Last weekend I was doing a Color Certainty consultation and closet clean-out with a new client — an artist, a fan of vintage designer garments and a sewing enthusiast with exquisite skills. She had a personal story behind every item in her closets and drawers … each one was like a dear friend, and letting even one of them go was obviously stressful, a bit frightening, even painful.
It quickly became obvious that the normal culling process just wasn’t going to work for her. And since the so many of her pieces were too bright and cool for her slightly warm and very subtle coloring, she wasn’t going to be able to purge it fully without first acquiring some replacement items anyway.
So we devised a multi-step process:
- Remove as many of the too-bright items as she could spare, but only as far as the basement, where she could have unlimited visitation rights. The assurance that none of her decisions that day would become permanent immediately reduced the anxiety level by about 90%.
- Give herself permission to reclaim any basement piece she discovered she couldn’t live without … at any time.
- Make a pact with herself that each time she added 2 new items in her optimal colors and styles, one of the the remaining not-quite-right choices would move to the basement rack.
- Expand her accessory collection so she can create more finished outfits from a smaller number of pieces.
I’ve already heard via email that she found several tops in ideal colors at a favorite consignment store. Sounds like she’s on her way to the wardrobe she always wanted.
Could this adapted method of culling closet contents work in your life? Have you developed mind games of your own for the clean-out process?