Messy ClosetEvery new year, people talk about “out with the old and in with the new.” What does that mean for your closet? Let’s think about this for a moment. What does your closet represent? It’s not just clothes in there. Those clothes represent something.

They represent your life.
What is worn and what is not will tell you a lot about your life and how you are living it. Do your work clothes get more wear and move to the front of the closet than your play clothes? Did your workout section go untouched most of the year? When was the last time your date clothes where worn? Did you have to buy different sizes this year?

If your closet could talkWhen you walk into your closet and notice what you wore most last year, it will tell you a lot about what you focused on and your top priorities. Is what you concentrated on last year the same as what you want your focus to be this year or do you have other goals? Do you want to play more, travel more, fall in love or maybe start a career?

What is worn and what is not will tell you a lot about your life and how you are living it.
Listen to your closet – it will tell you what you need more of this year. And if you want help sorting through those priorities, here are some pointers. When beginning any cleansing process, allow your intuition to guide you. Begin in a place where you are most comfortable. It could be with the items you absolutely want to get rid of or it could be the items you know you want to keep. Whichever is more comfortable to you that is where you begin.

The questions you want to ask yourself are:

  1. Does this reflect my current goals for the year? Maybe you want to advance in your career or personal life. Does this item reflect that?
  2. Does it fit my current body shape? Sometime women will hold on to items hopping they will get back to that size one day. If that is the case, let it go or remove it from the closet.
  3. How do I feel when putting this garment on? If you don’t feel beautiful or sexy when you put it on, it is time for it to go.
  4. Is it in good condition? If it has tears, stains or lost buttons, it is time to say goodbye.
  5. Is this the right color for me? The colors you wear can make you look younger or older. If it makes you look older, then it is not the right color for you, no matter how much you love that color (then think accessories).

If you are one of those who might be afraid of the empty closet syndrome, keep this in mind. Would you rather have more clothes that do not necessarily support you in feeling your personal best or fewer items that all support you seeing yourself as the image you desire to be?

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Happy New Year and Happy Listening!

Stephanie Ann VehonA nationally-recognized authority in image consulting and CEO of Image Empowering, Stephanie Ann Vehon brings proven expertise that dramatically affects her clients’ confidence, performance and success. Vehon served on the board of Dress For Success Southern Nevada from 2010 to 2012 and was recognized with an award for devotion to launching an organization. She has worked with several major companies including ERC of Nevada, Cintas, Appreciation Financial, Eccoci, Limited Editions for Her, MGM Resorts, Caesar’s Entertainment and Four Seasons.