The more curious and open to learning new things I’ve become the more I’ve realized that creating space can make some positive changes.
Space in my closets
Means that I don’t have to spend time picking through outfits that don’t fit, are out of style or aren’t flattering.
I donate clothing on a continuous basis and strictly adhere to the “one in, one out” rule: I don’t buy a new item of clothing unless I get rid of one first. This keeps my closet under control as I continue to figure out my style and what works for me. I’ve gotten many tips from Courtney Carver on how to pare down my wardrobe, and hope to get up the courage for Project 333, her minimalist fashion challenge course (https://bemorewithless.com/project-333/), soon.
Space in my cabinets
Means that I use what I love and nothing goes to waste.
I’ve eliminated duplicates, use quality items and waste less food (hiding at the bottom of my freezer or in the back of my cabinets).
Space on my countertops
Means that clean ups are easier.
Less clutter makes me feel more relaxed.
Space in my social calendar
Means that I have time to do what is meaningful to me.
I’d rather give more time and attention to fewer things than rush through an overwhelming social calendar.
Space in conversations
Means that I am a better listener and that I am able to respond rather than react.
I used to let my emotions get the best of me and feel the need to react immediately. Oftentimes, after thinking about a previous conversation, I would see things in a different way and even regret some things that I’ve said. Although I’m still working at this, I feel like I am able to provide a more thoughtful response rather than an immediate reaction. Sometimes, “sleeping on it” really does make a difference when it comes to emotions!
Space from TV and internet
Means that I am more engaged in mind and body activities (rather than things that are mind numbing).
I was raised on TV and admit that watching television is one of my favorite pastimes, but by watching less I can do more things, especially things from my self-care routine (like yoga and meditation), that have more lasting positive effects. Since it’s easier to pick up the remote after a long day, this can be challenging for me. What has worked for me lately is reducing my screen time slowly or putting my phone out of sight for a few hours or even an entire weekend.
Creating space means