Find the Emptiness

Organizing is easy when know what games to play with yourself. Creating space isn’t just about getting rid of things or about re-arranging furniture. It’s about changing your mindset, going from a half-full to a half-empty way of thinking.

Yes, that is the reverse of the usual. In terms of optimism, you want to see a glass half-full, but in terms of space, you want to see it half-empty.

As a child I played in forests a lot. Most woods have an undergrowth of brambles and branches ready to scratch and ensnare you. Walking through this undergrowth became much simpler for me when I stopped looking at the brambles and branches and started looking at the space between them. By looking for empty spots, I learned how to run through a thick forest without stumbling or getting scratched.

I created a half-empty mindset.

And how is this useful for creating space in the home? Quite simply.

If you enter a cluttered room and only see the clutter you’ll likely feel overwhelmed, maybe even panicky. You’ll back out of the room (or turn and flee), close the door and pretend that room doesn’t exist.

Instead, if you walk into the room looking for a blank spot, for emptiness, you’ll not notice the clutter as much. Go to that emptiness and expand it. Remove items around it, creating a larger blank spot. If you feel stuck, find another empty place and work there.

Keep going until the space is half-empty.

Someday Lessons:

  • Organizing starts with the mind. Declutter that first.
  • How you perceive life changes how you act.
    Practice different points of view.

Lunch Today:
Aoxa de veau at Bo Bar in Bordeaux

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One thought on “Find the Emptiness

  1. Nada Thomson says:

    This is a masterpiece Alex! Well said!!!

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