With the end of summer upon us, it will soon be time to pack away your shorts and sandals and replace them with sweaters and boots. It sounds simple, but organizing your closet, shoes, and accessories can be an overwhelming task. Joe Lupo and Jesse Garza, co-founders of Visual Therapy, a New York based luxury fashion consultancy firm, are here with their Top 5 Tips to Tackling Your Closet Clutter.
Do you ever wake up in the morning, look into your closet, and think, I have nothing to wear? In a perfect world, we would wake each day feeling fabulous and effortlessly throw together a look that empowers us and actually affects the way we are treated throughout the day.
Your closet should be a zen space, not an emotional torture chamber. Unfortunately for most of us, this just isn’t our reality – or at least not every day. We’re happy to say, there is a solution!
As a NYC based image consulting firm, we work with celebrities and women who are making a difference in the world, lining up their optimal wardrobes and helping them be the best version of themselves. Our wardrobe is just the beginning of an all-encompassing transformation: we’re huge believers that ultimately, it’s not the dress, but what’s in the dress, that matters, and you have to start somewhere – why not the closet?
If there’s one thing you can do to find that liberating feeling of wardrobe clarity, it is decluttering! Oprah said that our system for reducing clutter is life-changing… Oprah knows best!
5-STEPS TO WARDROBE CLARITY
ONE: Donate what you’re not wearing.
Say goodbye to pieces you’ve not worn for over a year, unless there’s a sentimental value attached. Everything has a circle of life, even clothes, so make sure you don’t stop it.
TWO: Organize your clothes by season, style and color.
This will make it easier to “shop” your own closet.
THREE: Keep your clothes and shoes repaired and clean.
Sometime a trip to a shoe repair can revive a shoe, belt or a bag that you’ve been putting away in the farthest corner of your closet, waiting for a better time.
FOUR: Figure out what works with what’s in your closet, and try different combinations that you wouldn’t normally try.
If you don’t have the luxury of your own personal stylist, invite a girlfriend to help you discover new looks – a fresh set of eyes opens many doors.
“What I learned is that I need to turn away from the emotional purchase and holding tight to the over tired goodies, for “just in case” moments. Toss them, they’ll just take up space!” – Emme
FIVE: Instead of just buying things, approach your clothes from the perspective of “looks,” or outfits that work together.
You will feel completely liberated once you’ve finished! When you open your closet, you will see the best version of you lined up and ready to go. Being organized and following the process will save you money and bring a sense of wardrobe clarity, allowing you to focus on the more important things in your life – such as your health, family, friends, and following your dreams.
About Visual Therapy: Visual Therapy is a New York based luxury fashion consulting firm co-founded in 1995 by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo that is based on a unique 5-step approach to identifying and nurturing an individual’s “style type.” Heralded by Vogue as the best personal stylists, the duo also appeared regularly on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” and featured in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, InStyle, and The New York Times.