You don’t actually need MORE, you are perfect just as you are.
Clutter is stressful. The more stuff we fill our homes with the more time it takes to care for those items. And adding one more thing to your to-do list can feel stressful and daunting. So then the cycle happens where we don’t care for the stuff we have in our home, piles begin to build, those untouched things fill with dust, our health declines because we are breathing in dirty air and then we feel pretty rotten. Let’s start by stopping the cycle!
I’m not suggesting that you throw everything away. Let’s begin by taking a look at the bookshelves in your home. Clear some space on your bookshelves for the eye to fall on to nothing. Resist the idea that we have to fill all the shelves with books to the point that they are spilling over and stuffed in. Find places for the eye to rest on nothing. It’s in those spaces where your own creativity lives, it’s in those spaces that you can truly highlight the precious books on the shelf.
Make a pile of the books that you will never read again and either donate them to your local thrift store or find the Little Free Libraries in your neighborhood to donate to.
Now think of your own life, just your everyday life. Where can you create space for nothing? Where can you let go of the idea that you must be busy, that every second of your day needs to be filled with action items or noise, or that boredom means picking up your phone and scrolling through images of other people’s lives? Allow there to be room in your life where you stare off into space and daydream, reminisce, or work out the problem in your mind before reacting or doing. Just like the bookshelves, make room in your day for nothing. For the mind to settle and the body to relax.
Where in your home can you create room for the eye to fall on nothing?