1 Hotel Central Park 1 Hotel South Beach 1 Promise Starting New With 1 Less Thing Share Article: As each New Year approaches, we instinctively identify ways to improve ourselves for the coming year: resolve to sleep more, eat better, exercise with frequency, practice patience. In many cases, there are habits, relationships, experiences, or even objects we first need to let go of order to make room for our new, well-intended path for the coming year. In the spirit of starting new, we have launched our “1 Less Thing” initiative at all 1 Hotels. Donation boxes are placed in every guest room at 1 Hotel Central Park and 1 Hotel South Beach to allow guests to de-clutter and simplify, or even just create more space in their suitcase, by leaving behind gently used clothing which in turn will be donated to a local charity in both cities. Here are a few ideas for how to create space, set intentions, and start 2016 with positivity and perspective in your own life: 1 Less Thing: Clearing your spaces Even if you’re not visiting a 1 Hotel sometime soon, de-cluttering and simplifying is considered by many as therapeutic, or even life-altering. The old adage of “a cluttered room is a cluttered mind” rings true. There’s a lot to be said about clearing out your spaces, giving “stuff” away, and recycling or finding new uses for what is no longer needed — and there are a lot of ways to go about it. While we enter a new year, consider taking some tips on tidying up from One Kings Lane’s Editor, Cate La Farge Summers, based on her interpretation of Marie Kondo’s, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” 1 Less Grudge: Clearing your energy Letting go is important. Choosing to forgive and forget clears energy and opens up the space to let new people in. Of course, it’s not as simple as just setting the intention or even making a declaration. It’s process that requires acknowledgement of your feelings around a situation (regret, pain, sadness, etc.), releasing of those emotions by talking about and accepting what caused them, addressing that release with the other person or people involved, then celebrating the release, even with something as simple as a handshake or a written letter. Try it. It feels great. 1 Less Outburst: Clearing your mind Meditate, meditate, meditate. Find a technique and a schedule that works for you — there is no one way to meditate, after all. If you don’t know where to begin, check in every Monday for our Weekly Meditation series for thoughts on how to work meditation into your life and tips for how to different ways to practice meditation. Here’s what some of our friends and partners have to say about the purpose and positive impacts of meditation:V Art of Wellness, Healing Power of Meditation Holstee, A Three Minute Meditationmindbodygreen, How to Meditate in 10 Easy Steps (Infographic) Share Article: Other Articles You May Enjoy Beach Club Member Spotlight: Monica Simon Introducing Beach Club Member, Monica Simon. Monica is a Wealth Manager and Financial Advisor. View Story Tagged as 1 Hotel South Beach Our People How You Can Stop Global Warming Written by Melissa Denchak. Article provided by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Read the original story here. Healing the planet starts in your garage, in your kitchen, and at your dining-room table. View Story Tagged as 1 Promise Beach Club Member Spotlight: Dan Fingerhut Each month we will introduce you to a new Beach Club Member with our Member Spotlight Series, to help you get a glimpse in to the community we’re building. If you’re interested in becoming a Beach Club Member, apply to join today. View Story Tagged as Daylife 1 Hotel South Beach Our People To minimize the use of plastic in your own life, look around your home and work to identify plastic items. From there, seek to find alternatives.