Years ago I was working with a wonderful client who I will call Marie. We had worked very hard in her laundry room/mud room. All the clutter was gone, items were now in labeled bins, supplies were where they needed to be, her Home Command Center was all set up, and the room (and Marie) felt great!
As we were looking over what we had accomplished I opened a cupboard door and the bottom shelf in that cupboard was completely empty. Marie looked at me in astonishment and said “What shall I put there?” I immediately replied with great joy “Nothing!!!”
I realized that this was a huge moment in Marie and my life. It’s ok to have empty spaces in our home AND in our life.
Why is it that we feel we have to fill up every part of our life?
- Do you look at your calendar and if there is a free night do you immediately think of something that you could do? Or, do you leave it open and just enjoy some time to yourself?
- Do you clear off the top of your desk and then immediately pile some more papers? Or do you enjoy the calm and peace that order brings and implement a system to keep your office organized?
- Do you greet your kids as they come home from school and then whisk them off to some activity every day? Or do you have some afternoons where you sit with them, enjoy them, and really, really listen as they tell you about their day?
- Do you have your cell phone with you every minute of the day and constantly check for new text messages? Or do you turn it off (or better yet leave it home) when you go out with friends and give them your complete attention?
This really is your time and it may be time for a ‘time out’! Where can you put precious empty space in your life and home? What can you get rid of so you can have empty space?
I want to hear what you do!