We followed Related Rentals resident, Tracie during her first Fitz consultation with stylist Ellie, here is their story.
Before your Fitz consultation, what was the state of your closet and what were you most looking forward to when you heard about Fitz?
I normally do a little closet cleanse and reorganization every month, but was overdue when Fitz came. I figured it would be best to let them see it at its worst!
I was really looking forward to someone who could objectively help me part with the pieces in my closet that no longer sparked joy, which would hopefully help clear up some space in my closet.
Ellie, can you walk us through the whole Fitz experience?
During the 3 hour Fitz Foundation we organize the client’s closet by editing out the items they no longer wear and separate them into donations and consignment bags. We can also help to build outfits around some pieces they might struggle with. At the end of the appointment the client will have a beautiful closet organized by item and color.
What were some of the biggest challenges with Tracie’s closet?
Tracie has a lot of clothes and fairly limited closet space. Some items get pushed all the way to the back that she might have forgotten about, so we wanted to organize her clothes by color, which usually works better in smaller spaces.
Was there anything Ellie did or anything you discussed during your consultation that you would have never thought of?
I think the biggest thing was that they put all my clothes on the same color and style hanger, which really makes the closet seem less cluttered and confusing. Now I don’t have that feeling of dread looking for something to wear when I open my closet.
Also putting together outfits and taking photos of them is very helpful. If editing seems too overwhelming start with just one area, a dresser or a closet and leave the rest for another time.
What is some of the most valuable advice for keeping, donating, and consigning clothing?
My philosophy for consigning, donating and keeping clothes is to go through everything at least twice a year, fast fashion pieces go for donation and more high-end pieces can be consigned. I recommended editing with a friend, it’s faster and more fun!
During my consultation, Ellie helped me let go of clothes I don’t wear anymore or were trendy once. She showed me that it is OK to part with pieces that I really don’t wear – if they are not serving a purpose, they are truly just in my way. I would have never made the effort to identify a consignment shop and ship items for resale, but they took care of everything for me!
How does your closet look now?
Still very organized! Everything is in its own place and I’ve even found old pieces that had been hiding in the abyss that I love.
Now, having gone through the process, is there anything else you would want to ask your Fitz stylists?
Yes, help with cleansing my cluttered jeans drawer!