The Sweetest Thing About An Empty Space: Potential

The Sweetest Thing About An Empty Space: Potential

The empty room. 

You know that feeling, after you've signed the lease and been given the keys to your new place, and you take one long look around before you head home to pack? For me, it's a combination of excitement for the new space and dread over the moving process.

Maybe you make mental calculations about what furniture will fit where. Maybe you start to wonder what you'll do for curtains or how many lamps to buy because there isn't much light coming in the windows. Furniture, paint, curtains. Furniture, paint, curtains, oh my!

This is just a meditation on the potential of the empty space. Something we don't think about very much since most of us are pretty saddled with the opposite of empty space. If maybe we could walk into every room of our home after it was emptied we could see how it should be set up to really support our lives, instead of storage of things not really in use and not really loved anymore? 

So here's a radical thought: maybe instead of clearing things out one closet or corner at a time, we empty the entire room. We put back only the things we need there. A lamp, seating, bookshelves, a desk. How much would be left over? And would it be easier to see that you don't actually need it using an exercise like this?

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