not overwhelm the senses! As you strut down the runway of your closet I will be making a list of need pieces. While it may seem daunting, it is actually very refreshing and eye opening. I promise we will definitely share a few laughs as well!
The pile: The pile of clothes at the end of closet therapy can be daunting, I always suggest clients sleep on it to make sure they won’t regret donating any of the items. Most of the time people wake up, get out trash bags and never look back but every once in a while someone pulls out a few items; this is perfectly acceptable as it is your style journey! My suggestion to those who do is to reevaluate those pieces at the end of the season. My most common feedback is “I don’t miss any of it”!
The aftermath: After SHELL comes through your closet, then what? Armed with the list we have made, we shop! We can shop together or separate or both; I can bring items to you or we can go together but we certainly do not have to shop for all items at one time, it is and will be a process that started with getting to know your closet. Our shopping will be more targeted and thoughtful, less stressful and sporadic, and overall more enjoyable. And I ask you, what could be better than fabulous shopping?-I’m stumped!
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