Trash or Treasure: 6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Cleaning Out Your Closets

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When trying to decide which of your clothes, shoes, handbags, scarves, or jewelry to label as trash or treasure, try starting small.

No, I don’t mean the clothes that may not fit you anymore, I’m suggesting that you just take 10 items and 30 minutes tops to have a little Q & A with yourself. Try asking yourself the following questions.

Every time I help a client determine what she should keep and actually wear, she can’t wait to get out those pieces that accentuate the body parts she is not that fond of, and start wearing the ones that make her look and feel like bumping into as many people as possible when she leaves her home.

Not only will your closet be lighter, but you’ll actually feel lighter as cleaning out your closet will be very cathartic. Hey, that’s what I’m told over and over and over again.

Use this chart as a guide, and I can guarantee that after you get started, you’ll actually start enjoying the process.

Trash or Treasure: 6 Questions to Ask Yourself When Cleaning Out Your Closets


  • Scarlett De Bease is a personal wardrobe stylist who shows women women how to stop stressing about dressing and feel more confident when they walk into a room. She guides her clients virtually and in-person to create their own unique signature style, feel fearless and confident to be seen and heard, and excited to put themselves out to the world in a way that is game-changing. From creating outfits with what you already own, to taking you shopping in person or virtually, Scarlett uses her creativity and compassion to help women of all shapes, sizes, and ages go from feeling insecure and frumpy to confident, successful, and stylish. She takes boring outfits and turns them into “oh hell yeah, look at me outfits” while making her clients feel great about themselves. As the founder of Scarlett Image Consulting and author of Stop Stressing About Dressing, her one-of-a-kind in-person and worldwide online workshops reveal how a more powerful presence leads to more opportunities and more profit. You can find out more about Scarlett at

1 Response

  1. Mary Pless says:

    Cute article and graphic. I always enjoy TTT newsletter. I do recommend changing the “Do you look thinner?” line. It feeds into the stereotype that women need to be or look thinner. And it’s not accurate anyway. I’m often looking for clothes that give me a more girly shape. Some of us need a little more going on up top, for example.
    Thanks and regards.
    Mary Pless

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