Having just come back from a long weekend’s skiing, my unpacking method was to throw most of my ski gear into an empty drawer in the closet, ready to be packed again in a couple of weeks, if and when we decide to revisit the soft spring snow.
Yes, you read that correctly: I have an empty drawer in my closet, which lurks vacuously for most of the year, but is brought into service for occasions like this. I also have an empty section in our dining room cabinet, so that our unattractive paper recycling can be hidden from guests. If they’re overnight guests, they benefit from the empty drawer and hanging space in their bedroom. And the very top shelves of some of my kitchen cabinets are… well, empty.
The point I’m making is that life is a whole lot easier if you can afford to leave just a little empty space, to call upon when needed. Just like the plastic puzzles I used to play with as a child, sometimes you need to rearrange your picture, and it can be really hard if there isn’t a spare slot to work with.
If every available space in your home is jammed full of belongings, this may seem like a distant and wholly impractical idea. But for those of you who already have your stuff somewhat under control, try creating – and maintaining – a bit of spare space, and see how it makes you feel.
The same principle, of course, applies in not packing your schedule so full that you have no room for emergencies, or to stop and smell the roses. On that note, I really enjoyed this White Space article by organizer and productivity trainer Margaret Lukens.
Is empty space a reality in your life, or just a distant dream?
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