The clothes that live in your closet tell a story.
You bought them, or they were gifted to you -- for a reason.
Maybe you wore them, maybe you didn't -- and that is a story in itself.
Some of these clothes get worn a lot-- some used to be worn a lot, but are no longer.
If you were to invite someone into your home, and invite them to see the contents of your closet, I am sure you would feel compelled to tell the story of the items hanging there (or not hanging...perhaps they are on the floor!). We'd need to explain how this blazer was the best purchase we ever made, or that dress was bought for a party we never went to, or how that suit is VERY expensive but we need to lose five more pounds to wear it. Oh, and over here, here are the clothes that dear Aunt Beatrice gifted you (aren't they lovely --vintage!!-- no, they don't fit...). And this is my FAVORITE.... Etcetera.
Imagine for a moment that you aren't standing there to tell the story. What if someone had to look at your closet and determine who you are from what is hanging there? Would they be able to?
The clothes in our closet are an extension of ourselves and our personalities. Because of this, there are many emotions tied to what's hanging on those hangers in that small/medium/large space behind those doors. WE know the story. OTHER people don't.
Without any blame, go through the contents of your closet. What in there is an accurate reflection of where you are today, right now? Isolate those clothes from the rest. You don't have to get rid of anything just now...just look at what you can pull from the closet that our imaginary visitor could look at and say...oh, yes, I have an idea who this person is.
Mull it over a while. You might be surprised at what you discover.
Jennifer Skinner, Wardrobe Planning Expert