Here’s a brilliant insight from a guy who was on the Oprah Winfrey show today, where the theme was “living in small spaces.” Some people might feel like it’s enough to find a home for everything, but if that means your storage space is crammed tight, it won’t work well. The idea is to leave a little breathing room. Purge as necessary, and restrict acquisitions, to leave 10 percent of your storage space open.
There are so many good reasons for this!
1. It will make you feel better psychologically.
2. If you believe in that “woo woo” stuff, it sends a message to the universe that you’re open to receiving new things (not just material things).
3. It makes it much easier to move your stuff around if you decide you want things in different areas.
4. It allows you to easily receive unexpected arrivals of new stuff (for instance, a big bag of hand-me-down clothes for your kid, or your old childhood stuff that your parents finally make you take). This is presuming, of course, that you follow it up with purging stuff you no longer need and/or love.
5. It simply looks prettier, and will show off visible storage (like stuff on shelves) to its best advantage.
This idea has me so incredibly excited! Plus, it gives me an excuse to get rid of more stuff. I wouldn’t say my space is stuffed full, but I don’t think I have 10 percent open, either.