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Mindfully Cleaning Out Closets

I recently did some Mindful Spaces coaching, helping a woman dig out of a walk-in closet she could barely walk into. She had hundreds of articles that made the simple act of getting dressed a very real challenge. Not only did she need to exert significant physical force to pull a hanger out, she also had to deal with shame – shame emanating from gorgeous items she wore years ago when she was in a smaller body.

We often tell ourselves that we’ll lose those pesky extra pounds and will someday fit back into that snazzy dress or tailored suit. We also have fond memories that makes getting rid of them difficult. And to top it off, sifting through every piece of clothing we own is physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausting.

I had a few requirements: 1) Have a donation plan and plenty of contractor bags (we had 8 full bags!), 2) Name the exact sizes that can be kept (sometimes she needed to try things on to SHOW me she could still comfortably wear them), and 3) Identify the % of items to keep (we started with 50%).

She deserved to feel like a queen, not an unworthy handmaiden! She now loves everything in her closet, has reclaimed her space, and can use that energy to reclaim other parts of her life.

What does your space say about you? Does it support you?


Theresa Rose is a business motivational speaker, corporate comedian, and expert on mindful performance who helps organizations and their teams increase sales and revenue, develop stronger leaders, create better connections, and build healthier cultures. For more information, visit

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