Over the course of this winter I noticed I was feeling claustrophobic & agitated –more so than the normal feelings of wanting to tell Jack Frost to take a hike already. Something felt desperately “off” in my world & I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Even my thoughts seemed muddled & cluttered. I finally had a break through moment while researching Minimalism. Some of what I read made sense. Now, I’m not saying I’ll start hugging trees, or that I’d be able to forego the digital devices but I looked around our home & realized I had surrounded myself with stuff. I’m not talking about the items I use every day or the things I LOVE, but the rest of it just felt like noise. Minimalism states that anything above or beyond necessity is wasteful, distracting, and creates disharmony in one's self. By eliminating unnecessary distractions, the minimalism lifestyle allows a person to slow down, become aware or mindful of their actions and impacts, acknowledge or appreciate things that matter. That is when I made the decision to purge…kind of like spring cleaning (which we touched on a few weeks back), only more ruthless…where us women separate ourselves from the girls. I started with the bathroom vanities & linen closets with reckless abandon. Items tossed: Old toiletries (sample sizes or otherwise) & make up (was there a reason I was hoarding 6 different body lotions that expired years ago?? Gone!); dried up/un-used nail polish, old toothbrushes; old towels; worn out sheets, bedding & bath mats; old pillows; old air fresheners; un-used cleaning products, etc. The personal application of minimalism will vary from person to person – what may be too much for one is considered necessity to others. Start where you feel comfortable & work from there. I will be revisiting this topic for other areas of the home, so stay tuned. In the meantime, I’ll pull up my big girl panties & attempt to get to work on my wardrobe.