With a new year comes new goals, resolutions, and intentions. The motivation and inspiration the new year brings is exciting and at times can be overwhelming. To make space for NEW and desired change it’s important to clear out the old. The past few years I have used January as a time to get rid of the things I do not love or use on a regular basis. I clean out my closets, jewelry, bookshelf, beauty products, and pantry… not all in one day of course. I donate everything that is donate-able and try to recycle the rest. Eleven days into the new year and I have managed to get through most of my things and have a few bags in the back of my Jeep to drop off at Salvation Army. This purge isn’t to make space for new things but to make space for creativity, clear thoughts, and positivity. I find having an excess of stuff is more distracting than helpful. It’s hard to de-stress and decompress if your bedroom is filled with clutter. It’s also hard to find something you need if you have an overflowing closet, garage, room, etc. I read a helpful article on Cosmopolitan right before the new year about cleaning out your closet and it got me motivated to start my purge. We live in a consumer-based world and are fed images all day long that can make it seem like we are missing something or need the newest whatever. Don’t get me wrong, I know ads are necessary, I like shopping/new things, and I love my stuff just as much as the next person but at the end of the day – things are just things and at some point more is not better. I encourage you to take inventory of your belongings and give what you don’t love to someone who will. Make space for the change and life you want in this new year.