Stuff: I've always had a lot of it. When I was looking at colleges, I made sure to buy a sweatshirt at each stop. I've collected birthday cards, books, and enough notebooks—oh, sweet notebooks—to keep me journaling well into the next decade.
But last year, after paring down my closet and launching my own capsule wardrobe company, I carried this living-with-less approach to the rest of my life. I started purging my space of meaningless items and saying no to that which I didn't need, discovering a refreshing sense of clarity and freedom in the process. You can imagine the surprise of my friends and family (not to mention myself!) when I took up this minimalist living.