By Meghan Bailey

Start the New Year rightThe sparkle of that top you rocked at your companies holiday party a couple of years ago, the smooth silk dress you remember wearing on that epic date night, and the booties you have tucked away in your closet because they were not made for walking. It is understandable to hold on to certain aspects of your wardrobe because they were there when your world was shaped. Sometimes, though, it’s time to let go and give someone else those same life-changing feelings.

Holiday gifts are being swapped and new pieces are making their way into your closet, which may already be overflowing. It is time for a wardrobe intervention and it will make you feel like a new person when you are done, plus you can also do some good.

Carve out a couple of hours, grab a glass of wine, put some music on and get started by asking yourself these five questions:

Does this fit?

One of the best things for your outer confidence is wearing clothes that fit you. Not in a couple of months, not last year but right now. If a piece is too tight, too small or tugging in the wrong areas, it is time to let it go.

Will I wear this again?

Your closet should be versatile. If you have a piece that you wore with a pair of rose-colored hippy sunnies one Halloween in the past, it probably is past the time to let it go.

If I were shopping right now, would this piece make the cut?

Simple. If you had to re-buy the article of clothing you are holding, would you? I’m not talking about re-buying on sale, but full price.

Does this piece fit into your current style?

If you are holding onto the past hoping that it might come back in style, it won’t, and if it does the material will be much better.

Am I keeping this because I’ll fix (a button, tear, rip, stain) it?

If it is still in your closet and not on the mend, chances are pretty good that you are not going to fix it.

Once you’ve asked yourself these questions, it is time to do some good. Those business clothes that don’t fit into your style, those can be donated to charities such as Dress For Success. You also may find that you have a treasure or two that you could sell and head to the shops to find a classic piece that will last forever. A clean closet does more for you than having that just cleaned feeling; it can also boost your creativity to showcase your outfits in a whole new way. Watch out world, here you come.

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