An Image Consultant Says: You CAN Love Everything in Your Closet
Decluttering your closet obviously requires you to take a very close look at what’s in your closet. You have to determine how items fit your body, but also if the overall style, size, shape and color fits your lifestyle, whatever your lifestyle is for you right now.
While logical, left-brain editing and categorizing (Sort. step!) tasks are important to organize your clothes closet, NYC-based Image Consultant David McKnight wants you to consider another layer to your process: not just how your clothes look, but how they feel.
“Everything in life is about energy,” David (pictured here) says. “You can walk into a room or home and almost immediately get a sense of the energy. Our closets, too, have energy. Do you look into your closet and feel depressed, or do you look in your closet and feel excited by what you see?”
David wants you to be excited. He wants you to not stress about what to wear anywhere: on a date, to a party or even to work. He believes that every item in your closet can support you in being your best, and that you can make this happen for yourself.
Think of Amelia’s thorough and simple steps to declutter your closet as how to decide what should get OUT of your closet, first. David’s perspective helps you determine not only what should stay – but also the bigger, ultimate closet experience you can create for yourself.
1. Know that it is possible to love everything in your closet.
As a bona-fide expert with 12 years of experience working with all types of clients, David is here to tell us that the idea of loving your closet is not just a well-curated Instagram's fever dream. It’s something you can achieve, with a little bit of time, patience, and some good ol’ fashioned decision-making, day-in, day-out.
“I’m a strong believer that you should love anything in your closet,” David says. “It should make you look good and feel good. Some people might not think that’s possible, but it absolutely is! I love everything in my wardrobe, and it all fits me very well. I almost always get compliments whenever I go out.”
You may not feel this way right now, but it’s good to know that it is possible. To get closer to an ultimate closet experience of loving everything that’s inside, David says to listen to a real expert in the matter – yourself.
2. YOU are your own ultimate stylist.
Following David’s perspective here means trusting how you feel about an item of clothing and not relying on an outside source, even a well-paid one!, to tell you what’s right for you.
“I once had a client hold up a pair of pants and ask me, ‘What do you think about these?’” David says. “I then asked her, ‘Well, what do you think about them?’ She told me how she didn’t like them because they made a chaffing noise (like corduroy) when she walked. She didn’t like the color, and they itched. Then I said, ‘Well, there you go! You just gave me the answer. It sounds to me like it’s time to get rid of them.’ A light bulb went off for her and she said, ‘Yeah, you’re right! Why am I keeping them? I never wear them.’”
Think of this not only as you're editing your existing closet, but when you're shopping for new clothes.
3. Truth is the only kind of tough love your closet needs.
You may love something in your closet. It may fit well and feel fab… but you still might not wear it much. Just because you love it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still say goodbye.
“It’s important to be honest with yourself and ask when was the last time you wore it. If it has been more than 2 years,” David says, “then chances are you won’t wear it again, and it’s taking up valuable, and probably much needed, space in your closet.”
Keeping to a time frame, whether it’s 2 years or less for you, helps cycle old things out and make space for new amazing things.
Let the truth of the situation guide you – not how much an item cost or how much emotion you’ve associated with it. If an article of clothing has fallen out of heavy rotation, it’s likely that your lifestyle has changed. That happens. Let it!
Make sure your closet keeps up with you, so you’ll have an easier time keeping up with it as you Start. Sort. and Style. yourself into an ultimate closet experience that makes you glad to get dressed and take on the day, each day.
How does David’s advice sound to you? Are you pumped to create an ultimate closet experience of your own? Let us know!
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