Get Empowered: 3 Ways Your Interior Reflects Your Exterior


We live in a materialistic world. We buy things out of necessity or to feel good about ourselves. We strive for lavish gifts; some of us covet our possessions, give them away or want to be millionaires.

Regardless of your intentions, we create meaning in our physical world by the objects we collect and the way we present ourselves.

From your home to the car you drive to the shoes on your feet, your image portrays a message to the world (whether you’re aware of it or not).

Sometimes, our homes reflect exactly who we are, representing our cultural traditions, our aesthetics, our travels, wishes and dreams. Other times, our interiors are chaotic, messy and haphazardly put together. The same goes for the way you present yourself to the world: Are you pieced together by frayed pajamas or do you take pride in the way you look, both in business and at home?It seems such a shallow thing — to pay attention to the picture you’re creating — but it all matters. Everything you do says something about who you are and who you wish to be. What you stand for (or settle for) sends a clear outbound message that this is the “level” of life you want to live. So, if you’re rocking a 1995 Honda Civic and live in a rental the size of a shoe, it might be hard to manifest the life of your dreams.

It’s important to get visual, because we live in a visual world. Pay attention to what you pay attention to in terms of the way you dress, how you live and how you present yourself.

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Follow these tips to make your interior and exterior go hand in hand to rise up to the level of elegance/edginess/eclectic style you want to achieve.

Take inventory

If you see the same things day after day, you become unconscious to them. The objects in your home become just a couch, just a chair, just that cool wallpaper you bought at that boutique. You stop seeing the layout of your home. You stop feeling anything because you’re not really seeing. If you feel uninspired by your surroundings, this could fester into other areas of your life. Take stock of what you like and don’t like in your home. Pick one way to enhance your favorite room. Purchase a piece of art. Get lavish bed linens. Splurge on one dream piece that is reflective of the type of life you want to live.

Clear the clutter

If you are a messy person at home, chances are you have messy thoughts (and maybe even a messy appearance). When your home is junked up with too much stuff, it’s hard to breathe, think or get clear about intentions — literally. Instead of going room by room to purge, clear out your house by objects. Start with all of the clothes, then books, toys, dishes, papers, etc. Tackle one item at a time and only keep those that bring you joy. If you are simply nostalgic for that fuzzy sweater, the vase you never use, the set of luggage that’s been sitting in the closet since 2005, appreciate it for what it is and then let it go. If it’s out of sight, crammed in the back of a closet or cabinet, chances are you don’t need it — or really want it. Let go of meaningless objects and keep the ones that resonate.

Hire professionals

You might roll your eyes at this one, but hiring a stylist to do a closet audit with what you have or an interior designer to give you some amazing ideas can be the catalysts that shift you from being just okay with your appearance and surroundings to rocking your clothes and feeling like your home is a permanent vacation. Sometimes you have to spend money and take risks to get you to the next level, and hiring trained professionals can give you a unique insight to what’s special about your home, your body and your own sense of style. The money spent will be a little more upfront, but will ultimately save you time and money in the long run. Mistakes in interior décor (and clothing) can be very costly! With all other areas of our lives that we tend to, why not give the roof over our heads and the clothes on our backs some personal attention?

Whatever your goal, pay attention to all the pieces that are part of the larger equation. Starting with what you have and building on it can lead you to great places…outside and in.

Lindsey Cavanaugh