Thursday, August 1, 2013

Life's 'white spaces'

I have a friend with a decluttering business. She's an absolute whiz at helping people sort, clean out and organize their belongings—whether it's a closet, a room or an entire house. (If you live in my area and want her help, just email me at and ask for her contact information.)

As a trained journalist, I've always been sensitive to white space on a page—whether it's in a magazine, newspaper, brochure or ad. I am drawn more by a pleasing page with white space than to one crammed with text. I'm guessing you are, too. Most people are.

I like white space in my life, too. My friend the declutterer and I talk often about the importance of decluttering our lives and our surroundings. It's so freeing. And it brings such serenity.

So when I read a recent blog by someone whose posts I often read, I resonated deeply with many of his ideas. I really can't improve on what he says, so I'll include the link here and you can simply read what he says.

I hope you like Leo Babauta's ideas as much as I do. As with everything in life, take what's useful to you and leave the rest. And start with one thing until you've made that a habit and then move on to something else. Just don't try to change everything up at once or you'll set yourself up for failure.

Enjoy your quiet space or white space, whatever name you attach to it. Resist the temptation to fill it up with sound or activity.

1 comment:

  1. Amen!! Such excellent advice. I notice how many stores, restaurants, etc., have music (and often not my favorite genre) blaring constantly. I hope they read your blog. :=)