You then pick up one item and ask yourself "Does it bring you joy?" If the answer is yes, keep it. If no, donate it or discard it. It's as simple as that. Whether you feel joy or not is an emotional question, which elicits an instantaneous answer. It's either you feel joy or you don't.
Six Positive Results
1) Rediscover your individual style
In keeping only what sparks joy you get a stronger sense of who you are. Clothes are very much connected to who we are. What we wear is an expression of our spirit and character. If what you want to wear is all you are left with, then it becomes undeniably clear. If you end up with breezy gowns and ethnic-inspired looks, then you've got a bohemian style.
2) It shows what my wardrobe is missing
I've now identified what's missing in my wardrobe. After weeding out all the has-beens from many seasons ago, I now have a clear picture of the gaps that I need to fill in. It turns out I own too much black. My closet lack color. Now, instead of shopping vaguely and coming home with something I already have, I am more intentional. I know exactly what to hunt for. And the list is long. According to Marie Kondo, "Once the reducing phase is over, it's time to add joy." I'm excited to start building my wardrobe one outfit at a time.
3) I'm a wiser buyer
Now, before I buy anything, I ask myself the same question, "Does this spark joy?" I am no longer swayed by sale items or just because my friend says I should. I've decided to stay away from trendy clothes that I'm sure I will stop loving as soon as the season passes. Having come this far, I can no longer buy something just to make do. I have to consider all the factors that will make me love each piece of clothing and cherish it forever. I promised myself that I should stick to my 5 non-negotiable criteria. For one the fabric has to be natural, soft, and breathable, including the lining for the sake of comfort. The fit must be flattering and flawless. The seams finished in couture-like neatness. It has to be just as beautiful inside. And the color must suit my skin tone and not overpower it. The style can either be a timeless classic must-have or special pieces that defies to be classified as a trend.
4) I treat my clothes with more respect
My closet was so full of non-essentials that I couldn't take care of the things that really mattered. But when we are surrounded only with things that we love, we start treating everything with respect. Every item becomes part of a treasured collection, naturally handling it with care and showering it with love.