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Style Central: What's Lurking in Your Closet?

Has it been awhile since you last did a closet inspection or took a good look at your underwear drawer? If not now, when?

While reviewing my list of 2012 resolutions, I laughed out loud thinking about how some goals seem to magically re-appear year after year! If I lost five pounds every year I resolved to do so, currently I would be weighing in at a total of approximately thirty nine pounds. 

That's it, I'm done. No more resolutions for me. Instead, I'm going to start cleaning out my closet. Out with the old…in with the new. This is a positive step. One that I can see results from immediately. This is doable. This is not about deprivation, this is about making room for the new spring things on my wish list. 

How about you? Any pie in the sky resolutions you can skip this year? For many, seeing a list of unfulfilled goals at the end of the year creates undesirable levels of anxiety. No thank you. 

Instead, why not concentrate on realistic do-able things like throwing out those mangy old black tights and shopping for a new pair. Like cleaning out our closets. Now that, we can do!

Take the following quotes and chew on them a moment. 

I think you will find them to be helpful as you consider what's now in your clothing drawers and closet . . .

"Perhaps you try on certain items and then hang them back up. Perhaps you skip right over them like something that's been in the freezer too long and you no longer want to eat it. You've just said "NO" too many times. Off it goes."

Tim Gunn's Guide to Quality Taste and Style

"Think of cleaning your closet as an act of liberation . . . A girl needs a system. She needs to know what the heck is in her closet!"

Kendall Farr's The Pocket Stylist  

Having trouble saying goodbye to old favorites?  Think of it this way and consider the wise words of this Zen parable:

A wanderer on a lonely road came upon a torrential river that washed out the bridge. So he built a solid and heavy raft which carried him safely to the other bank. "This is a good raft," he thought. "If there is another river ahead, I can use it."  And he carried it for the rest of his life. 

Amen Brothers and Sisters. Amen. 


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