My wardrobe was the first thing that I worked on reducing when I started my minimalism journey.
I could still remember my wardrobe used to have so many clothes that I dreaded opening it. Clothes will literally topple out of the wardrobe and onto my head. Then, I had to painstakingly pick them up from the floor, fold them, and stack them back in the wardrobe. Unknowingly, it caused me much stress.
I took out all my clothes and sorted them into 3 piles- ‘Stay’, ‘Go’, and ‘Undecided’. In the end, my wardrobe was left with 20% of the clothes I used to have. The 80% was given to the less fortunate.
The positive impact from the wardrobe decluttering was so evident that I could still feel it till this day.
I believe that our wardrobe is a very important part of our lives. “佛要金装, 人要衣装 (fo yao jin zhuang, ren yao yi zhuang).” This chinese idiom literally means that “The Buddha needs gold (clothing), human needs clothing”, which translate to the need for people to be presentable in their attire.
Having a wardrobe to be proud of will lead us to happiness and success. On the other hand, a disorganized wardrobe, with undesirable clothes all over the place, will make us uncomfortable and lead to lack of confidence.
For anyone who is keen on letting go of their excess and not know where to began, consider your wardrobe. It is an easy place to start as it somewhere where we need to open everyday.