Clearing Your Closet to Make Room for the New You

Clearing Your Closet to Make Room for the New You Blog CarrieMontgomery.com Closet Cleanse

Clutter = chaos, right?

If you have no clue what’s in your closet, you have no idea what to wear. You may open the door and find that 15-year old sweatshirt that holds a few memories from your ex.

We all know that your clothes define your core style and branding. So, it makes sense to examine our wardrobes when we’re mapping out how to conquer the next step in business.

The process of removing items from your closet that are holding you back is how you create space for who you want to become. We all have a past. It’s an important chapter of our lives, but it doesn’t have to be the deciding factor on who we’re going to be in the future.

When you’re tackling a closet cleanse, the most important thing to remember is this: Who do you want to be?

When I work with clients, I try to uncover exactly where she’s put the most effort in her life. That’s where I can begin to understand her story. We face the same problems over and over, just in different guises. The challenge here is to take a closer look at the past and find a theme. We have to acknowledge the past in order to move forward. Otherwise, it’ll keep you stuck in the same place and that’s not the look you’re going for.

When we see the past neutrally, we can see the present with clearer vision. When you’re present with the moment you’re in right now, then you can step into where you want to be.

Step-by-Step: My Best Tips for Creating a Style that Fits You Now

First things first. Get a piece of paper or your journal and write down the vision of who you are and what you want from your life. Remember to consider what you’re wearing, how you interact with others, and how you show up in the world.

Your style and closet should be a reflection of that vision. It’s a manifestation of what’s going on inside. Like when I moved to Spain, I was conscious of what would work for the lifestyle, climate, my body image, and body shape. You have to be efficient when moving to another country and only taking what you love and works together!

Create a clean slate in your closet. Creating an environment that supports this vision of your true self will ultimately make it easier to reach your goals.

Things to remember: My advice on what to keep and get rid of differs drastically from what many other people recommend. It’s a good idea to physically remove every single item from your closet. Touching these garments helps you evaluate or dismiss any value they might have.

Permission to keep: As much fun as it would be to get rid of everything and really start fresh, that’s just not practical. You have to know when a piece is harming or helping your vision. As I packed my belongings into boxes that I wouldn’t see for awhile, I know these items were still part of my persona, but couldn’t make it to Spain.  It’s OK to keep some items that are near and dear, just not clutter.

Get rid of: Anything ripped, stained, yellowed, or looks tattered - think about it this way – what you keep is on a subconscious level of how you really feel about yourself. No one wants to think badly about themselves, so toss the trash and move on. You can keep those perfectly ripped jeans or the tee shirt that compliments the rocker look!

Consider carefully: Clothes that don’t fit are a touchy subject. On one hand, it’s not ideal to keep clothes that really don’t fit. But, if they’re close to fitting and you occasionally can fit into them, maybe it’s a good idea to keep a few pieces. Of course, you should get rid of them if the clothes make you feel badly about yourself.

If you haven’t worn it in a year: It makes sense to hold onto certain investment pieces. But, if you have a closet full of ball gowns and you haven’t been to a ball in a decade, it’s time to rethink their purposes. Sell them and let someone else enjoy the beauty of the garment.

Finally, fill in any missing gaps in your closet.

Making financial goals for your business is only half the equation when you’re trying to become the best possible version of yourself. You have to think about what you’re putting on your body, and how the fabric and fit affects your energy. It’s KEY to how you’re showing up in the world. A closet overhaul is really the best place to start as you step into your higher self. So ask yourself, how do you want to align yourself with your goals and vision?

Grab my Epic Wardrobe Checklist.

XO,

Carrie

P.S. If you’re ready to evaluate your soul style, let’s jump on a call.