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How to Clean Out the Memories in Your Closet

How to Clean Out the Memories in Your Closet
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How to Clean Out the Memories in Your Closet

We’ve all had this moment. We stare at a pair of jeans and think “wow, I used to love you.” And then we throw it to the back of the closet again. I recently put on a top and thought “hmmm I feel like I look like a teenager in this top”. It was not even the style because it was a simple scoop neck. I just didn’t feel like the color was me anymore. It was hot pink.

There was another top that I loved buuuttt an ex bought it for me. Whenever I wore the top or pulled it out of the closet I was reminded of the memory of that annoying break up. I was sad though, because I loved that tee so much. However I came to the conclusion that the annoyance of that memory was greater than my appreciation of the top. 

Acceptance: I am not wearing this piece of clothing because I either have grown out of this style or it is connected to a bad memory.

When a dress or pair of jeans starts to not feel like “you” there’s usually a reason. Accepting the reality of you growing out of your clothes — emotionally is the first step.

Ask: Ask yourself why. Why do you feel like this piece of clothing no longer feels like your personal style. 

  • Is the clothing not fitting you well? 

Appreciation: List out all the reasons you loved the clothes you no longer wear. 

I love what Leandra Medine lists out: 

  • Dependability: There’s a stylish practicality about them and that makes them dependable 
  • Multifariousness: They can be worn as so many things — thrown on haphazardly and still feel good or worn slowly and thoughtfully, as if methodically seasoned to tell a more complicated story
  • Neutrality: They’re good dressed down indiscriminately and good dressed up unconventionally 

Annoyance: Recall those memories that may be the reason you are not feeling this style anymore. Was the shirt/pants/shoes worn too much? Did an ex boyfriend give it to you? Sometimes pinpointing a bad memory along with the list of appreciation, will help you make a decision. Does the annoying memory trump the dependability and love of the clothing? If you can restyle it and leave the memory behind, keep wearing it. If not, donate it.

I think cleaning out your closet can be an incredibly therapeutic experience. You can really see your growth as an individual by your personal style. I think we should always be growing and tweaking our style. It’s a sign of movement, growth, creativity and individuality. Our memories can be a huge motivator towards change, healing and growth. 


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HI, I’m Hannah Lynn

I am married to my amazing, youth pastor, hubby John Miller. As a radio host, Bible teacher, speaker, and blogger, who loves Jesus, I want to point a generation towards finding their identity in Jesus Christ. I do this through illuminating all the ways the Bible relates to your life, teaching Mental Health tools, and having fun along the way with fashion. Getting to know Jesus through the Bible has changed my life and I fully believe He will change yours.

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