Two weeks ago I shared how Brit and I committed to remove one item from our home every day for 60 days. Well after the 60 days, it was more like 260 items. We got somewhat addicted to it and actually looked forward to finding things that were taking up space and were unnecessary for us to hold on to.
One outcome of getting rid of so much stuff is we now have spaces that are actually empty, or at least very close to empty. We have a drawer in our bathroom that holds two lotion bottles. A drawer in my dresser is completely empty. And a shelf in our pantry door serves no purpose but to store air.
But also a little daunting. Like, what is going to go there? What should I do with it?
I need to put something there. But I don’t have anything to put there. I should go buy some things to put there.
And thus the cycle continues.
However, instead of getting anxious about the empty space, I’ve decided to embrace it. When I think about our entire house and everything it can hold, I’m almost shocked there aren’t more empty spaces. Why do I feel like I need to fill every nook and cranny?
The truth is, I don’t. Just because there is room to store something doesn’t mean things need to be stored there. And I’m sure as our lives and family grows we will find ways to fill these empty spaces. But for now, I’m embracing it. I’m loving it. I actually look at the emptiness of our pantry door every day and it reminds me to breathe deeply. It feels peaceful and quiet and freeing. And it’s literally just a 10×12 inch space.
I think about that dieting, or rather portion control, technique where you use smaller plates so you’re not temped to fill an entire plate with more food than you actually need. Because if we use a larger plate we’ll be tempted to fill the plate with food so there are no empty spots. What is it with us and our fear of empty spaces? I don’t want to feel intimidated by it anymore.
An important part of organizing is understanding that it’s likely going to change. I’m constantly reorganizing things in our home as our needs and routines change. Having an empty space allows for that change and growth. I’m sure one day the pantry door will be filled with snacks for school lunches, and my dresser will change again if maternity clothes or nursing tanks rotate back into my life. But for now, the empty space brings so much joy and makes me feel relaxed, and who doesn’t want that?
Where can you create an empty, or almost empty, space in your home?
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